Coronavirus Outbreak: Confined to their homes, quarantined Italians sing together
In the video, Italians can be seen singing the Canto della Verbena, a popular traditional folk song of Italy as the country paints a deserted look amidst coronavirus outbreak
Life has come to a standstill after the outbreak of coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city, spread to more than 100 countries, infecting over 1,20,000 people. A nationwide lockdown has been instituted in Italy, which has witnessed nearly 60 percent of the deaths due to COVID-19. On March 11, the country shut all stores except for pharmacies and food shops in a desperate bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
People of my hometown #Siena sing a popular song from their houses along an empty street to warm their hearts during the Italian #Covid_19 #lockdown.#coronavirusitalia #COVID19 #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/7EKKMIdXov— valemercurii (@valemercurii) March 12, 2020
And now, a viral video showing the true spirit of Italians has taken the internet by storm. In the video that has gone viral, Italians can be seen singing in solidarity as they fight the contagious pandemic. Twitter user Valemercurii shared the heartwarming video with the caption: People of my hometown Siena sing a popular song from their houses along an empty street to warm their hearts during the Italian lockdown.
This is so beautiful I have tears in my eyes. What amazing voices and such heart.— Living Kidney Donor (@NancyLCouch1) March 13, 2020
This is just one of many examples of why I LOVE Italy and the Italian people. #WeLoveItaly
People breaking out in song, lifting each-other's spirits during this tragedy, is an act of striking beauty.— David, Fiery Resister (@flowingfire) March 13, 2020
It's a reminder that, especially during a tragedy, the human spirit keeps us all going in hope. We shine our best in the darkness.
Thank you, #Siena. You made my day.
Valemercurii later informed that the song in the video is Canto della Verbena, a popular traditional folk song of Italy. The viral video, which has garnered over 5 million views and 1.5 lakh likes has generated all sorts of comments from Twitterati.
Illustration: Atul Jain
One user wrote, "This is so beautiful I have tears in my eyes. What amazing voices and such heart," while another user commented, "Gotta love the Italians!" A third user said, "People breaking out in song, lifting each-other's spirits during this tragedy, is an act of striking beauty."
I cry there’s still humanity leftðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ— Supernatural (@Supernaturalb22) March 12, 2020
Italian’s are such beautiful people! They don’t deserve this.ðÂÂÂ¤¨— Evelyn The Modified Dog (@Zionsphere44) March 13, 2020
While some lauded the courage and spirit of the Italians, others said that the video brought tears in thier eyes. And it's just not Siena, people in Naples, Trapani and several parts of Italy are coming forward to show the spirit of humanity to fight coronavirus.
One user shared a video from Naples where people were singing in unity during the lockdown across the country. While in another video, a man can be seen playing a trumpet and entertaining crowd in Trapani. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a 'pandemic' and expressed deep concern.
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