After Mainland China, Italy is the worst hit by the coronavirus catastrophe. According to the Live Coronavirus Tracking Dashboard, 17,660 cases have been confirmed so far, while 1,266 people have already lost their lives in the fight against the virus.
Hence, to contain the virus from spreading, the Italian government has put the entire nation in lockdown, putting daily life on hold. Only grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies are allowed to operate, reported The Guardian. Streets are deserted and people dread leaving their houses in the nationwide quarantine.
And amidst this emergency, people of Italy have not lost hope. In several viral videos coming from across the country, people can be seen singing together in harmony from their balconies, reported News18.
Journalist Hannah Murphy shared the heart-warming video of people from Naples singing together from their balconies during the coronavirus quarantine.
— Hannah Murphy (@MsHannahMurphy) March 13, 2020
Soon after, many people took to Twitter and shared similar videos of people singing together from their homes.
A Siena, città alla quale sono molto legato, si sta in casa ma si canta insieme come se si fosse per la strada. Mi sono commosso pic.twitter.com/IDPqNEj3h3
— David Allegranti (@davidallegranti) March 12, 2020
Italy. People locked inside turn to their windows and balconies singing so everyone feels less lonely. Here is #Naples singing "Abbracciame" (Hug me). #Coronavirus #CoronavirusUSA pic.twitter.com/DHVPvxbB8d
— Ryan Meilak (@rmeilak) March 13, 2020
What a response to the coronavirus lockdown. Viva Italia 🇮🇹pic.twitter.com/uyEm18DJ9a
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) March 14, 2020
My neighbours in Rome singing Bella Ciao ❤️🤍💚 pic.twitter.com/gu1NqNjlHQ
— Jessica Phelan (@JessicaLPhelan) March 13, 2020
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) March 13, 2020
Bologna Italy 🇮🇹 tonight pic.twitter.com/Bl1XNVecXa
— MOTUdrawingchallenge (@MOTUdrawing) March 14, 2020
From singing patriotic songs to pop and folk song and even the national anthem, the Italian neighbours are simultaneously boosting morale and managing to kill time during the quarantine.
People online were impressed by the will-power of the Italians in the face of isolation:
The beauty of ethnic nationalism during times of crisis. The nation is the ultimate extended family.
— Matt (@Manxman2) March 14, 2020
Love their spirit!
— Kat J Trimble #FBPE still European (@KatTrimble) March 14, 2020
Oh, my heart! 🇮🇹
— Annie Blackmore (@annie_blackmore) March 13, 2020
Such spirit, such solidarity! Forza Italia!
— Public Eye (@PublicEyeMedia) March 13, 2020
This is beautiful! Proves once more that Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world 🥰 Sending love and solidarity from Munich! ❤️
— Julia Rothhaupt (@JuliaRothhaupt) March 13, 2020
Ah that made me cry. How lovely.
— MH (@MarianneHumble) March 13, 2020
— Dave dBrave (@Dave_dBrave) March 13, 2020
At a time when many might panic, these people have found an interesting way to spread the message of humanity and keeping their spirits high while socially distancing themselves from each other. Hang on you guys, this too shall pass!