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Italians take to singing at windows to beat virus blues

AFP
Published Mar 14, 2020, 11:18 am IST
Updated Mar 14, 2020, 11:18 am IST
One recording in the Tuscan city of Siena has been viewed over 600,000 times on Twitter
People wearing a protection mask walk through a deserted area by the Loggia della Mercanzia 16th Century building in Genoa, Liguria, on March 13, 2020 (AFP)
 People wearing a protection mask walk through a deserted area by the Loggia della Mercanzia 16th Century building in Genoa, Liguria, on March 13, 2020 (AFP)

Rome: Italians are beating the social isolation imposed by the country's coronavirus lockdown by taking to their windows and singing in unison, with videos of the phenomenon racking up thousands of views online.

Since Monday a series of decrees from the Italian government have drastically limited citizens' movements, with vast swathes of the economy shut down and people instructed to leave the house only when strictly necessary.  

 

All cultural events have also been suspended, prompting some celebrities to start organising online performances and museums to put virtual tours online.

Italian singer Andrea Sannino posted a compilation on his Instagram feed of people singing his song Abbracciame (“Embrace Me”) at their windows in the southern city of Naples, his hometown.

An appeal has also been circulated on WhatsApp groups calling on Italians to play instruments at their windows at 6pm on Friday.

“For those few minutes, our country will become a huge free concert!” the message said, while another message is encouraging people to sing specific songs on certain days.

Italy has been struck by the worst European outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, with more than 15,000 cases and 1,000 deaths.

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