If history has taught us anything, it’s that the human spirit is resilient. In Italy, for example, where more than 15,000 cases of Coronavirus have been reported and ignoring self-isolation rules will result in 3 months of jail or a fine, citizens have maintained a sense of community through song. A new video shows citizens in Italy leaning out their windows to share in a tune during the nationwide quarantine.
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
The poignant footage is immensely heartwarming. As Unilad reports, the video has been shared widely on social media. It offers a timely reminder of the importance of solidarity during periods of crisis.
The song, entitled Canto della Verbena (And While Siena Sleeps), is a folk song traditionally sung as a means of expressing pride in Italy. David Allegranti uploaded the video. He wrote,
“In Siena, the city to which I am very attached, you stay at home but you sing together as if you were on the street. I was moved. Many people have been left deeply touched by the heartwarming footage, which perfectly illustrates the enduring resilience and pride of the Italian people during what is a very difficult time.”
In response to the moving video, composer, broadcaster, and writer, Howard Goodall, replied:
“As evening falls in locked-down Siena, citizens confined to their homes are singing together as if they are on the street. What a moving testament to the instinctively musical & open-hearted people of Italy.”
Italy is now the second most severely impacted county by the coronavirus outbreak after China, reports BBC News. The current lockdown has left nearly 16 million people effectively quarantined. Most shops excluding supermarkets, pharmacies, and the stocking of food are closed. Until April 3rd, schools and universities will remain closed. Furthermore, citizens have been forbidden to gather in public and all sporting events have been suspended.
Said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a TV address:
“I thank you. I know you are changing your habits and making sacrifices and I know it is not easy. But all your sacrifices are offering a precious contribution to the country.
[…] Do not think you will be able to see a change tomorrow or the next few days. We’ll have to wait two weeks to see the impact of these measures. We need to stay calm, collected, careful and responsible.”
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