Italians took to their balconies at midday on Saturday joining each other in collective applause to honor doctors, nurses and healthcare workers on the frontline to combat the coronavirus emergency.
From the northern city of Milan — close to the epidemic’s epicenter — to the southern cities of Naples and Palermo, the applause was just one of the many initiatives across Italy which is under lockdown.
From Friday afternoon, hundreds of Italian citizens have joined social calls and flash mobs, organizing singalongs and improvised performances on their balconies. People of different ages sang popular songs of hope and solidarity in a virtual embrace against the virus.
Videos on social media showed neighbors of entire buildings performing the Italian national anthem, while waving the Italian flag, or banners with the hashtag #Andratuttobene (#Allwillgowell).
In Milan, a video of a musician playing on his trumpet “O mia bela Madunina” (Oh My Beautiful Virgin Mary) — considered a symbol of the northern Italian city hit hard by the virus — went viral on social media and made international headlines.
The global death toll from the virus is over 5,300 with more than 142,000 cases confirmed worldwide.
However, the vast majority of those who get infected recover from the illness.
Italians honour its health workers with midday applause
Gepostet von The Asia Live am Samstag, 14. März 2020