(Matt Clinch’s article appeared on CNBC 3/24; via the Dridge Report.)

KEY POINTS

  • Italy is one of the worst affected countries by COVID-19.
  • It has 17,660 confirmed cases and 1,266 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Schools, museums, universities and cinemas have been closed.
  • The shutdown is weighing heavily on Italy’s economy.      

Photo:  A girl sings from the window during the flash mob, March 13, 2020. Some people have organized a flash mob asking to stand on the balcony and sing or play something, to make people feel united in the quarantine. Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Image

Videos have been shared on social media of Italian citizens singing and dancing during a nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The videos, from various cities and towns, show people singing from balconies and windows in an attempt to boost morale, with all non-essential shops and services still closed in the country.

Italy is one of the worst affected countries in the world by COVID-19, with 17,660 confirmed cases and 1,266 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. That’s the largest outbreak outside of China.

One widely shared video shows neighbors singing a patriotic folk song in Siena, a city in central Italy’s Tuscany region.

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