Global Spotlight: Europe – Italy

Coronavirus

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Italy Coronavirus Deaths Rise to 3,405, Topping China

11,056 views•Mar 19, 2020
Bloomberg Markets and Finance
574K subscribers
Mar.19 — Italy surpassed China as the country with the most coronavirus deaths, as its number of fatalities reached 3,405 and the pandemic’s global spread accelerates. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson insisted the U.K. can “turn the tide” against the coronavirus by June. Alessandro Speciale reports on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia.”

Coronavirus lockdown in Italy as 16 million people quarantined

‘You Call This a Lockdown?’ Coronavirus Tests Italians’ Commitment to the Common Good BY NICOLE WINFIELD / AP MARCH 10, 2020 time.com
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And yet for Chinese nationals living in Italy, the government measures failed to impress.

“You call this a lockdown?” was the general sense of the WeChat social media group that Susan Gao belongs to along with other Chinese women living in Italy.

“Our husbands continue to go to work and they refuse to wear masks,” lamented Gao, a Beijing native who lives in Milan and is married to an Italian and has an 8-year-old daughter.

“China didn’t allow anyone (to go to work),” she said. “Everyone had to stay home. You had to ground yourself at home to reduce the risk of passing on the virus.”

She marveled that Milanese were still going skiing on the weekends — until the government abruptly closed all lifts this week — saying she has friends in Wuhan who still can’t leave their compound.

“Everybody wonders how they (Italians) can be so relaxed,” she said. “In our minds we think they are crazy.”..”

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Medical

‘Brace Yourself’: Doctors in Italy Share Coronavirus Advice | NYT News

1,716,655 views•Mar 23, 2020
The New York Times
2.6M subscribers

Officials in the U.S. and elsewhere fear they’ll face a coronavirus scenario similar to Italy’s soon. Three doctors and a nurse in Lombardy, the region hit hardest by the virus, described what they faced and offered advice to those awaiting the storm.

Coronavirus: Italy’s hardest-hit city wants you to see how COVID-19 is affecting its hospitals
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Sunday 22 March 2020 06:40, UK news.sky.com
The sheer numbers of people succumbing to the coronavirus is overwhelming every hospital in northern Italy.

Italy: Cuban doctors and nurses arrive to help fight coronavirus

14,524 views•Mar 22, 2020
Ruptly
1.08M subscribers

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A delegation of 37 Cuban doctors and 15 nurses arrived at Milan Malpensa airport on Sunday to offer a helping hand to the overloading Italian healthcare system which is currently buried under the weight of the coronavirus outbreak.

Italy: FM Di Maio welcomes Russian aid planes amid coronavirus fight

Music

12-year-old twins play violin concert in quarantine

18,564 views•Mar 27, 2020
CBS News
2.45M subscribers

Mirko and Valerio, 12-year-old twins from Sicily, put on a violin concert while in quarantine, performing Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”

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Italy: Turin man DJs from balcony as musicians seek to lift spirits amid coronavirus quarantine

24,404 views•Mar 14, 2020
Ruptly
1.06M subscribers
A man in Turin performed an impromptu DJ set from his balcony on the Italian city on Friday, as musicians across Italy sought to raise the spirits of a nation under coronavirus quarantine.

Other locals could be seen standing on their balconies to enjoy the performance, which was part of a nationwide flashmob organised on Facebook that aimed to counter the isolation of the lockdown and foster solidarity between Italians.

Videos of the event in Turin as well as in the other Italian cities have been widely shared on social media platforms calling for solidarity for the people who remain in quarantine.

A nationwide quarantine is currently in effect in Italy, the European country worst hit by COVID-19, with over 17,000 cases and 1,266 deaths.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Italian residents join together to sing from balconies during lockdown

1,425,351 views•Mar 13, 2020
Global News
1.3M subscribers
As Italy entered its fourth day of a nationwide lockdown, Italy residents took to their balconies on Friday evening to sing the national anthem in a ‘flash mob’ to raise morale amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Italian musician performs for neighbors on lockdown
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89,878 views•Mar 13, 2020
HeartThreads
1.44K subscribers
Italian musician Didie Caria performed ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ on a balcony for his neighbors on lockdown because of the coronavirus. His performance was part of a “flash mob” event that encouraged Italians to sing or play music from their windows or balconies.

People in Italy sing outside their windows to raise moral | 10News WTSP

165,880 views•Mar 13, 2020
10News WTSP
26.1K subscribers
A countrywide lockdown in Italy because of the coronavirus didn’t stop defiant Italians from enjoying their Friday. People up and down the country opened their windows and came together to sing the national anthem for a ‘flash mob’ to raise morale in an increasingly difficult time.

Coronavirus: quarantined Italians sing from balconies to lift spirits

2,312,466 views•Mar 13, 2020
Guardian News
874K subscribers
People across Italy have been singing from their balconies in an effort to keep up morale as the country faces the worst coronavirus outbreak outside China. Italy’s 60 million citizens were placed under lockdown to halt the spread of a virus that has so far claimed over 1,000 lives in the country
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Italians take to singing at windows to beat virus blues | AFP

239,650 views•Mar 13, 2020
AFP News Agency
577K subscribers
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.

American Impacted

Coronavirus Patient Recounts Coming ‘One Inch From Death’
By Jennifer Levitz
March 10, 2020 wsj.com

Rhode Island vice principal in intensive care unit after chaperoning school trip to Italy

Medical Relief


Samaritan’s Purse Italy Field Hospital Opens

written by Jeff Thompson March 23, 2020 assistnews.net
“…Cremona, Italy – The Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Response Team is now treating patients with Coronavirus outside Milan.

The 68-bed respiratory unit Emergency Field Hospital is now providing urgent care to coronavirus patients. It is set up in the Cremona Hospital parking lot. Staff worked with the Italian Air Force and Lombardy Region volunteers to unload the 20 tons of medical equipment delivered by air transport. Read the entire story here…”

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