Italians thank doctors with midday balcony applause, parks closed for coronavirus lockdownRecord ID: 1463937
- Title: Italians thank doctors with midday balcony applause, parks closed for coronavirus lockdown
- Date: 14th March 2020
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (MARCH 14, 2020) (REUTERS) PEOPLE ON BALCONIES CLAPPING TO THANK DOCTORS AND NURSES FOR FIGHTING AGAINST CORONAVIRUS WOMAN ON BALCONY CLAPPING / ITALIAN FLAG MADE WITH GREEN, WHITE AND RED T-SHIRTS ON BALCONY PEOPLE ON BALCONIES CLAPPING WOMAN HOLDING CHILD CLAPPING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ON BALCONIES CLAPPING WOMAN ON BALCONY WAVING RED AND YELLOW FOULARD VARIOUS PEOPLE ON BALCONIES CLAPPING MAN ON BALCONY PLAYING DRUM PEOPLE ON BALCONIES CLAPPING BANNER ON BALCONY READING (Italian) "ALL WILL BE WELL" (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT, GIUSEPPE CARUSO, SAYING, REPLYING TO JOURNALIST IN STREET ASKING "HOW DO YOU FEEL?â€ "We made this banner with the children to spend some time as children are the ones who suffer the most from this situation of lockdown and to send a good luck message. I think that this message of trust and these colours could be helpful also for people walking in the streets." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT, GIUSEPPE CARUSO, SAYING: "We try, we are making attempts... it's a new situation for everyone. We hope that this lockdown attempt will be successful. Let's hope, come on." GATE OF CLOSED PARK SIGN ON GATE READING (Italian) "THE PARK WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 25, 2020. ORDER OF THE MAYOR NUMBER 56 OF MARCH 13, 2020" VIEW OF EMPTY PARK SEEN THROUGH FENCE GATE OF CLOSED PARK (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT, TINCU SORIN, SAYING: "We went out after almost two weeks to go for a ride but everything is closed. So we will go back and stay at home. We must respect everyone. Unfortunately, it's like this and we follow the government's decisions." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT, HELEN BUTTER, SAYING: "Let's try at least to be a little more relaxed. The decision to close parks, where there is oxygen, where a person can let off steam while keeping his distance...I do not agree." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT, VINCENZO ABRUZZESE, SAYING: "We are in these conditions but other countries are not in a better situation... I think if we had followed China's example at first if we had closed everything and done the things that are being done now, the problem would have been solved sooner." GATE OF CLOSED PARK WOMEN RUNNING IN FRONT OF GATE OF CLOSED PARK EMPTY PARK SEEN THROUGH FENCE VARIOUS OF MAN SMOKING CIGARETTE ON BALCONY / BANNER WITH RAINBOW AND READING (Italian) "ALL WILL BE WELL" BANNER WITH RAINBOW AND READING (Italian) "ALL WILL BE WELL"
- Keywords: Italy Rome applause balconies closed parks coronavirus doctors health lockdown nurses outbreak
- Reuters ID: LVA001C50WI87
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- City: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Duration: 00:03:40
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Italians stuck in their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak on Saturday (March 14) offered applause to doctors and nurses working around the clock in a crisis that has pushed the country's health system to the limit and turned daily life on its head.
A round of applause at noon dedicated to health workers working tirelessly in hospitals filled the silence of empty streets in Rome.
Italian flags, sometimes made with improvised items like t-shirts, and banners with rainbows and the reading "all will be well" gave a splash of colours to a gloomy situation in which Italians are living.
"I think this message of trust and these colours could be helpful also for people walking in streets," resident Giuseppe Caruso told Reuters during an interview "at safe distance".
"Let's hope, come on," he added smiling.
Italy's hardest-hit area remains the prosperous northern region of Lombardy around the financial capital Milan and the government has imposed an unprecedented lockdown, closing schools and most shops, barring all but essential movement and telling people to remain in their homes.
The virus has spread across the country and in Rome as well so the mayor, Virginia Raggi, decided to close city parks to avoid gatherings of people.
"We went out after almost two weeks to go for a ride but everything is closed," Tincu Sorin said. "It's like this and we follow the government's decisions."
But some, like Helen Butter, did not agree and said keeping people away from parks where people can maintain good distance away from each other in the open air was not the right decision.
Ordinary Italians have posted a flood of images showing life under lockdown, as well as jokes about the crisis and the difficulty of maintaining domestic harmony.
The government and leading public figures have also sought to reassure the public but the measures so far show no sign of slowing the number of deaths, which rose by 25% in a day to 1,266, the head of the Civil Protection Agency said on Friday.
The total number of cases rose to 17,660 from 15,113 the day before, an increase of some 17%.
(Production: Carmelo Camilli, Fabiano Franchitti)
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