- Title: Italian pigs finding it hard to stay in during lockdown
- Date: 21st March 2020
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (MARCH 21, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT PAOLA SAMARITANI WEARING PROTECTIVE MASK AND HOLDING HER PIG (CALLED DIOR) TO A LEASH SAYING: "To take a stroll we will wait the end of the pandemic, but most of all we are waiting better times. We will make a party in the park when this situation is over. But now I had the pleasure that a woman, walking in the opposite sidewalk told me: "luckily there is pig, a ray of light in such dark times." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT PAOLA SAMARITANI WEARING PROTECTIVE MASK AND HOLDING HER PIG TO A LEASH SAYING: "Being a pet and being at home all the time, it goes out the bare minimum, just to defecate. And as a civil person I clean after it. Clearly the measures are for everybody, also for us. In fact we live just here. It goes out to defecate and we go back inside."
- Keywords: Italy Rome coronavirus covid-19 crisis health lockdown outbreak pig virus
- Reuters ID: LVA001C5ZVTXJ
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- City: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Duration: 00:00:42
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: A woman taking a little walk with her pet pig "Dior" explains how the measures impacted her routine on Saturday (March 21).
Italy imposed further draconian restrictions on public life on Friday (March 20) in an increasingly desperate effort to halt coronavirus infections after the death toll leapt by 627 in a single day, by far the biggest 24-hour rise recorded anywhere.
The pig, which lives exactly like a pet in Paola Samaritani's home, goes out just the bare minimum.
"To take a stroll we will wait the end of the pandemic, but most of all we are waiting better times," said Rome resident Paola Samaritani.
Responding to requests by the governors of the worst-hit regions, the national government in Rome said that from Saturday all parks would be closed and people could only take exercise around their homes.
Authorities have become frustrated in recent days to see people still out and about despite their appeals to stay indoors for all but absolutely essential needs.
(Production: Alberto Lingria, Alessandro Felici)
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