- Title: Guitarist raises spirits over Italy's deserted Piazza Navona
- Date: 5th April 2020
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) GUITARIST IACOPO MASTRANGELO SAYING: "I saw all this situation, this empty square which is the symbol of this period we are living in. So, we wanted to help in some way. This is perhaps the best way to describe my intention. We wanted to help the people, giving a message of hope."
- Keywords: COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak Italy Rome guitarist pandemic quarantine
- Reuters ID: LVA002C87S3LZ
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- City: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Duration: 00:00:20
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Young guitarist Iacopo Mastrangelo played his instrument on a rooftop overlooking eerily quiet Navona Square on Saturday (April 4).
"We wanted to help the people, to above all give a message of hope", said Mastrangelo.
Italy reported its lowest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths for nearly two weeks on Saturday and said the number of patients in intensive care had fallen for the first time.
Officials urged the country not to flout strict lockdown measures they said were starting to show results, although new cases rose by 4,805 on Saturday which was slightly higher than recent daily increases.
The Civil Protection department reported 681 deaths, bringing the total to 15,632 since the outbreak of the new coronavirus epidemic in northern Italy on Feb. 21. It was the lowest daily rise in deaths since March 23.
(Production: Alberto Lingria, Alessandro Felici)
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