Italy Honors Their Doctors With Midday Applause
In light of the Coronavirus crisis, the people of Italy have displayed their resilience by singing together on their balconies.
They have rallied once again as they showed their appreciation to medical staff fighting the virus with a show of midday applause for them on Saturday.
As of this writing, Italy is the European nation worst-hit by the virus outbreak, and just second behind China as the country with the most cases.
Impromptu singalongs by the residents in Italy's capital are making headlines as quarantined Italians rally together from their balconies. These recent events center around the slogan 'Andrà tutto bene (Everything will be alright)', as they sing songs of hope and solidarity amidst the crisis.
This time, despite being stuck in their homes, Italians are applauding medical staff. The uplifting movement saw widespread participation in Rome on Saturday.
Adults and children took to their windows to clap for several minutes in a gesture of appreciation for the doctors, nurses, other hospital staff, and ambulance crews who have been treating and helping infected patients.
In addition to clapping, people waved the national flag and shouted for people to stay united and strong.
Many joined in rousing renditions of the national anthem. Some children were even banging pots and pans, and shaking maracas. There was even a performance of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. Dogs were also playing their part enthusiastically by howling and barking.
Children in Italy have played a central role in the movement, hanging rainbow paintings by the balconies, showing courage and encouragement despite the monotony of being stuck at home.
Wanted in Rome says Italy's balcony festivities are expected to last for the duration of the quarantine and will likely become more lively as the nights and days wear on.
In the wake of this virus, this act puts our faith back in humanity. If you are in Italy, be sure to join in this movement to encourage the hardworking medical staff who are treating infected patients.