Empty Italian street rings out with song as people lean out of windows to sing together during coronavirus lockdown

Empty Italian street rings out with song as people lean out of windows to sing together during coronavirus lockdown

An empty Italian street was filmed ringing out with song as people leaned out of their windows to sing together during the coronavirus outbreak.

The video comes as Italy, which is the second most infected country outside China, is under lockdown to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The Twitter user who posted the video captioned it: "People of my hometown Siena sing a popular song from their houses along an empty street to warm their heart during the Italian Covid-19 lockdown."

Listen to the moving song below: 

The song featured above is typically used to express national pride. A folk song, it is called 'Canto della Verbena' ('And While Siena Sleeps'). Per the Independent, it centers around the Piazza del Campo, the city's main square, and it is usually sung by members of a contrada, the Middle Ages who supply the city's troops.

Under the lockdown measures, people are only allowed to leave the house for emergency family and work scenarios, and for food.

This Italian man made a social distancing disk to keep himself safe while grocery shopping: 

Needless to say, people were in awe of the song and what it represented.

One Twitter user wrote: "People breaking out in song, lifting each other's spirits during this tragedy, is an act of striking beauty."

Another wrote: "It's a reminder that, especially during a tragedy, the human spirit keeps us all going in hope. We shine our best in the darkness. Thank you, Siena. You made my day."

A third said: "Reminiscent of the chants from Wuhan high-rise apartments early in the epidemic there. Stay strong Italy. Praying for you guys."

This 103-year-old Chinese grandma recovered from the coronavirus:

In a report from the World Health Organization on Wednesday, they declared that the COVID-19 outbreak is now being officially recognized as a pandemic:

"WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.

"We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.

"Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death."

As per the WorldOMeter dashboard, at the time of writing, there have now been 139,620 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across 135 countries, and 5,120 people have lost their lives.