PHOTOS: Italy sparkles in ‘flashmob of lights’, latest show of coronavirus solidarity

PHOTOS: Italy sparkles in 'flashmob of lights', latest show of coronavirus solidarity
A woman joins the 'flashmob of lights' in Rome. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP
Italy was lit up on Sunday night as people joined a 'flashmob of lights', the latest effort to show solidarity amid a nationwide lockdown.

Seeking ways to build community under restrictions that have placed a three-week ban on socializing, dining out or even leaving the house except for essentials, Italians have become creative in their efforts to greet neighbours without breaking quarantine rules.

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In addition to singalongs from windows and balconies, which have now become a nightly occurrence, on Sunday night Italians were invited to switch off their lights and hold up mobile phones, torches and candles to create a twinkling 'flashmob of lights'. 

Messages shared on social media called for the blackout to start at 9 pm, with the goal to make the hand-held light show visible from space. 

That may have been a bit ambitious, but the effect was nonetheless beautiful.

Other spirit-lifting initiatives have included hanging signs from windows and balconies bearing the impromptu slogan of Italy's coronavirus quarantine: Andrà tutto bene, 'everything will be alright'.

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There has also been synchronized rounds of applause for Italian health workers, as well as singalongs every evening at 6 pm. 

All photos taken in Rome by Andreas Solaro for AFP.


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