The authorities of Nembro, an Italian town severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, called for a local event to commemorate the victims who lost their lives to the virus.
Footage shows residents of the town wiping away their tears while wearing masks and maintaining social distancing during the event. Church representatives, as well as local authorities, were present at the gathering.
«This evening the city of Nembro wants to remember the 188 deaths we had from February 23 to April 30 d due to coronavirus,» said Claudio Cancelli, mayor of Nembro.
He continued: «Tonight we want to overcome the sense of guilt that we had in leaving them alone in death. To move forward we need to remember our loved ones and the moral values that characterized them.»
The northern region of Lombardy, where the town of just over 11,000 people is located, has been hardest-hit region in Italy with the most cases as well as the most deaths with the virus, with over 93,000 cases confirmed and over 16,000 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.