Italy – The Pandemic’s Epicenter

ORF-E | 2020
1 x 28 min

The lagoon city of Venice is deserted in week four of the Corona Crisis, a picture that is as fascinating as it is disturbing. In the city, which is usually almost overwhelmed by mass tourism, squares and alleys are empty, and the water in the canals is clearer than it has been for a long time. With special permission, two South Tyrolean reporters travelled to Venice and Northern Italy, which were particularly affected by the virus. They are equipped with protective masks and gloves, film security checks, night-time disinfection teams in the streets, and interview virologists, small businesses, and citizens. One reporter shows how his family in Bolzano coped with the unusual situation without school lessons, excursions, or outdoor sports. Many Italians seem to have found themselves in their new everyday life without everyday life in the meantime.

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