Coronavirus – Heartwarming moment quarantined neighbours perform Titanic duet across balconies as crowds cheer
THE heart will definitely "go on and on" in Barcelona, where musicians have hit the right note by serenading fellow self-isolated residents.
Talented pianist Alberto Gestoso had people in tears with his soulful version of Céline Dion’s smash hit “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie “Titanic” on his balcony.
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Cooped-up neighbours cheered and clapped while listening in admiration on surrounding balconies from multi-storey apartment buildings.
Video of his poignant rendition has gone viral, racking up about three million views so far.
The song was made extra-special when Gestoso's notes were accompanied by saxophonist Alexander Lebron Torrent, on another balcony.
One appreciative listener, Pedrito Miguel said the pianist "made me cry with emotion".
He added: "The video is from Barcelona, which is in quarantine like the rest of Spain. Courage and strength to all."
The tune prompted one woman to post that it made her "tear up. The uncertainty of it all is a bit overwhelming.
"I appreciate the coming together of people and the fighting spirit and the sharing of talents too.
"Music has always resonated deeply in my soul, and I know with many others too."
Right now more than ever we need unity and solidarity.
Another man commented: "This makes me regain hope for humanity.
"Right now more than ever we need unity and solidarity.
"Also, a reminder that social distancing is the greatest defence against this pandemic. STAY AT HOME."
Another said: "The fact that they played the Titanic song gets me [emotional]."
And an appreciative Richard Stevens added: "Thank you to all the people of the world who are sharing their talents.
"I'm not sure why, but this one made me cry.
"Uncertainty, stress, worry or just beautifully sharing with others…"
The latest stats from Worldometers show that Spain has suffered 640 coronavirus deaths, and has had more than 15,000 people diagnosed with the disease.
On March 14, Spain’s government announced a nationwide, 15-day state of emergency to fight the coronavirus, ordering bars, restaurants and most shops to close, as well as restricting transport.
All Spaniards must stay home except to go to work, buy food, go to the pharmacy, to the hospital, or for other emergencies.
Shops were told to close, apart from pharmacies and stores selling food and “basic necessities.”
Eating food in the establishments themselves is banned.
A distance of at least one metre has to be maintained between customers, authorities ordered.
Spain's rampaging death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Spain drove a regional health official to tears on Wednesday.
In a sign of the mounting emotional pressure, the director of health in the Aragon region, Javier Marion, broke down in tears during a news conference.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez predicted an economic slump, urging all to rally in what he called a "war" against the virus.
Sanchez told a near-empty parliament: "We have never lived through anything like this. And our society … now finds itself in a war to defend all we have taken for granted."
His government announced a 200 billion euros package on Tuesday to help companies and protect workers and vulnerable groups affected by the crisis.
As the coronavirus tally has worsened, Britain advised all its tourists to leave Spain by Tuesday.
Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya reassured all foreign visitors that the government would help them return home.
She asked the 2.7million Spaniards living abroad to stay where they are, adding that those who wanted to come back would be screened.
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