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Subject: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli tested positive for the virus on March 10...more inside...

Danny (Louisville)
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Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli criticized for complaining
about lockdown and questioning severity of pandemic. ...

Nick Squires / The Telegraph
July 28, 2020, 11:07 AM

Andrea Bocelli, the celebrated Italian tenor, has come in for criticism after saying he bitterly resented living under coronavirus lockdown and questioning the severity of the country’s pandemic.

Mr Bocelli said that the lockdown had left him feeling "humiliated and offended" by depriving him – along with 60 million other Italians - of the freedom to leave his home and move freely on the streets.

“I could not leave the house even though I had committed no crime," Mr Bocelli, who has been blind since his youth, told a conference in Rome.

He admitted he had disobeyed lockdown regulations "because I did not think it was right or healthy to stay home at my age.”

He expressed scepticism over the danger posed by Covid-19, even though he contracted the virus himself.

The opera singer said he did not know anyone in his circle of friends and contacts who had been taken into intensive care.

"So what was all this sense of gravity for?" he said, apparently forgetting the 35,000 Italians who died of the virus.

The remarks were strongly criticised by a group of people whose relatives died in the pandemic and who are taking legal action against the authorities in northern Italy for alleged negligence.

Mr Bocelli would “soon change his ideas” if he went to the cities of Brescia or Bergamo, where thousands died, said Luca Fusco, the president of the group, Noi Denuceremo or We Will Denounce.

Massimo Galli, one of the country’s foremost infectious diseases experts, said the claims made by Mr Bocelli “had no basis in science” and said he was peddling a “dangerous” message.

The opera singer’s remarks surprised many Italians because at the height of the pandemic, he became a symbol of the nation pulling together when he gave an Easter Sunday performance in Milan’s Gothic cathedral.

Milan is the capital of Lombardy, the northern region that was hit hardest by the virus, accounting for around half of Italy’s total death toll.

At the time he said the performance, in an empty cathedral, would be “an opportunity to pray together…a prayer for Milan and for the world, in front of an absolutely painful, tragic and unsettling event."

Mr Bocelli, 61, made the comments at a conference in the Italian Senate which was attended by Matteo Salvini, the head of the hard-Right League, who has been scathing of the coalition government’s response to the health crisis.

Although Italy’s three-month lockdown has been lifted, the vast majority of people wear masks on public transport and in shops and supermarkets. Social distancing rules are still being enforced.

For a county renowned for flouting rules, there has been remarkably little grumbling about the anti-virus measures, with most people towing the line, whether out of civic duty or fear for their own health.

Mr Bocelli tested positive for the virus on March 10, just as Italy went into lockdown, but later recovered.

His comments dismayed the government, which is warning of the dangers of a second wave of infections and deaths if people drop their guard.

Pierpaolo Sileri, the deputy health minister, said he believed the tenor "wanted to express the inconvenience of every Italian who, because of lockdown, stayed home.

"I wouldn't have said those words, but I imagine he'll be able to explain it somehow," the minister said.

Roberto Speranza, the health minister, said wearing facemasks was still vital in stopping the spread of the virus. “We may be out of the storm but we have not yet reached a safe port,” he said.

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