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'The Italians are experiencing a very difficult time. People cling to what they can.'

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As the country of Italy remains on lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak, several videos are now circulating showing quarantined citizens across the nation making the best of being homebound — singing into the empty streets with their neighbors.

What are the details?

David Allegranti, a writer for Italian newspaper Il Foglio, shared a clip Thursday evening of residents in the city of Siena joining in on what HuffPost described as a "stirring rendition of a local folk song" that "is as beautiful as it is haunting."

Allegranti told CBS News in an email, "The Italians are experiencing a very difficult time. People cling to what they can, including a traditional song like this."

The video from Siena has gone viral, and as it circulates the internet, footage of similar scenes in Italy have emerged from across the country. An Oxford University doctoral student has even compiled videos of Italians from numerous cities "keeping each other company by singing, dancing and playing music from the balconies" while homebound.

The student, Leonardo Carella, shared similar scenes from Salerno, Naples, Turin, Benevento, Florence, Nuoro, and Agrigento. Other people have also taken to Twitter to share video of quarantined Italians celebrating, with one notable clip from Rome.

One video reportedly from Naples shows an elderly lady dancing out on her balcony to music playing in the street as her neighbors clap in unison in the background. The translated message on the tweet read, "If there was no NAPOLI you would have to invent it."

Anything else?

The entire country of Italy went into lockdown on Monday, as the nation experiences the largest COVID-19 outbreak outside of China, where the novel coronavirus originated.

Italy's health care system has struggled under the load of infected patients amid the pandemic, and currently has over 15,000 confirmed cases of the virus. More than 1,000 Italians have died from COVID-19 since it hit their nation last month.

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