A letter to Ireland from Italy: this is what we know about your future

An author in Rome describes what to expect based on her experiences of lockdown

All across Italy people are turning to music in an effort to beat boredom, socialise and keep their spirits high as the country battles Europe's worst outbreak of coronavirus. Video: David Dunne

The acclaimed Italian novelist Francesca Melandri, who has been under lockdown in Rome for almost three weeks due to the Covid-19 outbreak, has written a letter to fellow Europeans “from your future”, laying out the range of emotions people are likely to go through over the coming weeks.

I am writing to you from Italy, which means I am writing from your future. We are now where you will be in a few days. The epidemic’s charts show us all entwined in a parallel dance.

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