Coronavirus: Why the one two residents of this Italian hamlet are finicky about masks, social distancing

Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, October 18

Giovanni Carilli spends his time tending to his sheep, his vineyards and his beehives.   

The 82-year-old man is one of two residents of Nortosce, a remote hamlet in Perugia in Umbria, Italy, CNN Travel said recently. The town stands above a rocky gorge in the Nerina Valley at an altitude of 900 meters, making its access difficult, but that hasn’t stopped the town’s only two residents, Carilli, and 74-year-old Giampiero Nobili, from strictly following social distancing and wearing masks.

“I’m dead scared of the virus,” CNN Travel quoted Carilli as having said recently. “If I get sick, I’m on my own, who would look after me?”.

Social distancing rules are followed unquestioningly—when they two meet for expresso at Carilli’s house, they sit at the opposite ends of a two-metre long table. The same goes for the walks that they take to an ancient Roman fountain for fresh spring water, the article said.

Nobili says ignoring strict measures at the time of the pandemic would be “disrespectful”.

“Wearing a mask and respecting social distancing is not just for health reasons,” CNN Travel quoted him as having said. “It’s not something ‘bad’ or ‘good’. If there are rules you need to abide by them for your own sake and other people’s. It’s a matter of principle.”

Carilli was born in the village, but spent a significant time in Rome making cured meats, returning to the village only after retirement.

Nobili, the brother of Carilli’s brother-in-law, also chose to return to the village after he retired, CNN Travel said.

Most of the time emptied in the 90s, when many residents escaped to other parts of the country to find work.

Italy was among Europe’s earliest and most affected countries in the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 36,474 from 4,02,536 infections.

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