Coronavirus: Italians in Singapore watch events unfold back home with anxiety

Many cancel plans to visit family, fear for loved ones' well-being as situation escalates

A woman with a protective mask walks across the Piazza del Popolo in Rome, Italy, on March 17, 2020.
A woman with a protective mask walks across the Piazza del Popolo in Rome, Italy, on March 17, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

These are anxious times for Singapore's Italian community as they watch from afar while the coronavirus wreaks havoc on their home country.

Customer service officer Federica Saletti knows better than most how fast the outbreak is changing lives and ratcheting up fears.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2020, with the headline 'Italians in S'pore watch events unfold back home with anxiety'. Subscribe