“In one short and unending month, everything has changed.
Time has become a confounding concept. Inside the four walls of the house under lockdown, it sometimes stands still. Day markers have vanished. But in the nearby hospitals, time travels at another speed. The disease has traveled so quickly that, just three weeks ago, it seemed to be a faraway problem among a few faraway people. But health workers now tell us that it’s ‘a race against time’. One of the biggest hospitals in Milan says that new patients are coming in ‘every five minutes’. Prime Minister Conte says, ‘Time is running out.’
Then there is the time of dread: at 6pm every day the daily statistics of those who have died are released.”
Pakistani expat, Aliyah Salahuddin, writes of her personal experience as the coronavirus engulfs life in a small Italian town and its nearby areas.