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Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who was patient with coronavirus, made a scathing criticism on Monday about the handling of the pandemic by the Italian government, saying he was humiliated by the blockade, and urged people to disobey the rules still in force.

His comments caused surprise at a conference in the Italian Senate because the 61-year-old blind superstar was a symbol of national unity at the height of the closing on Easter Sunday when he sang in an empty cathedral in Milan in a live performance called Music forHope.

“I was humiliated and offended. He could not leave the house even if he had not committed any crime »Bocelli said at the conference attended by opposition politicians, including Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League party that has attacked Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s government for handling the coronavrius crisis.

National confinement began in early March and was eased in the instages for three months. Bocelli confessed that he disobeyed the closing rules “because he didn’t think it was right or healthy to stay home at my age.”

He also said that he believed that the situation It could not have been as serious as the authorities said because he did not know anyone who had to go to intensive care. “So what was this whole sense of gravity for?” He said.

More than 35,000 Italians have died from the coronavirus. Regulations regarding social distancing and the use of masks in indoor public places such as shops are still in effect and Bocelli seemed to encourage civil disobedience. Let’s refuse to follow this rule. Let’s read books, let’s go ahead, get to know each other, talk, talk … “, he said.

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