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NBC News 13 Mar 2020

Travel Blogger Describes Life In Rome Under COVID-19 Lockdown

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Travel blogger Natalie Kennedy describes what it's like to live in Italy as the country is under lockdown with over 15,000 coronavirus cases confirmed.


Erinn Tucker, Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the Practice
Global Hospitality Leadership at Georgetown University, talk about the struggle Shanghai's street-food vendors have faced under COVID-19 restrictions.
Lockdowns aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus are leading to higher cases of domestic violence around the world. Reports of gender violence have increased in Latin America, where there has been growing awareness about the issue.

Barely over a month into a COVID-19 lockdown in Argentina, these are some of the women who have been murdered in their homes. NGOs estimate there has been almost one femicide every day.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Highlights:
- Secretary-General/Asia-Pacific
- Deputy Secretary-General/Labour
- Deputy Secretary-General/Financing for Development
- Deputy Secretary-General/BBC/Diversity
- Protection of Civilians Report
- Verified Initiative to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation
- Economic and Social Council
- Security Council/Somalia
- Central African Republic
- Syria
- Yemen
- Lebanon
- Bangladesh
- Migrants/Europe
- Displaced People/COVID-19
- W.H.O.-Smithsonian Guide For Youth on COVID-19
- Venezuela
- International Tea Day

SECRETARY-GENERAL/ASIA-PACIFIC
Today, the 76th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific was held in a virtual setting.
In a video message sent to the gathering, the Secretary-General noted that governments and leaders are grappling with a wide range of challenges that risk recent progress in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. He said that, while many countries in the region are charting a solid course toward COVID-19 solutions, millions in the region remain highly vulnerable and at risk.
The Secretary-General stressed he is strongly convinced that we have an opportunity to build back better on the foundations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. He said that means forging common solutions to the climate crisis, economic and social inequalities, and new forms of violence, as well as rapid changes in technology and demography. You can find his message online.

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL/LABOUR
This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General and the head of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, jointly held a virtual conference with the UN's Resident Coordinators who are leading our response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 162 countries and territories.
Ms. Mohammed said that we previously thought we had 10 years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, but the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the urgency of this cause.
For his part, the ILO Director-General said that the world cannot accept a "new normal" with more inequality and more people left behind.
UN teams around the world are working closely with governments, civil society organizations and the private sector to roll out our framework for the immediate socioeconomic response and recovery. The UN is spotlighting social protection schemes, such as cash transfers, that can help prevent millions of people, especially women and children, from sliding into poverty.

DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL/FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT
Tomorrow, the Deputy-Secretary-General will be available to brief you, in an embargoed briefing, on the High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond. That is scheduled to take place on 28 May, next Thursday. The event is being convened by the Secretary-General, along with the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica, and will aim to set a definite pathway to concrete and effective solutions on critical sustainable development finance issues that threaten to adversely impact billions of people over the next two months. We will be in touch with you regarding the exact time of that briefing.
Tens of thousands of people in the Spanish capital are now turning to food banks and neighbourhood associations to cushion the economic blow of lockdown.…

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EMPTY. % SO WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE AN
SO WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE AN AMERICAN LIVING IN ROME? %
AMERICAN LIVING IN ROME? % NBC NEWS NOW SPOKE WITH
NBC NEWS NOW SPOKE WITH NATALIE KENNEDY TO FIND OUT. %
NATALIE KENNEDY TO FIND OUT. % >> Reporter: SINCE YESTERDAY,
>> Reporter: SINCE YESTERDAY, DEFINITELY THE SITUATION %
DEFINITELY THE SITUATION % STARTED TO FEEL A LOT MORE %
STARTED TO FEEL A LOT MORE % TENSE, A LOT MORE REAL. %
TENSE, A LOT MORE REAL. % WE FELT EVEN THOUGH A LOT OF %
WE FELT EVEN THOUGH A LOT OF % THINGS WERE HAPPENING WE WERE %
THINGS WERE HAPPENING WE WERE % A LITTLE BIT REMOVED FROM IT. %
A LITTLE BIT REMOVED FROM IT. % BEING SO FAR SOUTH IN ROME. %
BEING SO FAR SOUTH IN ROME. % BUT PEOPLE HAVE ALMOST %
BUT PEOPLE HAVE ALMOST % INSTANTLY STARTED LISTENING TO %
INSTANTLY STARTED LISTENING TO % THE REGULATIONS. %
THE REGULATIONS. % SO PEOPLE ARE DEFINITELY %
SO PEOPLE ARE DEFINITELY % LIMITING TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF %
LIMITING TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF % THEIR HOMES. %
THEIR HOMES. % WE ARE STAYING HOME A LOT %
WE ARE STAYING HOME A LOT % MORE. %
MORE. % ONE PERSON IS DOING THE %
ONE PERSON IS DOING THE % SHOPPING AND SO THE ONLY THING
SHOPPING AND SO THE ONLY THING YOU REALLY SEE THAT’S %
YOU REALLY SEE THAT’S % DIFFERENT IS THE NUMBER OF
DIFFERENT IS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ALLOWED INTO ANY PUBLIC %
PEOPLE ALLOWED INTO ANY PUBLIC % SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. %
SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. % SO EVEN THOUGH THE COFFEE BARS
SO EVEN THOUGH THE COFFEE BARS ARE OPEN, THEY HAVE TAPED OUT %
ARE OPEN, THEY HAVE TAPED OUT % METER APART SPACES WHERE YOU %
METER APART SPACES WHERE YOU % ARE ALLOWED TO STAND OR IF YOU %
ARE ALLOWED TO STAND OR IF YOU % TRY TO GO TO THE SUPERMARKET, %
TRY TO GO TO THE SUPERMARKET, % YOU SEE LINES AND IT’S NOT
YOU SEE LINES AND IT’S NOT BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE MAKING A %
BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE MAKING A % RUN ON THE FOOD, BUT IT’S
RUN ON THE FOOD, BUT IT’S BECAUSE THEY ARE LIMITING HOW %
BECAUSE THEY ARE LIMITING HOW % MANY PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO GO %
MANY PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO GO % INTO THE SUPERMARKET AT A %
INTO THE SUPERMARKET AT A % TIME. %
TIME. % EVERYONE IS STANDING ONE METER
EVERYONE IS STANDING ONE METER APART. %
APART. % MORE THAN THREE FEET APART. %
MORE THAN THREE FEET APART. % WHEN THEY ARE INSIDE THE %
WHEN THEY ARE INSIDE THE % STORE. %
STORE. % ALSO OUTSIDE OF THE STORE. %
ALSO OUTSIDE OF THE STORE. % YOU’LL SEE THESE LINES %
YOU’LL SEE THESE LINES % STARTING. %
STARTING. % IN ROME RIGHT NOW, THE ONLY %
IN ROME RIGHT NOW, THE ONLY % THING WE ARE OUT OF IS MASKS. %
THING WE ARE OUT OF IS MASKS. % AND HAND SANITIZER. %
AND HAND SANITIZER. % EVEN THE SANITIZER HAS BEEN %
EVEN THE SANITIZER HAS BEEN % COMING BACK ON THE MARKET IN
COMING BACK ON THE MARKET IN THE LAST FEW DAYS. %
THE LAST FEW DAYS. % AND SO THE STRANGE THING IS %
AND SO THE STRANGE THING IS % THAT A LOT OF THE BUSINESSES %
THAT A LOT OF THE BUSINESSES % ARE CLOSING VERY EARLY SO IF %
ARE CLOSING VERY EARLY SO IF % YOU’RE NOT AN ESSENTIAL %
YOU’RE NOT AN ESSENTIAL % BUSINESS, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE BY %
BUSINESS, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE BY % 6:00 P.M. %
6:00 P.M. % AND THIS IS BEING ENFORCED. %
AND THIS IS BEING ENFORCED. % THAT MEANS MEETING YOUR %
THAT MEANS MEETING YOUR % FRIENDS FOR AFTERNOON TEA OR %
FRIENDS FOR AFTERNOON TEA OR % HAPPY HOUR, THAT’S NOT %
HAPPY HOUR, THAT’S NOT % HAPPENING ANYMORE. %
HAPPENING ANYMORE. % SO I THINK THAT’S MORE OF AN %
SO I THINK THAT’S MORE OF AN % IMPACT THAN ANY KIND OF %
IMPACT THAN ANY KIND OF % SHORTAGE ON GOODS. %
SHORTAGE ON GOODS. % YOU CAN GO TO THE PHARMACY, %
YOU CAN GO TO THE PHARMACY, % THE PHARMACIES ARE OPERATING
THE PHARMACIES ARE OPERATING AS NORMAL, FULLY STOCKED. %
AS NORMAL, FULLY STOCKED. % EXCEPT FOR MASKS. %
EXCEPT FOR MASKS. % BUT IT IS A LITTLE BIT JARRING %
BUT IT IS A LITTLE BIT JARRING % WHEN YOU STEP IN TO SEE THE %
WHEN YOU STEP IN TO SEE THE % PHARMACIST WEARING A MASK %
PHARMACIST WEARING A MASK % BECAUSE THAT WASN’T HAPPENING %
BECAUSE THAT WASN’T HAPPENING % UNTIL THE NEW RESTRICTIONS %
UNTIL THE NEW RESTRICTIONS % CAME IN. %
CAME IN. % IT’S REALLY STRANGE TO SEE %
IT’S REALLY STRANGE TO SEE % ROME THIS EMPTY. %
ROME THIS EMPTY. % I THINK THE ONLY THING WE CAN
I THINK THE ONLY THING WE CAN EVEN MARGINALLY COMPARE IT IS %
EVEN MARGINALLY COMPARE IT IS % IN MID-AUGUST, ITALIANS
IN MID-AUGUST, ITALIANS USUALLY TAKE THEIR VACATION %
USUALLY TAKE THEIR VACATION % AROUND THIS HOLIDAY, SO BY
AROUND THIS HOLIDAY, SO BY AUGUST 15, THE CITY CLEARS OUT %
AUGUST 15, THE CITY CLEARS OUT % OF ROMANS BUT NOT OF VISITORS %
OF ROMANS BUT NOT OF VISITORS % SO THERE’S STILL PEOPLE
SO THERE’S STILL PEOPLE AROUND, BUT IT FEELS QUIETER. %
AROUND, BUT IT FEELS QUIETER. % AND NOW IT’S CLEARED OUT OF %
AND NOW IT’S CLEARED OUT OF % EVERYONE. %
EVERYONE. % NO ROMANS WALKING AROUND, %
NO ROMANS WALKING AROUND, % DEFINITELY NO VISITORS. %
DEFINITELY NO VISITORS. % AND YOU CAN FEEL THIS. %
AND YOU CAN FEEL THIS. % I’M REALLY CURIOUS. %
I’M REALLY CURIOUS. % I WOULD LOVE TO SEE SOME OF %
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE SOME OF % THE SITES RIGHT NOW LIKE THE
THE SITES RIGHT NOW LIKE THE TREVI FOUNTAIN WITH NO PEOPLE. %
TREVI FOUNTAIN WITH NO PEOPLE. % BUT TO BE ABLE TO WALK AROUND %
BUT TO BE ABLE TO WALK AROUND % WITH NO CROWDS WOULD BE REALLY %
WITH NO CROWDS WOULD BE REALLY % INTERESTING. %
INTERESTING. % BUT IT’S NOT SOMETHING WE ARE %
BUT IT’S NOT SOMETHING WE ARE % DOING BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN TOLD %
DOING BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN TOLD % TO JUST STAY HOME EXCEPT FOR %
TO JUST STAY HOME EXCEPT FOR % ESSENTIAL REASONS. %
ESSENTIAL REASONS. % WHAT I WOULD SAY IS WHEN THIS %
WHAT I WOULD SAY IS WHEN THIS % WAS ANNOUNCED, I GOT LOTS OF %
WAS ANNOUNCED, I GOT LOTS OF % CONCERNED MESSAGES FROM %
CONCERNED MESSAGES FROM % FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN THE U.S. %
FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN THE U.S. % WHICH I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND %
WHICH I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND % THE CONCERN BECAUSE IT IS VERY
THE CONCERN BECAUSE IT IS VERY SCARY TO HEAR ABOUT A COUNTRY %
SCARY TO HEAR ABOUT A COUNTRY % BEING IN LOCKDOWN AND I DON’T %
BEING IN LOCKDOWN AND I DON’T % WANT TO UNDERPLAY THE %
WANT TO UNDERPLAY THE % SEVERITY. %
SEVERITY. % THE REASON THAT THE GOVERNMENT %
THE REASON THAT THE GOVERNMENT % HAS ENACTED THESE MEASURES IS %
HAS ENACTED THESE MEASURES IS % BECAUSE IT IS A VERY SERIOUS %
BECAUSE IT IS A VERY SERIOUS % SITUATION. %
SITUATION. % BUT WE ARE NOT UNDER MARTIAL %
BUT WE ARE NOT UNDER MARTIAL % LAW. %
LAW. % WE DO NOT NEED GOVERNMENT
WE DO NOT NEED GOVERNMENT PERMISSION TO LEAVE OUR HOMES. %
PERMISSION TO LEAVE OUR HOMES. % AND SO REALLY WHAT THIS IT IS %
AND SO REALLY WHAT THIS IT IS % WE WERE BEING ASKED VERY
WE WERE BEING ASKED VERY STRONGLY JUST TO STAY HOME. %
STRONGLY JUST TO STAY HOME. % TO DO SOCIAL DISTANCING. %
TO DO SOCIAL DISTANCING. % YOU ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE, TO %
YOU ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE, TO % GO GROCERY SHOPPING, EVEN TO %
GO GROCERY SHOPPING, EVEN TO % GO TO WORK. %
GO TO WORK. % MOST COMPANIES ARE ALLOWING
MOST COMPANIES ARE ALLOWING TELEWORKING AT THIS POINT. %
TELEWORKING AT THIS POINT. % AND YOU ARE ALLOWED TO GO FOR %
AND YOU ARE ALLOWED TO GO FOR % A WALK OUTSIDE. %
A WALK OUTSIDE. % BUT YOU CAN’T MEET PEOPLE WHEN %
BUT YOU CAN’T MEET PEOPLE WHEN % YOU DO THAT. %

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