Italian contractor Salini Impregilo this weekend lit up the new bridge it is building in Genoa with the colours of the Italian flag to express solidarity with the country amid the Covid-19 catastrophe.
The company said it was to thank officials, doctors, nurses and others working without rest to save lives.
As of today, 5,476 people in Italy have died from the disease, overtaking the official death toll in China – the original epicentre of the pandemic – of 3,270.Â
The lights were turned on Saturday evening, 21 March, as the national anthem played throughout Genoa.
With Fincantieri, Salini Impregilo is building the 1,067-metre-long, Renzo Piano-designed bridge to replace the Morandi Bridge over the Polcevera River valley, which collapsed in August 2018, killing 43 people.
"The colours of the Italian flag speak to the heart and fills us with pride," said Pietro Salini, chief executive. "It unites people in the hope that we can overcome even this challenge posed by the coronavirus, and set the country on the path of recovery, a country that looks beyond emergencies with the resolve to move forward as quickly as possible."
Image: The lights were turned on Friday evening, 21 March, as the national anthem played throughout Genoa (Salini Impregilo)