Friday, March 20, 2020

Woman, 80, in coronavirus lockdown in Spain in tears as neighbours sing happy birthday through the window

A Pensioner in a coronavirus lockdown in Spain was brought to tears after her neighbours surprised her with a cake for her 80th birthday.

The footage filmed in Lavapies, Madrid, shows the heartwarming moment a neighbour knocks on the door of 80-year-old Charo.

He calls out for his neighbour's name and when she opens the door she discovers the cake placed on a table outside her front door.

As Charo steps out of the apartment, her neighbours burst into singing a rendition of "Happy Birthday" from their apartment windows.

The 80-year-old's birthday had fallen just days after the Spanish government announced the entire country would go into lockdown in drastic measures to stop the spread of the virus.

As the clip continues, the elderly woman struggles to hold back tears as she retreats into her apartment doorway.

She then rushes back out to the hallway to wave at her neighbours as they sing but thanking them with a round of applause.

It was reported that the neighbourhood that Charo lives in has a "strong sense of community" as soon of the residents are in danger of being evicted over fears their properties are unsafe.

So far 11,748 people have been tested positive for the deadly virus in Spain with 533 deaths reported since the start of the pandemic.