Domenico Dolce 'hoping for a miracle' during coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Domenico Dolce

Domenico Dolce is "hoping for a miracle" as the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc on his native Italy.

The 61-year-old, who heads up the Dolce & Gabbana creative team alongside Stefano Gabbana, has opened up about his experiences during the troubling Covid-19 outbreak in an op-ed for Vogue.com.

Dolce lives in Milan, which has been the subject of strict government measures requiring residents to stay at home to avoid spreading the deadly virus, and in the article, he shared his admiration for the doctors and nurses who are working on the frontline.

"I hope for a miracle. I look at all the news and sometimes it is exhausting, but it is also inspiring," he wrote. "For me, the nurses and the doctors are our heroes - these are the people we should celebrate and admire. Not celebrities or influencers or whatever."

Dolce went on to voice his gratitude for the free medical care available to Italian citizens and revealed that he and Gabbana had started funding a research project into the virus at the Humanitas University in Milan.

"We hope that it is progressing. The epidemiologists will only talk about it if and when they make progress because they do not want to create an illusion, or talk for nothing. I would love it if tomorrow is better. But today, it's like a big war. We need to look after humanity first, lives and dignity," the designer insisted.

More than 59,000 have been infected in Italy so far, with 5,476 deaths. And despite the grim outlook, Dolce is trying to keep a positive outlook.

"When I see the videos of the people all singing together from their balconies, singing opera, singing Azzurro, singing the old Italian songs, I cry. Because in isolation we are coming together," he added.

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