How Sardinia went from safe haven to Covid-19 hotspot

Nightclubs, bars and irresponsible socialising are blamed for steep rise in cases among holidaymakers

The port of Civitavecchia, located about 50 miles from Rome, would ordinarily be bustling with cruise passengers. Today, the most salient feature is a Covid-19 drive-through centre, where people travelling by ferry to or from the island of Sardinia and Spain can voluntarily be tested for the virus.

The facility was quickly established after a surge in cases in the Lazio region, which have mostly been linked to young people who holidayed on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda, a stretch of coastline in the north-east of the island to where the wealthy gravitate.

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