AGI – It is possible that Sardinia is transformed, in a few days, from a safe island to a ‘land of contagions’? It is evidently unlikely. But, in the perception of many, this has happened. So the requests for tests for those returning home after a vacation on the island are increasing. But, the ‘fault’ of the surge in cases seems, however, to be precisely the tourists: the leaders of the Northern Sardinia Regional Crisis Unit have no doubt that it was they who fueled the outbreaks that broke out especially in the North of Sardinia. Island.
“The virus has been imported”
“The virus was not in Sardinia, it was brought here, where has taken root, also thanks to discos”, Marcello Acciaro, head of the Crisis Unit, explains to AGI. At this time, while the activity is mainly focused on emergency management, we also try to accurately analyze the pathways of the virus. The Crisis Unit has, in fact, found that the infections occurred mainly in the nightlife areas: “And who goes to the disco? Especially people on vacation “, Acciaro points out.” And who was at the Billionaire? Tourists and employees. But those who work in the discotheque, at closing, usually don’t go dancing elsewhere “.
On the island young people from Spain and Greece
“The first reports came from the ASL of Latina – continues the head of the crisis unit – and the Roman girls who were in Porto Rotondo said they came from Ibiza”. By order of 12 August, the Health Minister Roberto Speranza has ordered the obligation to undergo a tampon just for people arriving from Greece, Croatia, Spain or Malta. “Not from Sardinia”, Acciaro reiterated: “If the island was Covid free, how is it possible that people got infected here? “.
The hypothesis is that “there have been groups that have participated in the ‘international nightlife’, or perhaps they have come into contact with someone who has been to Spain or Greece, and then found themselves in a disco where they became infected”. Because “the virus was not here: Sardinia has been contaminated. The Sardinians infected – underlined the head of the crisis unit – are almost all tourism operators: the ‘problems’ are attributable to discos, not supermarkets “.
The increase in infections after August 15th
The numbers confirm that Sardinia had been touched only marginally by the emergency. Just to name a few, a month and a half ago, on 10 July, the bulletin of the Crisis Unit indicated 1,372 cases ascertained from the beginning of the emergency, 1,223 patients recovered, three in hospital (none in intensive care) and 7 in home isolation with a only new contagion in the metropolitan city of Cagliari. On July 18, still only one case ascertained in Southern Sardinia. On 25 July three cases from Sassarese and on 1 August four people (from the same family) returned from Spain to South Sardinia, in addition to a migrant. Three cases on 7 August, two in the metropolitan city of Cagliari and one in Southern Sardinia. Also in the Cagliari area, the only new case of 12 August. After Ferragosto the infections begin to increase. On 18 August 12 new cases, which became 37 the following day and dropped again – but still 23 – on 20. The figure then continued to rise: 42 cases on 21 August (27 in Sassarese), 44 on 22 August (34 in Sassarese) up to 81 of 23, of which 56 in Sassari.
Sardinia ‘infected and offended’
Sardinia was put on the ‘dock of the accused’ around August 15th with the cases of the party in the disco in Porto Rotondo and the residence of Santo Stefano, in La Maddalena, surrounded by those of several players who have returned positive from their holidays in Costa Smeralda. In the background, the controversy between Flavio Briatore protagonist of a question and answer on social networks with the mayor of Arzachena, Roberto Ragnedda, after the ordinance that requires the stop to music at midnight. But not even 24 hours after the clash, the news arrived of the approximately 50 employees of the Billionaire ended up in self-isolation after the discovery of six positives among the employees in the local. Thus was born an image of the island ‘at risk’ – even if the ‘accused’ area is a small part not very frequented by Sardinians – which has sent on a rampage, in addition to ordinary citizens, local entrepreneurs and politicians and which is resulted in the request by the president of the regional council, Michele Pais, for an extraordinary meeting of the Sardinian assembly to protect the “infected and offended” island.