The situation regarding the Covid-19 outbreak in Sardinia after 50 days of lockdown
Updated on 20th May 2020
Italy was the first nation in Europe to be affected by the coronavirus epidemic. To date, it has registered over 200,000 infections overtaking China where the Covid-19 infection started
The greatest number of infections occurred in the north of Italy in the regions of Lombardy, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna. The rest of the country, despite recording several coronavirus infections, did not have particularly alarming data and the situation has always been under control
Why has Italy been so affected by the new coronavirus?
Obviously it is impossible to have certain answers during this still active phase, but the experts imagine a series of causes.
- The late blocking of flights to and from China
- The trade fairs, food festivals and sporting events may have triggered the massive spread of the virus during January and February
- A delay in isolating the most affected areas and tracking correctly the positive cases
- The difficulty in performing tests to a mjor number of people
- A population with a high average age (age between 70-80 years was the one most affected by the virus)
These could be some of the reasons why Covid-19 spread so massively in Italy. Obviously future studies will confirm or add other hypotheses
The measures planned for the fase 2
Phase 2 started on 4 May 2020. It began with a gradual series of reopenings, loosening week after week the severe lockdown measures. Since May 18 most of the activities have started to work again: hairdressers, bars, restaurants. The beaches have been reopened and the country has slowly started up again with a series of precautions and directives. The phase of coexistence with the virus has begun.
What is the situation with the covid-19 in Sardinia ?
Sardinia, like the rest of southern Italy, has averted the spread of the virus thanks to the containment measures put in place at the beginning of the epidemic. All flights were blocked in a timely manner, borders were closed and strict distancing measures were maintained.
This meant that the number of coronavirus positive cases remained far below the national average. After March 3 (the day the first case of coronavirus was registered in Cagliari) the situation remained in constant control. The total number of positive cases reached 1340 people at the end of May 2020
In relation to the population, the average is 0.071% of infected people. Most of the positive cases have occurred in nursing homes and hospitals mainly among healthcare professionals. Today the number of currently positive cases is under 300 people across the island
It is likely that in late May and early June the number of new infected people will be reached the zero number. These rather small and contained numbers lead Sardinia to become one of the Covid-free regions in Italy.
The most important dates from the Covid-19 outbreak
First Coronavirus case
The first Coronavirus infection is recorded in Codogno in the province of Lodi
First Coronavirus case in Sardinia
A 42-year-old from Cagliari returning from a trip to Rimini is hospitalized positive for covid-19
Red zone in Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto
+14 provinces of Northern Italy are in lockdown
Red zone extended throughout Italy
Stay at home order. Ban of movements and gatherings throughout Italy. Out only for shopping and emergencies
Ports and Airports have been shut down in Sardinia
All connections to and from Sardinia suspended
Peak of the infections in Italy
In just one day over 6500 new infections are registered
Reached 1000 cases in Sardinia
1000 peopled have tested positive of coronavirus since the outbreak
The situation begins to improve in Italy
The number of new infections drop and there are over 2600 healed in one single day
Zero new infections in Sardinia
For the first time since the beginning of the epidemic there are zero new infections in Sardinia
Start of the fase 2
Factories and companies return to work
Beaches, bars and restaurants open
The beaches and all the main services open to public
Why didn’t Covid-19 spread widely in Sardinia?
Sardinia applied the confinement measures very promptly. Ports and airports have been closed since the very beginning. The whole island was quarantined, with all activities closed for over 50 days.
The Region has set up intensive care units with additional beds and field hospitals. In addition, over 500 new doctors and nurses were hired to deal with the Sardinia coronavirus emergency.
All Sardinian responded with very responsible behavior, respecting the government’s order to stay at home (not easy in a region with dream beaches and warm sunny days!). The towns, the roads, the beaches, natural parks have been completely empty. No people, no cars, no boats in the sea during the lockdown.
With the end of the lockdown, Sardinia reopens its borders.When will the summer season start?
Sardinian airports will be open again from June 3rd. Tourism Flights are expected to restart with most Italian cities from June 15th. International flights are scheduled from June 25th, with a full recovery of international and domestic connections most likely from the 1st of July.
The trend this year could be an increase in local tourism, the so-called staycations. As for international tourism, we still have to wait for more reassuring news for the month of June. In all likelihood the summer season will start again for the summer months of July and August.While September and October are still really beautiful months for travel to Sardinia
Why choose Sardinia for holidays after the coronavirus?
The restraining measures deprived us of our freedom to go out, run, walk or simply be outdoors. Sardinia offers immense outodoor areas, large natural parks where you can get lost in full contact with nature. There are paths and trails to explore. There are farmhouses scattered in the countryside where you can hear the sound of the wind alone. There are beaches where you can run and natural swimming pools to swim
Plan your trip to Sardinia
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