Covid-19 in Italy: Alto Adige goes into lockdown

Sardinia moves back to yellow zone as Alto Adige imposes three-week lockdown.

Alto Adige in northern Italy will be put under a lockdown from 8 February amid high numbers of covid-19 cases, including the first detected case of the new UK variant of the virus, reports Italian news agency ANSA.

The autonomous province has placed itself under a three-week lockdown, with effect from today.

The measures announced by local authorities include the closure of shops, bars and restaurants, distance learning in schools, a ban on travel between towns - unless for urgent or necessary reasons - and an obligation to wear FFP2 masks.

The move comes into force the same day that Sardinia moves back to a lower-risk yellow zone, joining much of the rest of Italy.

Here is the current picture of Italy according to the colour-coded map, region by region, from 8 February.

Red zone (highest risk): No regions. The province of Perugia, and six towns in the province of Terni, in the Umbria region, become zone rosse until 21 February. There are also 27 towns in the region of Molise classified as red zones.

Orange zone (medium risk): The autonomous province of Bolzano-Alto AdigePuglia, Sicily, Umbria.

Yellow zone (lower risk): Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania (Naples), Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio (Rome), Liguria, Lombardia (Milan), Marche, Molise, Piemonte (Turin), the autonomous province of Trento, Sardinia, Tuscany (Florence), Valle d'Aosta, Veneto (Venice).

White zone (lowest risk): No regions

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