A last-minute decision to cancel the reopening of ski resorts in Italy has sparked fury and a rebellion against the restrictions.
Italy’s ski season had been scheduled to get under way on Monday, but was postponed by the health ministry until 5 March amid concerns about the spread of Covid-19 variants.
The late decision was based on a report from the higher health institute showing that the UK coronavirus variant represented 17.8% of new infections in Italy. The variant has been identified in at least 13 of the country’s 20 regions.
“Concern about the spread of this and other variants of Sars-CoV-2 has led to similar measures being taken in France and Germany,” the ministry said.