Italy introduced a series of tough new restrictions for unvaccinated people Monday as officials move to contain rising levels of Covid-19, the latest in a string of targeted measures across Europe as governments ramp up the pressure on vaccine holdouts.
Italy’s vaccine or testing requirements—including the ongoing requirement for all workers to prove recovery, a recent negative test or vaccination—were among the strictest in Europe and the rest of the world when first introduced, sparking protests across the country. As coronavirus cases have surged to record levels across Europe, much of the bloc has upped the pressure on the unvaccinated and reinstituted restrictions. Germany and Austria, which have some of the lowest vaccination rates in western Europe, have gone further, moving to make the shots compulsory for all adults.
Not all vaccine holdouts are content to forgo public spaces in exchange for not getting the shots. One Italian man is facing charges of fraud after reportedly trying to obtain a health pass by duping a health worker into injecting the vaccine into a fake arm. The prosthetic—it is unclear whether it was a silicone sleeve or an entire fake arm—reportedly didn’t match the man’s skin tone and was noticed by the health worker.