A An Italian who wanted a coronavirus vaccine certificate without actually having the jab tried to play the system by presenting health workers with a fake arm.
Despite the realistic skin color, no one was fooled by the silicone limb, and the man – in his fifties – was reported to local police following Thursday night’s incident in Biella, northern -western Italy.
“The case borders on the ridiculous, if it were not for the fact that we are talking about a gesture of enormous gravity”, said the head of the regional government of Piedmont, Albert Cirio, in a statement on Facebook.
He said such an act was “unacceptable in the face of the sacrifice our entire community paid during the pandemic, in terms of human lives, social and economic cost”.
The false arm incident precedes a tightening of rules Monday in Italy for people who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Since August, a “Green Pass” attesting to vaccination, a recent recovery from the coronavirus or a negative test is required for dining in restaurants, to visit museums, cinemas, theaters and attend events sportsmen.
But from December 6, these activities will be reserved for holders of a “Super Green Pass”, which is only accessible to those who have been vaccinated or have recently had Covid-19.