Intriguing Isle: Giglio, an island in Italy, reported no Covid-19 cases

Giglio is part of Tuscany, and its health office quickly sent over kits to test for antibodies to see if others may have had Covid-19. In late April, just before the first lockdown travel restrictions would be eased, the islanders had their blood tested, lining up outside the island’s school and doctor’s office. Giglio lies in pristine waters in a protected regional marine sanctuary, and the islanders voice relief that they live in a natural environment they like to think is good for health.

Updated On Jul 26, 2020 06:05 PM IST
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A ferry leaves Giglio island, near the Italian coast of Tuscany, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. In spite of various people with coronavirus stopped by the island at times, no one of the islanders developed COVID-19 infection. For Paola Muti, a professor of Epidemiology, being trapped by lockdown in her late mother’s house for months on Giglio Island, the situation also made for an opportunity to possibly contribute to scientific understanding of why some people in close contact with people ill with Covid-19 don’t get infected. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
Updated on Jul 26, 2020 06:05 PM IST

A ferry leaves Giglio island, near the Italian coast of Tuscany, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. In spite of various people with coronavirus stopped by the island at times, no one of the islanders developed COVID-19 infection. For Paola Muti, a professor of Epidemiology, being trapped by lockdown in her late mother’s house for months on Giglio Island, the situation also made for an opportunity to possibly contribute to scientific understanding of why some people in close contact with people ill with Covid-19 don’t get infected. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

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Rev. Lorenzo Pasquotti poses for photos on the steps of his church at the Giglio Island, Italy, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Some 50 local mourners filled the pews for that funeral in Saints Lorenzo and Mamiliano Church, including a man from the continent that had Covid-19 infection, recalled the pastor, Rev. Pasquotti. “After the funeral, there were greetings, hugging and kissing,” as always. Then came the procession to the cemetery, where “there were more hugs and kisses.” Yet, “none of us had any sign” of Covid-19 in the days to follow, said Pasquotti. “No one was sick. No symptoms that can make you think you were infected.” (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
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Rev. Lorenzo Pasquotti poses for photos on the steps of his church at the Giglio Island, Italy, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Some 50 local mourners filled the pews for that funeral in Saints Lorenzo and Mamiliano Church, including a man from the continent that had Covid-19 infection, recalled the pastor, Rev. Pasquotti. “After the funeral, there were greetings, hugging and kissing,” as always. Then came the procession to the cemetery, where “there were more hugs and kisses.” Yet, “none of us had any sign” of Covid-19 in the days to follow, said Pasquotti. “No one was sick. No symptoms that can make you think you were infected.” (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

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Two women walk in front of Saints Lorenzo and Mamiliano Church at the Giglio Island, Italy, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
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Two women walk in front of Saints Lorenzo and Mamiliano Church at the Giglio Island, Italy, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

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Signs on the seats of the ferry to Giglio island remember travelers to respect social distancing, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
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Signs on the seats of the ferry to Giglio island remember travelers to respect social distancing, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

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Residents of Giglio island shop in the steep alleys near the port, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. In spite of various people with coronavirus stopped by the island at times, no one of the islanders developed Covid-19 infection. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
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Residents of Giglio island shop in the steep alleys near the port, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. In spite of various people with coronavirus stopped by the island at times, no one of the islanders developed Covid-19 infection. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

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Residents of Giglio island socialize in the steep alleys near the port or on the granite steps that serve as narrow streets in the hilltop Castle neighbourhood, with densely packed homes built against the remnants of a fortress that centuries ago served as protection against pirates, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
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Residents of Giglio island socialize in the steep alleys near the port or on the granite steps that serve as narrow streets in the hilltop Castle neighbourhood, with densely packed homes built against the remnants of a fortress that centuries ago served as protection against pirates, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

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In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, people enjoy the sun and the fresh water on a beach at the Giglio island, in front of Tuscany, Italy. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, people enjoy the sun and the fresh water on a beach at the Giglio island, in front of Tuscany, Italy. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

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Italian scientist Paola Muti poses after an interview in her home at the Giglio Island, Italy, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
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Italian scientist Paola Muti poses after an interview in her home at the Giglio Island, Italy, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

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Italian scientist Paola Muti talks with the Associated Press during an interview in his studio at the Giglio Island, Italy, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
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Italian scientist Paola Muti talks with the Associated Press during an interview in his studio at the Giglio Island, Italy, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

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Armando Schiaffino, a native son and the island’s doctor for some 40 years now, talks with the Associated Press during an interview in his studio at the Giglio Island, Italy, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
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Armando Schiaffino, a native son and the island’s doctor for some 40 years now, talks with the Associated Press during an interview in his studio at the Giglio Island, Italy, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)

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