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Greed won – Ischgl in Austria has become Europe’s coronavirus breeding ground


Austria’s authorities have long failed to respond

Many infections with the corona virus in Europe are said to be due to the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl. A bartender is said to have transmitted the virus. The Austrian authorities reacted far too late.

A Boeing 757 landed in Iceland on February 29th. The “Iceland Air” plane came from Munich. The Icelandic authorities tested several passengers positive for corona viruses – some of them came from Ischgl in Austria.

The Icelandic authorities then drew the consequences: The ski area in Tyrol was declared a risk area and has been in line with Iran and the Chinese city of Wuhan since then .

Covid 19 cases of Ischgl vacationers also in Germany reported

But the Austrian authorities didn’t seem to care and Skiing continued. Meanwhile, Ischgl vacationers have tested positive for the corona virus in numerous countries, in Denmark it is said to be well over 100. The virus was also found from Ischgl holidaymakers in Norway .

In Germany, too, there are numerous Covid 19 cases that apparently originated in Ischgl. In Hamburg, for example, there are now said to be more than 80 cases. If you add the secondary infections, the number is now in the hundreds. There are many indications that Ischgl has become the secret corona breeding ground in Europe – and the quarantine measures in Ischgl came much too late.

“Greed has defeated responsibility”

Tyrolean emergency doctors have been warning of a disaster for days. “Après-ski is a virus sling,” said the Tyrolean virologist Robert Zangerle to the Austrian Standard . Many people stand together in a very small space, the alcohol level also reduces the distance. In addition, criticized the virologist, most bars do not even hold 100 people and were therefore initially not covered by the bans recommended by the authorities.

The Tyrolean state government apparently ignored all of these warnings. “Greed has defeated the responsibility for the health of citizens and guests,” writes the ” Standard “. They wanted to “take away” this last “strong tourist week” so that the cash registers of lift operators and hoteliers ring.

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In a press release, State Medical Director Franz Kratzgraber stated that “from a medical point of view it seems unlikely that there were infections in Tyrol”. His view: the Austrians only got infected on the plane with a sick Italy returnee.

German bartender fell ill with Corona

Ski fun continued in Ischgl but reported the first official Corona infection on March 7th – a week after the Icelandic tour group returned. It is a 36-year-old German, bartender in the “Kitzloch”, a popular bar directly at a valley station. Maybe he infected himself with one of the guests.

On the Facebook page of the State of Tyrol it said: “For all visitors who were in the bar during the said period and have NO symptoms, no further medical clarification is necessary.”

In the area of ​​the bartender however other people became ill and tested positive for the corona virus but but the après-ski bars in Ischgl were only closed on March 10th.

Lift operation only ended on Monday

However, it was not until March 14 that the Austrian authorities realized the full extent. Rudolf Anschober and Interior Minister Karl Nehammer called on everyone who has been in the affected region since February 28 to “go into self-isolation at home”.

On March 12, the District Office Ostalbkreis in Baden-Württemberg launched an urgent call: Around 200 people were in coaches from Ischgl and could have been infected with the corona virus.

“Participants on ski trips to Ischgl last Saturday (March 7, 2020) should report to the health department and stay home tomorrow”. The German Robert Koch Institute declared Tyrol a risk area on March 13.

Tirol rejects criticism of mismanagement

Tirol meanwhile vehemently rejects the media criticism of crisis management because of the Corona virus.

“We have always taken steps exactly at the point in time when information was available,” said a spokesman for the Tyrolean state government on Monday. Only through the precautionary initiative of the authorities was it possible to identify the bar in which the 36-year-old German worked as a possible place of distribution.

In the statement of the Tyrolean Minister of Health Bernhard Tilg on Monday it was stated that on March 6th, when concrete information was available about the 15 names of the Icelandic guests and their accommodation addresses in Ischgl, all employees of the hotels concerned were immediately tested – with negative results in each case.

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Jakob Gruber / APA / dpa A closed après-ski bar. The Paznauntal region with the tourist town of Ischgl is in quarantine in Austria, among other places, due to an increased number of coronavirus cases

As a precautionary measure, clarifications were also made in the extended environment, in which the 36-year-old had been tested positive. As a result, the bar was closed on March 9, and a little later all the other ski bars in the ski resort, which is very popular with Scandinavians.

“We did what the authorities told us to do”

On March 13, Ischgl and the entire Paznaun Valley were declared a restricted zone and the winter season ended prematurely. “This prevented 150,000 new guests from traveling to Tyrol as part of the shift shift , ” said the authorities.

According to the “Standard”, Werner Kurz said: “We acted as the authorities specified.” Tyrol is one of the most dangerous risk areas now worldwide.

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