Ski Tourists Sue Austrian Government Over Huge Resort Outbreak That Fuelled Spread Of Covid-19 In Europe

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A consumer rights group is suing the Austrian government on behalf of individuals who say they caught coronavirus at one of Europe’s most popular ski resorts in March, during an outbreak that lawyers say fuelled the spread of Covid-19 across the continent.... [+]Getty ImagesAustria’s Consumer Protection Association on Wednesday said it had filed four civil lawsuits against Austria’s government over the outbreak of coronavirus at ski resort in March.

Lawyers from the VSV say that if the ski tourists had been warned, “They wouldn’t have come to Austria”, the BBC reports. The lawyers have, to date, counted at least 6,170 people across 47 countries who say they were infected during their time at Ischgl, and lawyers plan to file a class action lawsuit next year.

The first case of coronavirus at the resort was detected on March 7, by which point Austria had already recorded its first coronavirus case 11 days earlier, while Iceland had already traced some of its first coronavirus cases to the resort.

the possibility that the virus was transmitted at the resort. The resort says they responded adequately, while Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced a shutdown of the resort and the surrounding Paznaun valley on March 13.. That’s the number of coronavirus cases confirmed across the E.U. and the U.K.. More than 186,000 people have died as of September 22, according to the European Center for Disease Control.. The resort caters to not just skiers, but partygoers and wealthy clientele.

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A group of us caught the covid-19 in Val Thorens, France (Club Med) while on a ski trip in early March. Mountaintop partying at La Folie Douce (open air bar concept) where hundreds gather to listen to DJs and have a few drinks surely fueled the spread also.

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