When in late December at the Chinese city of Wuhan found a corona virus, it was only a matter of time before the first infected would appear in Europe.
Today is Europe, namely Italy, global the epicenter of the spread of the virus, which caused the Olympic Games to be postponed for the first time in history, with indications that it would the new “focal point” of being the USA, in which the number of infected is growing rapidly.
However, CNN has one very interesting theory that is one Austrian ski resort was a trigger for the spread of the virus in Europe, which currently infects more than 120,000 people in the Old Continent.
Kitzloch Bar – This Is WIt All Started?
Ischgl Austrian Ski Center, has been advertised for years a place for the best time.
Formerly a farm village wonly about 1,600 live, is located in the Austrian Alps and is known for partying with some of the world's best artists. They are so far performed by Robbie Williams, Elton John, Tina Turner and s…
Accommodation is in Ischgl more expensive than centers, and the atmospitself begins to electrify from 3:30 pm until long into the night. One of the places wtis always a lively atmospis certainly bar Kitzloch, which attracts both young and old.
Henrik Lerfeldt has fond memories of Kitzloch, a popular restaurant and bar in the Austrian ski resort, whe spent some crazy nights while on vacation three weeks ago.
56-year-old Dane, who spoke to CNN last week from a quarantine at his home, located about 80 km from Copenhagen, said the time spent in the Austrian province of Tyrol was perfect, just as he would it should look like ski-time.
Four days after returning home, Lerfeldt tested positive for Covid-19, as well as one of his friends with whom he traveled.
The two of them are just a few from hundreds of people from all over Europe whose infection reaches Ishgl, some of which lead directly to the Kicloch bar, according to European authorities.
Kitzloch declined to comment on these findings to CNN, while his owner, Bernhard Zangerl, told German media employees could pick up virus from any guest, and that it is incomprehensible to accuse them solely of spreading the virus.
The ski resort was opened even after the virus was detected
Despite an official warning from the Icelandic government, who, as early as March 4, indicated that a group of its nationals infected with the virus after arriving from Ishgli, the ski resort was not closed by the Austrian authorities.
For nine days, the ski resort operated normally, so that first, all the bars in the city would be closed on March 10, and then on March 13, the whole town was quarantined.
The worrying fact is that they are provincial authorities knew that a bartender of Kitzloch tested positive for the virus, but that they were On March 8, they announced that “tis no reason to worry.”
Ski tourism is one of Austria's biggest economic drivers
The Ishgli Ski Resort and neighboring villages attract about 500,000 visitors each winter, and in recent years, celebrities and politicians such as Paris Hilton, Naomi Kempbel and Bill Clinton have been guests.
After a series of denials that the city and bar were linked to the spread of the virus, the Austrian authorities still decided that investigate concealment of infection and the poor response of the Tyrol Health Services.
In a statement sent to CNN last week, the provincial government denied any negligence, saying she acted in a timely and effective manner. Immediately after, the Innsbruck State Attorney's Office announced that is investigating whether the Kitzloch bar at the end of February refused to report the case infections within your team.
Ski resort and the whole Tyrol quarantined too late
Health experts believe it is omissions either, as well as the whole of Tyrol being quarantined too late.
Assistant Director of Health of Iceland's Health Directorate, told CNN that Thorolfur Gudnason's chief epidemiologist informed the Austrian authorities on 4 March that several Icelandic tourists were infected with the virus while they were in Ischgl.
As early as March 5, the day after Iceland notified Austria that Icelandic tourists had been infected with the Covid-19 virus, Reykjavik put Ishgli on his list of risk zones with China, South Korea, Italy and Iran.
Jan Pravsgaard Christensen, professor of communicable diseases at the University of Copenhagen, told CNN that the Icelandic list had to alarm Austria immediately.
“Given that this is a place wpeople are in close contact at bars, restaurants and hotels, twas a risk that many would get infected at the start.”
On the hand, based on a statement from one passenger, a group of Icelandic tourists shared the flight with a sick passenger who visited Italy, so it is believed that the Icelanders “picked up” the virus after leaving Austria.
Mug game – one example of how the infection has spread
Three days after Iceland's warning, 36 year old bartender in Kitzloch was positive for the virus. Twenty-two bartender contacts were immediately quarantined, 15 of which had already tested positive for Covid-19 already, the provincial government confirmed in press releases.
The infection started spreading beyond Tyrol then…
The latest available data from the Danish government shows that of the more than 1,400 cases of infection in Denmark, 298 infected in Austria. For comparison, only 61 Danish Covid-19 infections have been associated with a trip to Italy, the hardest hit country in Europe so far.
It was not clear to anyone how it was possible that such a number had managed to become infected. Everything became clearer when officials figured out what was going on in some bars and ski center clubs.
It's about playing beer-pong during which participants use their mouth throw ping pong balls into mugs, and then those same ping pong balls are used by people ?! The same, the bartenders used whistles when they would like to move people off the bar or announce a shot. Among the bartenders who did this was a 36-year-old infected.
Monika Redlberger-Fritz, head of the flu department at the Medical University of Vienna, told CNN that the way the virus spread in Ishgl, indicates that it is probably the least one person infected a large number people.
“This means that at least one patient had a very high viral load. While most people will, on average, infect two to three of their contacts, these people with strong viral loads can transmit the disease to 40, 50 or 80 people. “
Hundreds of infections lead to an Austrian ski resort
Authorities closed Kitzloch on March 9 and stated that twas no increased risk of transmission. By March 10, Gunther Platter, governor of the province of Tyrol, told a news conference that all new cases had been confirmed in that province by that day – 16 in total, were associated with one bar.
Local authorities later confirmed that it was at least Kitzloch.
Least four countries have now reported links with Ishgl, which became the main focus of the virus corona for this part of Europe.
In addition to Denmark and Iceland, Germany has managed to connect around 300 cases to this ski center, of which more than 80 are from Hamburg and 200 in the small town of Aalen, German media reported.
The number is so large that Aalen has set up a new email address, especially for people who have visited Ishgli Ski Resort, to contact authorities.
At a virtual press conference on March 17, German Health Minister Baden-Wurttemberg told German state news agency DPA: “Our problem is not Iran, but Ishgli.”
Norway also confirmed that as of March 20, 862 of its 1,742 cases were imported from abroad, and that 549 were infected in Austria, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Failure to follow the recommendations spread the infection to parts of Austria
Kitzloch has a capacity for 100 people and, when Lerfeldt was t it was packed with tourists from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany, he said.
After the Austrian government announced the closure of the ski center, a large number of people left Ischgli and returned directly home, while a number of people went to Innsbruck, wthey booked nights, awaiting their flights.
Health experts believe it is for the spread of the virus in Tyrol – which makes up about a quarter of infected Austrians, the wrong group of tourists who did not follow the recommendation of the regional authorities to return home immediately, had already transmitted the infection to the province.
Meanwhile, Europe has become the epicenter of the outbreak of the virus corona, and all EU member states have closed their borders, trying to slow the spread of the infection.
The Austrian government quarantined Ishgli on March 13, and five days later, on March 18, local officials extended these measures and ordered all regions in Tyrol to declare isolation.
Today, however, it remains impossible to determine the total number of people who became infected in Ishgl…
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