The Austrian ski resort Ischgl, which contracted COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic, more than 6,000 people from 45 countries are called the “hotbed of coronavirus”. There are 5 people in the dock in the Austrian court.
The starting court hearings in Austria are the first of its kind. The five defendants include the Mayor of Ischgl. All of them are accused of criminal negligence and slowness, unawareness of the real danger, which ultimately led to a large-scale infection of vacationers at the resort. Plaintiffs’ lawyer Alexander Klauser says:
“The first serious mistake of the local authorities – it took them two whole days to react to what was happening. I believe that the victims would like the Austrian Republic to admit its responsibility for what happened, but so far nothing indicates this.”
There are also claims to the federal authorities. According to the plaintiffs, the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz made an irreparable mistake. When he closed the resort, he should have quarantined the infected. Instead, the official sent carriers of the virus to their homes, which contributed to the spread of COVID-19.
The lawyers of the accused argue that at that time even experts knew little about the new virus, so the actions of the Ischgl authorities were practically no different from the actions of officials and governments around the world.