MANAGING THE PANDEMIC BEFORE THE COURTS IN AUSTRIA
Friday opens in Vienna the first trial in a long series brought by families bereaved by the Covid-19 in the Austrian Alps at the very beginning of the pandemic, and which point to the responsibility of the authorities.
More than 6,000 people from 45 countries say they or their loved ones were infected in or around the upscale resort of Ischgl due to neglect and chaotic management in March 2020.
According to a report of independent experts, a first alert issued on March 5 by Iceland, which was alarmed at the return of contaminated tourists to Ischgl, was ignored. Skiers continued to crowd into the cable car cabins, while the evening was in full swing in the valleys.
Among the thousands of people affected, about 5% have suffered from a long Covid, with headaches, sleep disturbances and shortness of breath. A total of 32 people died, according to the VSV consumer association which brings together the procedures.