Superspreader is said to have infected many people with Corona
A young woman is said to have infected numerous people in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with the corona virus. She went out partying knowing she could pose a risk to others. Therefore, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) is now demanding consequences for the alleged perpetrator. “Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a model case for unreason,” he said in a press statement. “This is not only annoying, but now it is also a point to pause again and think carefully.” Careless behavior must have consequences, which is why the health authorities are now examining whether a fine can be levied. Now the public prosecutor is apparently also investigating.
The Munich II public prosecutor’s office has initiated an investigation against the alleged “super-spreader” from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, reports the “Münchener Merkur”. “Suspicion of negligent bodily harm” was the reason for the investigation, according to Chief Public Prosecutor Andrea Mayer.
Interior Minister Herrmann denounces ruthlessness
Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) also demanded a heavy fine for the alleged perpetrator in an RTL interview. “This behavior was simply inconsiderate towards the people who are at home in Garmisch-Partenkirchen,” said the minister. “The woman obviously knew that there was a suspicion of an infection. She was required to go into quarantine.” She now expects a fine, and it will also be checked whether criminal investigations should be initiated against the woman.
“If we only circumvent the quarantine measures or do not adhere to them, there will be fines under the Infection Protection Act – up to 25,000 euros, by the way,” said legal expert Arndt Kempgens when asked by RTL. If it turns out that the woman has actually infected other people, there are other consequences, namely a preliminary investigation into bodily harm, according to the legal expert. In that case it is even possible to be sentenced to imprisonment.
Was she infected while on vacation in Greece?
The responsible district office assumes that the outbreak is due to a so-called super spreader. A 26-year-old American is said to have wandered through various pubs in the market town at the foot of the Zugspitze and infected several people in the process. The woman is said to have returned from a vacation in Greece at the end of August and shortly afterwards complained of a sore throat. “The lady had symptoms, was with us at the test station and was asked to stay in quarantine because of the symptoms. But she did not do that,” said District Office spokesman Stephan Scharf.
The young woman is said to have visited the Irish pub and the cocktail bar “Peaches” with colleagues, where a karaoke party was held. The day after, she got the positive result of her corona test. “We don’t know where it got infected,” says Scharf. The 26-year-old lives and works in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the “Edelweiss Lodge and Resort” – a vacation and recreation facility of the US armed forces. On the company’s homepage, it is already indicated that the facility is currently closed because several employees have contracted Covid-19.