Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Austria Over Coronavirus Outbreak

A class action lawsuit involving as many as 2,500 tourists has been filed over Austria’s handling of a coronavirus outbreak in the popular Austrian winter sports resort of Ischgl. The resort is already being investigated by public prosecutors in Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, the province in which Ischgl is located, after hundreds of infected patients were traced back to the resort.

Authorities in Tyrol are accused of having reacted too late to the first signs of the coronavirus outbreak in Tyrol — particularly in Ischgl — contributing to the spread of the virus in Europe and beyond.

The Austrian Consumer Protection Association (VSV) — which says authorities are responsible for a late reaction at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic — has announced that just five days after a call for action on its website, around 2,500 people have come forward, around 80% of them German.

Read more about the situation in Austria here.

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