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“We don't want to be a second Ischgl” – a long line in front of the drive-in test station

The number of corona infections in several tourism companies in St. Wolfgang in Upper Austria has increased by nine to at least 53. As the Upper Austrian state government announced, all 628 tests from Saturday were evaluated. The results of 419 further tests were still missing.

According to ORF, on Sunday numerous guests, locals and tourism employees should be in again had the Red Cross drive-in station tested. The rush was so great that people had to wait an hour. Finally, around 2300 guests were said to have stayed in St. Wolfgang.

According to the Austrian news agency, seven hotels, a pizzeria and two bars in St. Wolfgang.

According to the Minister of Health of the State of Upper Austria, Christine Haberlander, the people affected are 52 employees and a guest. In the past few days, employees and guests had been tested at the specially set up Corona test station in town 1600, she said on ORF radio on Monday.

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The authorities assume that the infections are mainly due to interns. “The infected interns were housed in different quarters and often lived in double and triple rooms,” said the head of the Wolfgangsee tourism company, Hans Wieser, of the APA.

The interns also met in their free time, including in the two bars that have since closed. The authorities ordered a curfew for local restaurants 23 o'clock.

According to the spokesman for the tourist office Neither company closures nor the closure of the location are currently being considered. The popularity of the place now turns out to be a curse, said the owner of an affected hotel on Monday on ORF radio. If the cases had occurred in a lesser-known holiday region, no one would have been interested, she said. You can now expect many cancellations.

St. Wolfgang strictly rejects Ischgl comparison

The spread of the virus in St. Wolfgang evokes memories of the corona outbreak in the Austrian winter sports resort of Ischgl, which became a hotspot for corona in March Infections. Many tourists from Germany were also infected in Ischgl.

Those in charge strictly reject this comparison. As soon as the first case became known, the tests were started, it said. “It is important that you have an overview of the infection chains,” said Haberlander. The employee of a water ski school in St. Wolfgang told the “Kronen-Zeitung”: “We don't want to be a second Ischgl.”

The Wolfgangsee in the Salzkammergut is very popular with German tourists – also the 2017 deceased former Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU) spent his vacation there regularly for years.

On Friday, the Austrian health authorities had to cope with the recent significant increase Number of new corona infections again introduced a tightened mask requirement. In supermarkets as well as bank and post offices, mouth and nose protection has to be worn again. (Tsp, dpa, AFP)

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