As the representative of the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) announced, 70 to 80 percent of the cases from the leisure sector can be attributed to après-ski. Another problem is that tourists leaving Salzburg and Tyrol are spreading the virus across the country.
One of the minutes of the meeting available to the APA news agency shows that, according to Ages, “a striking number of clusters, and clusters of large dimensions here” have been identified in the après-ski area. This also includes persons residing in Vienna who were identified as cases in the federal state of residence following skiing activities in other federal states.
According to the cluster analysis, the infections mostly did not happen in the course of transport – i.e. the gondola – or skiing, but directly in the après-ski setting. The restriction is that the traceability of infections, for example in the course of gondola rides, is very limited.
problems are known
The fact that there is a problem in this area is not denied even in federal states with ski tourism. It is hoped that the number of cases will also decrease accordingly due to the sharp drop in tourism in January.
According to information from the Ages, numerous clusters throughout Austria originate in Salzburg and/or Tyrol. But tourism isn’t the only problem. Cases were also discovered in retirement homes in almost all federal states, and Vienna called clusters in two artistic venues conspicuous.