First Ischgl Lawsuit for COVID-19 Damages Filed

More than a year after the Ischgl outbreak the first lawsuit was brought before the civil court last Friday.

The widow and son of a 72-year-old journalist, Hannes Schopf, who caught the coronavirus in Ischgl in March 2020 and died, are demanding €101,881 in damages from the Republic of Austria.

The Austrian Consumer Protection Association (Österreichischer Verbraucherschutzverein, VSV) filed the claim in the family’s name on September 17th, 2021.

The central accusation is that the authorities reacted too slowly, despite knowing about the corona infections. The call for the class action lawsuit is ongoing. According to the VSV, another 15 suits have been filed with the court. The director of the VSV, Peter Kolba, stated that he also expects countries like Switzerland, Belgium, The United Kingdom, and the Netherlands to file lawsuits in the upcoming period.

The verdict will be announced in writing.

Although vaccines have been widely available for months, the death toll of the corona pandemic continues to rise. Between Wednesday and Thursday last week, 14 more people died.

Since the beginning of the pandemic,10,870 people have died of or with the virus in Austria. The death rate was 121.7 per 100,000 inhabitants on Thursday.

Reported in cooperation with the Austrian Press Agency / APA.

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