For days, the Alpine countries in Europe have been arguing about the closure of winter sports businesses in order to prevent the corona virus from spreading again, for example through winter sports enthusiasts. While Germany and Italy are campaigning for an opening only after the New Year, Austria and Switzerland do not want to close their ski areas, not least for economic reasons.
Now the sound is noticeably rougher. Italy’s Health Council President Franco Locatelli said in the newspaper “La Stampa”: “Switzerland’s decision to keep the ski areas open is disappointing.” He and other scientists advise the Ministry of Health and prepare the corona situation reports.
Ski tourists in quarantine
In view of the corona pandemic, Localtelli hopes that ski areas will be closed by the end of the year and otherwise calls for quarantine for those returning from abroad. “If that weren’t the case, I would say that it makes sense to provide for a period of isolation for returnees to protect the general public,” he says.
Austria also gets its fat. Austria is part of the EU and Locatelli called it “surprising” that Vienna did not accept the proposal by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Italian government to keep the plants closed to protect against infection.
20,600 new infections on Sunday
Meanwhile, the Corona data in Italy shows that the restrictive measures of the past few weeks have had an effect. The reproductive value, which indicates how many people infected by an infected person, recently fell further from an average of 1.2 to around 1.1.
On Sunday, the authorities reported around 20,600 new infections within one day, almost 7,700 fewer than on the Sunday before. 541 people died with Sars-CoV-2 within 24 hours. In total, around 1.585 million corona cases and almost 55,000 corona deaths have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. (pbe / SDA)