Germany's Der Spiegel outlet has suggested that Austrian Ischgl ski resort has made its contribution to the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Europe.
Though the resort closed its doors to visitors seven weeks earlier than originally planned, the closure came much later than it should have been, according to Spiegel.
It seems that a huge number of tourists from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany became infected with the coronavirus during their stay at Ischgl and then took the infection back to their home countries.
After enjoying ski rides, visitors usually go to the Kitzloch bar situated near the valley station in Ischgl. This is where the spread of the virus is believed to have started as a bartender is thought to be infected with the virus and could have passed it to tourists, particularly from Germany and Scandinavia.
While the total number of people infected with the COVID-19 worldwide has nearly reached 200,000 with around 8,000 fatalities, the Austrian Health Ministry has reported a total of 1,471 people infected with the virus, with three more succumbing to the disease.