All 628 tests carried out in St. Wolfgang on Saturday have now been evaluated. According to the APA, a further 419 tests were carried out on Sunday, the results of which should be available on Monday. Employees from tourism companies, guests and locals were tested. According to the Austrian news agency, seven hotels, a pizzeria and two bars in St. Wolfgang are affected by infections.
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 spread of the virus in St. Wolfgang brings back memories of the corona outbreak in the Austrian winter sports resort of Ischgl, which had become a hotspot for corona infections in March. In Ischgl, many tourists from Germany were also infected. Lake Wolfgang in the Salzkammergut is very popular with German tourists – the former Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU), who died in 2017, also spent his holidays there regularly for years.
On Friday, the Austrian health authorities again introduced a tightened mask requirement due to the recent significant increase in the number of new corona infections. In supermarkets as well as bank and post offices, mouth and nose protection has to be worn again.