07.10.2022

American woman linked to at least 59 coronavirus cases at German resort

Authorities in southern Germany say they’ve recorded three more cases of Covid-19 connected to a 26-year-old American woman suspected of flouting quarantine rules.

The latest cases take the total number of recent infections in the Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen to 59.

It includes 25 staff at a hotel catering to US military personnel, where the woman worked.

Anton Speer, who heads the county administration, told reporters on Tuesday that authorities are still waiting for the results of about 300 tests conducted Monday and it was too soon to give the “all-clear.”

The three new infections were said to have emerged from 740 tests conducted over the weekend.

Bavaria’s governor, Markus Soeder, called the outbreak in Garmisch-Partenkirchen “a model case of stupidity”, saying the American woman had partied despite suffering with Covid-19 symptoms and awaiting a test result.

“Such recklessness must have consequences”, said Mr Soeder, who suggested the woman, who has not been named, could be fined for her actions.

That came as Andrea Mayer, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in Munich, said a preliminary investigation into the woman had been opened, on suspicion of causing bodily harm.

“The investigation is ongoing,” she told The Associated Press, who reported new 10pm curfews on bars and restaurants in the area, following the cases.

The Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, which is reserved for members of the American military, their families and veterans, also remains closed for two weeks.

John Tomassi, a spokesman for the US Army Europe said the military was carrying out its own investigation into the incident.

Germany has seen far fewer cases and coronavirus deaths than the United States, which has more than 32-times the number of infections and 20-times more deaths.

America’s bald eagle population quadruples

The population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states of the US has quadrupled to more than 316,000 federal wildlife officials say.

The population was once on the verge of extinction but a new survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service found more than 70,000 breeding pairs of the iconic bird.

Experts say that in the late 1960s there were less than 500.

The success of the raptor, which is the national symbol of the United States, is a “historic conservation success story,” said newly confirmed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

“The bald eagle has always been considered a sacred species to American Indian people, and similarly it’s sacred to our nation as America’s national symbol,” said Ms Haaland, the first Native American Cabinet secretary.

Bald Eagles were once hunted and poisoned across the US until they were included on the Endangered Species list in 1973 and given federal protection.

Their numbers have bounced back since that point and the bald eagle was removed forth list in 2007, and its numbers have quadrupled since the last survey in 2009.

Experts say that despite this success story the population of American birds has dropped by one-third in the last 50 years.

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