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Tourists Lose Bid to Claim Damage in Virus-Hit Austrian Resort

Ischgl, Austria.

Ischgl, Austria.

Photographer: Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images

A court in Austria has rejected civil claims filed by two German tourists seeking damages for how local authorities responded to one of the earliest coronavirus outbreaks in Europe.

The Vienna Civil Court closed the case without hearing witnesses, arguing it couldn’t be proved that the pair had contracted the virus in the resort of Ischgl, according to the Consumer Protection Association, which is representing about 6,000 claimants related to the events in March 2020.