UK’S first case traced to ski bar

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - By Paul Nuki global Health Se­cu­rity edi­tor and Sarah Newey

THE first trans­mis­sion of coro­n­avirus in­side the UK may have started more than a month ear­lier than thought.

A fam­ily from East Sus­sex is be­lieved to have been in­fected as early as mid Jan­uary af­ter the father re­turned from a skiing holiday in Ischgl, Aus­tria.

The Ty­rolean re­sort has been linked to out­breaks across Europe and is now un­der crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion for an al­leged cover-up.

Daren Bland, 50, an IT con­sul­tant, was in Ischgl from Jan 15 to 19 with three friends, two from Den­mark and one from Min­nesota in the US.

All three fell ill on their re­turn with clas­sic symp­toms and Mr Bland passed on the in­fec­tion to his wife and chil­dren in Mares­field, East Sus­sex.

A virus that caused a dry cough then spread rapidly through the lo­cal­ity in the weeks up to the Fe­bru­ary half term.

Like many of the Euro­pean Covid-19 cases traced back to Ischgl, Mr Bland vis­ited the Kit­zloch bar, which is famed for its rau­cous après-ski party scene.

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