UK’S first case traced to ski bar
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.