American female military employee Jailed in Germany: Yasmin A Wiki, Biography, Age
An American military employee is said to be facing jail in Germany after allegedly going on a bar crawl with COVID-19, infecting at least 23 others and exposing more than 710 people to the virus.
The Munich public prosecutor has opened an investigation after the woman, named only as Yasmin A., went out partying in Garmisch-Partenkirchen while awaiting test results after returning from a vacation in Greece on September 7 with a sore throat.
On Tuesday it was reported authorities had recorded three more COVID-19 infections in people who frequented bars visited by the 26-year-old, who works at the Defense department-owned Edelweiss Lodge and Resort.
Attorney General Andrea Mayer told the German daily Bild: “We have an initial suspicion that we are now investigating.”
District office spokesman Wolfgang Rotzsche added: “If the woman has really consciously accepted this risk, then she should also be prosecuted legally.”
The latest cases recorded Tuesday bring the total number of recent infections in the city to 59, including 25 staff at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, which is reserved for members of the US military, their families and veterans.
Attorney Arndt Kempgens said: “From a conditional intent point of view, this can even lead to criminal liability for deliberate and dangerous bodily harm according to Section 224 of the Penal Code. The sentence varies from 6 months to 10 years in prison. ‘
US Army spokesman Donald Wrenn told Bild: ‘For American civilian employees, the Bavarian regulations for the prevention of infectious diseases apply, as they do for all German citizens.
“The United States Army in Bavaria maintains its soldiers and civilians, as well as Bavarian ordinances regarding limiting the spread of the virus to a high level. Any violation of these regulations would be inconsistent with our behavior and our efforts to keep our communities safe.
“Our primary focus is currently complete and accurate identification of contact persons, as well as additional testing to limit the possible spread of COVID-19.”
The woman is said to have visited Peaches Bar and the Irish Pub in Garmisch. The Edelweiss Lodge and Resort has been closed for two weeks.
Anton Speer, who heads the county administration, told reporters Tuesday that authorities are still awaiting the results of some 300 tests carried out Monday and that it was too early to give the go-ahead.
Three new infections emerged from 740 tests conducted over the weekend.
Bavaria Governor Markus Soeder called the outbreak in Garmisch-Partenkirchen ‘a model case of stupidity’ because the 26-year-old American had partied despite having COVID-19 symptoms and waiting for a test result. .
Soeder had said that “such recklessness must have consequences” and suggested that the woman could be fined heavily.
Failure to comply with quarantine rules can result in fines of up to 2,000 euros ($ 2,375), but more penalties and liability for damages may be imposed if other people become infected or businesses suffer financial damage as a result.
Andrea Mayer, a spokesman for prosecutors in Munich, confirmed Tuesday that her office had opened a preliminary investigation into the woman on suspicion of causing bodily harm. “The investigation is ongoing,” he told The Associated Press.
The outbreak has lead to a 10pm curfew on bars and restaurants and a rule that no more than five people can gather in public.
The Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, which is reserved for members of the American military, their families and veterans, has also shut down completely for two weeks.
John Tomassi, spokesman for the U.S. Army Europe, said the military is conducting its own investigation into the incident and is recommending any service members or others who had contact with the Edelweiss employee be tested for coronavirus.
The Edelweiss resort has vacation cabins and 258 rooms and suites, but Tomassi said he did not have details on how many people had been staying there over the past two weeks. He said contact tracing was part of the investigation.
Germany’s disease control center on Tuesday reported 1,407 new cases across the country in the past day.
The country has been widely praised for its handling of the pandemic. It has recorded over 9,360 virus-related deaths, a toll one-fourth of Britain’s.