By Tony Winterburn • 26 March 2020 • 9:03
THE UK CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC WAS MOST PROBABLY STARTED IN JANUARY BY AN IT CONSULTANT THAT CAUGHT IT IN AN AUSTRIAN SKI RESORT
The UK’s coronavirus patient zero is an ‘IT consultant who caught the killer bug at an Austrian ski party’ and started spreading it weeks earlier than was thought.
Daren Bland from Maresfield, East Sussex, is understood to have infected his wife Sarah and children after returning from Ischgl in mid-January.
The 50-year-old joined three friends there from January 15 to 19, with the others travelling home – two to Denmark and one to Minnesota in the US who all eventually became sick.
Prosecutors are investigating the Austrian destination for possible negligence due to hundreds of foreigners leaving with the illness and for possibly starting the whole European epidemic.
Henrik Lerfeldt has fond memories of Kitzloch, a popular restaurant and bar in the Austrian ski resort town of Ischgl, where he partied several nights while on holiday three weeks ago.
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