A US military employee partied for several nights with colleagues despite having coronavirus symptoms, it has been claimed.
She allegedly infected 23 of her colleagues and exposed more than 710 people to the virus while she awaited results for her coronavirus test, Daily Mail reports.
The US military employee, who had just returned from a holiday in Greece, reportedly went out on a bar crawl with her co-workers in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, where she is said to have kissed several of them.
Before testing positive for coronavirus, she also worked at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort before, where she was setting up a conference of US military top brass about preventing the spread of the virus.
Authorities reported on Tuesday that three people who had frequented the bars visited by her had also contracted coronavirus.
Lawyer Arndt Kempgens, told German daily newspaper Bild: “From the point of view of conditional intent, this can even lead to criminal liability for wilful and dangerous bodily harm according to Section 224 of the Criminal Code.
“The sentence ranges from six months to 10 years.”
Anton Speer, states District Administration, said: “I appeal to all young people who have not yet been tested. We have to use all our strength for the tests.
“We must not be careless now.”
Authorities are reportedly still waiting for the results of about 300 tests conducted on Monday and said it was too soon to give the “all-clear”.
Donald Wrenn, US Army spokesman, said: “For US civilian employees, the Barbarian regulations for the prevention of infections diseases apply, just like for every German citizen.
“The US army in Bavaria keeps its soldiers and civilians as well as the Bavarian ordinances with regard to limiting the spread of the virus to a high standard.
“Any violation of these regulations would be inconsistent with our behaviour and our efforts to keep our communities safe.
“Our main focus is currently on the thorough and precise identification of contact persons as well as additional tests to limit the possible spread of Covid-19.”
Bavaria’s governor, Markus Soeder, called the outbreak in Garmisch-Partenkirchen “a model case of stupidity”.
He said the American should never had gone partying having taken a Covid-19 test without knowing the results, and that such “reckless behaviour must have consequences”.
The latest cases recorded on Tuesday take the total number of recent infections in the town to 59, including 25 staff at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, which is reserved for members of the American military, their family and veterans.
The outbreak has led to a 10pm curfew on bars and restaurants and a rule that no more than 5 people can gather in public.
John Tomassi, spokesman for the US Army Europe, said the military is conducting its own investigation into the incident and is recommending any service member or other who had contact with the Edelweiss employ be tested for coronavirus.
Germany’s disease control centre on Tuesday reported 1,407 new cases across the country in the past day.
The country has recorded over 9,360 deaths, and has been widely praised for its handling of the pandemic.