A 26-year-old American military employee is facing up to ten years in prison in Germany after going to parties and bars with coronavirus.
She reportedly infected at least 20 people and exposed over 710 to Covid-19.
The Munich public executor has launched an investigation after the 26-year-old, known as Yasmin, was awaiting test results after a vacation in Greece when went to a party in Garmish-Partenkirchen.
According to reports, she returned from the trip in September with a sore throat.
Chief Public Prosecutor Andrea Mayer said to newspaper Bild: “We have an initial suspicion that we are now investigating.”
A spokesperson for the District Office, Wolfgang Rotzsche, said: “If the woman has actually consciously accepted this risk, then she should also be legally prosecuted.”
Lawyer Arndt Kempgens added: “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 6 months to 10 years in prison.”
US Army spokesperson Donald Wren told the German newspaper: “For US civilian employees, the Bavarian regulations for the prevention of infectious 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 behavior 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.”
Governor Markus Soeder described the outbreak in Garmish-Partenkirchen ‘a model case of stupidity’ as the 26-year-old had gone partying despite experiencing symptoms of coronavirus and awaiting results.
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