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Susannah Ford, 53, said she is convinced she caught it while at Obergurgl resort, less than eight miles from the Italian border.
Coronavirus may have flown into the UK a month before the first case was identified. An antibody test has revealed that a London Arts director, who fell ill on January 6 after returning from a skiing holiday in Austria, has suffered from the disease.
It is also 65 miles from Ischgl, Austria, which is facing a criminal probe over allegations it covered up an outbreak for weeks – allowing the disease to spread across Europe.
Susannah Ford fell ill two days after returning to the UK
Ford had visited the resort with her husband and two daughters, and fell ill two days after returning to the UK via Gatwick. She was the only member of her family to fall ill.
‘I felt like death,’ she told The Sunday Times. ‘I ached terribly in every muscle and joint for five days and was too groggy even to go to the Eliot prize for poetry.
‘We didn’t go to any clubs or discos, we ate in the hotel every night and were then safely tucked up in bed. But I guess when you are skiing you touch lots of things – ski poles, lift buttons.’
She had been to Trinidad before the holiday, and thought it may have been something that she picked up there. She was tested for dengue fever and leishmaniasis, before GPs said she had a vitamin D deficiency.
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Ischgl is facing an investigation in Austria over claims it covered up the outbreak, and kept the slopes and bars open for weeks despite the danger.
German media has branded it ‘the breeding ground’ of coronavirus while Norway has argued almost half of its cases came from the resort.
Susannah Ford Quick Facts
- Susannah Ford, 53, became ill after a skiing holiday to Austria, on January 6
- Her family stayed at Obergurgl, less than 65 miles from pandemic hotbed Ischgl
- Mother-of-two was the only member of her family to get ill after their holiday