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Ischgl - The Corona Hotspot in the Alps
Year: 2020
Run-Time: 1 x 49 min.

Directed by Ed Moschitz

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Languages: German (ORIGINAL)
Format: 16:9

Ischgl - The Corona Hotspot in the Alps

Ausnahmezustand in Ischgl

Ischgl was once a poor farming village - until the longest cable car in the whole country was built there in 1963. The years that followed brought a gigantic economic upturn and the mountains around Ischgl quickly became one of Austria's most state-of-the-art ski resorts. A hotel city hosting 1.4 million overnight stays, with 236 kilometres of pistes and 1,200 snow cannons to attract visitors. The village boasts that its enormous lift system can transport 94,000 people per hour up the mountain. But since the onset of the Coronavirus crisis, Ischgl has been in a state of emergency. The party atmosphere is a thing of the past, and the situation is tense. The Tyrolean village is thought to be one of the epicentres of the pandemic in Europe. There has been widespread international criticism of the long hesitation of those in charge to close this year's skiing season early, and the situation is now under investigation by the Public Prosecutor's Office. Ischgl has been in quarantine for weeks. Tourists, but also countless tourism workers, are stuck in their rooms, waiting for the restrictions to be lifted.


One reporter visited Ischgl with a camera, as long ago as January. Over recent weeks he has interviewed leaders, workers and residents and his report, «Ischgl - the Corona Hotspot in the Alps», documents how the tourist resort is dealing with the crisis.

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