Vienna (AFP) - The Austrian village of Sankt Corona am Wechsel might also need to rethink its tourism marketing campaign, its mayor said Monday after the new coronavirus pandemic has drawn some undesirable interest.

"in the beginning we smiled to look an endemic named like the village seem, but jokes have stopped for the reason that epidemic became so extreme," stated mayor Michael Gruber.

Ecotourism is the primary supply of sales for the village of some four hundred people mendacity some one hundred kilometres (60 miles) south of Vienna on the foot of the Alps.

"We’ll probably ought to find a new name for... Our mascot to welcome vacationers," Gruber informed AFP.

The mascot, named "Corona", is an ant sporting conventional clothing, featured on pamphlets and other information for vacationers.
Points of interest in the village named after the Catholic saint Corona encompass summer time sledding and mountain biking.

Austria has recorded greater than 3,900 cases of the brand new coronavirus to date, with 21 deaths.

The u . S . Of a few nine million people has surpassed strict measures to restriction movements to fight the unfold of the virus.