Indian Covid19 variant found in Switzerland

Indian Covid19 variant found in Switzerland

Indian Covid19 variant found in Switzerland

A first case of the Covid-19 variant contributing to the exploding outbreak in India has been detected in Switzerland, the public health authority said Saturday. The virus variant was found in “a passenger who arrived in Switzerland after transiting through a European airport.”

“The person changed flights in a European country before flying on to Switzerland,” spokesman Daniel Dauwalder told AFP in an email, adding that the positive sample was collected in March in the northern canton of Solothurn.

The news comes after Belgian authorities on Thursday said a group of 20 Indian nursing students who arrived from Paris had tested positive for the variant in the country.

India’s healthcare system is meanwhile buckling under a new wave of infections blamed in part on the new “double mutant” variant, known as B.1.617.

Countries have been on high alert for the variant, with several suspending flights from India. People arriving from countries placed on Switzerland’s red list are required to quarantine for 10 days.