Coronavirus: Two Zurich patients quarantined as Switzerland prepares for spread of virus

Two patients have been admitted to hospital in Zurich with the suspected Coronavirus as Switzerland prepares for potential spread of virus.

Coronavirus: Two Zurich patients quarantined as Switzerland prepares for spread of virus
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The two suspected cases of coronavirus in Switzerland are still being analysed and have not been confirmed by medical authorities.
The results of tests are expected to be returned on Tuesday morning, said a statement from the Triemli hospital in Zurich.
The two patients were hospitalised and quarantined after showing symptoms of infection after recently returning from China.
Zurich hospital chiefs said both patients were “doing fine” on Monday.
There is no risk for the other patients or the employees of the hospital, officials said.
France announced on Friday that there were three confirmed cases of Coronavirus, two in Paris and one in Bordeaux.
They were the first in Europe. All three patients had recently been to China.
Patrick Mathys, head of the crisis management section at the Federal Office of Public Healthexternal link, told the Sonntagsblick newspaper that the epidemic could spread to Switzerland, a popular destination for Asian tourists.
“We are also in contact with tour operators who organise group tours from Asia to Switzerland,” Mathys said adding that Switzerland was well prepared for the worst-case scenario but that it zero-risk was impossible.
“We have well-equipped large hospitals that could take coronavirus cases,” he said.
Switzerland like many European countries was expected to see its tourist industry hit by China's move to impose travel restrictions to halt the spread of the virus.
Tourism officials in Switzerland predict a fall of up to 50 percent in the number of visitors from China in the coming weeks.
In China, the number of fatalities from the viral pneumonia epidemic jumped to 81 on Monday with some 2,744 cases confirmed in the country.
The World Health Organization on Monday said the global risk from the deadly virus in China was “high”, admitting an error in its previous reports that said it was “moderate”.
The UN health body said in a situation report published late Sunday that the risk was “very high in China, high at the regional level and high at the global level.”
In a footnote, the WHO said there had been an “error” in previous communications published on Thursday, Friday and Saturday which “incorrectly” said the global risk was “moderate”.
Asked for more detail, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said only that it was “an error in the wording”.
The WHO on Thursday stopped short of declaring the virus an international public health emergency — a rare designation used only for the most severe outbreaks that could trigger more concerted international action.

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Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival cancels concerts of unvaccinated British artists

Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival announced on Friday that it was forced to drop the acts of four UK-based artists from its summer program because they haven’t been fully vaccinated yet.

Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival cancels concerts of unvaccinated British artists
British singer-songwriter Rag'n'Bone Man was dropped from Montreux Jazx Festival. Photo: GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP

The move was done in order to comply with current Covid-19 entry rules into Switzerland, which state that from June 26th, travellers from outside the Schengen zone, including Brits, will only be allowed to enter Switzerland if they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus. 

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British soul singer Rag’n’Bone Man who was one of the headliners for the 2021 edition of the festival, which starts on July 2nd, will now no longer be able to attend due to not being fully vaccinated.

Other unvaccinated acts based in the UK who were also dropped because of the new entry rules include Inhaler, Alfa Mist and the Yussef Dayes Trio.

The artists have already been replaced with other performers from around Europe including Italian singer Zucchero, Woodkid, Dutch songwriter Benny Sings and Danish jazz trio Athletic Progression.

In a statement on June 25th, festival organisers said they were trying to make sure that the concerts of the other UK artists would continue to go ahead, however it is tricky because of fears over the Delta strain of the Covid virus, which has now become dominant in Britain.

“Whether or not these artists can come depends on their vaccination status and that of their touring entourage, as well as their ability to quarantine at the start of their European tour or before their concert at Montreux,” they said.

The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of just a small handful of big music festivals in Switzerland that will still go ahead this summer. Other music events such as St Gallen Open-Air, Paléo and Bern’s Gurten festival have been cancelled for the second year in a row, due to ongoing fears over the Covid-19 virus.

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