First coronavirus patients in Switzerland released from hospital after full recovery

First coronavirus patients in Switzerland released from hospital after full recovery
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Two patients who had been confirmed as carrying the coronavirus have been released from hospital after having recovered from the virus.

Two coronavirus patients, one in the western canton of Geneva and one in the southern canton of Ticino, have been released from hospital after having recovered from the illness. 

While recoveries have happened elsewhere, it marks the first time in Switzerland that people with confirmed cases of the virus have completed a full recovery. 

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The Geneva patient, who has not been named by authorities, was released on Tuesday. The patient is a student who lives in Geneva during the week. 

As yet, little information is known about the second patient, except that he or she was released from hospital after recovering in the southern canton of Ticino. 

As at Tuesday afternoon, including those who have recovered and been released, nine people have been confirmed with the virus in Geneva and four people in Ticino. 

As discussed earlier on The Local Switzerland, around 80 percent of those who contract the virus will suffer from mild symptoms. Only five percent end up in a critical condition. 

The risks are higher for older people or those with underlying health conditions. 

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