Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
Potatoes and cabbage: the truth we may not wsnt to know about chocolate. Phoro by Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
Find out what's going on today in Switzerland with The Local's short roundup of the news.

Beware of fake emails from the “government”

A number of emails impersonating federal authorities are currently circulating in Switzerland, according to GovCER, the official national cybersecurity cell.

The agency is warning recipients not to answer these messages, reporting them instead on this site.

This is the latest attempt at sending fake emails to random people in Switzerland, including those allegedly from law enforcement agencies or banks.

Security glitches on vaccination platform are fixed

Nearly a month after / website was closed due to massive flaws in the platform’s security, the problems have now been resolved.

“All security gaps had been identified and fixed,” said spokesperson Nicole Bürki.

The website, which allows people to create an electronic version of their paper vaccination record, will go live again as soon as the government and the Federal Office of Public Health give a green light.

It was closed on March 24th, after it was discovered that data of about 450,000 registered users, including 240,000 who were vaccinated against Covid, may have been compromised and potentially exploited by criminals.

Vaccinated people may be exempted from quarantine

Those who are fully vaccinated will in the future be exempted from the quarantine requirement for six months.

“Based on the scientific data,  we have come to the conclusion that people fully vaccinated with the mRNA vaccine can forego quarantine for six months if they come into contact with an infected person”, said Christoph Berger, President of the Federal Commission for Vaccination Issues.

Pfizer / Biontech and Moderna vaccines, which are used in Switzerland’s inoculation programme, both use the mRNA technology.

However, the exemption would not initially apply to travellers returning from countries at risk, Berger said.

Scientists reveal shocking truth behind Swiss chocolate

There are apparently pressing matters other than coronavirus that preoccupy Swiss scientists these days. Like, what odours are predominant in chocolate.

This is what researchers from the Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation in Wädenswil (ZH) are busy studying.

“To date, over 500 volatile compounds have been identified in cocoa and chocolate. Ultimately, however, only a few aromatic substances contribute significantly to the characteristic chocolate aroma”, the Institute said.

Chocolate lovers may be unpleasantly surprised to learn that among main aromas identified are potato, cabbage, and beetroot.

“Interestingly, there is not a single compound that smells like cocoa”, the study concluded.

READ MORE: Swiss chocolate consumption falls to 40-year low in pandemic

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