Switzerland’s well being authority stated Saturday the primary case of India’s coronavirus variant — which has contributed to an exploding outbreak in India — has been discovered within the nation.
“The primary case of the Indian variant of COVID-19 has been found in Switzerland,” Switzerland’s Federal Workplace of Public Well being (BAG) stated in a tweet.
The virus variant was present in “a passenger who was transiting by way of an airport,” it stated.
Spokesman Daniel Dauwalder instructed AFP in an e mail that the optimistic pattern was collected in March within the northern canton of Solothurn, and that the transit passenger “had arrived from a European nation”.
The information comes after Belgian authorities on Thursday stated a bunch of 20 Indian nursing college students who arrived from Paris had examined optimistic for the variant within the nation.
India’s healthcare system is in the meantime buckling underneath a brand new wave of infections blamed partly on the brand new “double mutant” variant, often called B.1.617.
On Saturday, India reported a file every day variety of circumstances and deaths from COVID-19, whereas the federal government is struggling to supply sufficient oxygen to overwhelmed hospitals.
A complete of just about 190,000 folks have died of coronavirus in India in response to official figures.
International locations have been on excessive alert for the variant, with a number of suspending flights from India.
The BAG stated it was discussing whether or not so as to add India to its crimson record of excessive danger international locations.
Folks arriving from international locations positioned on Switzerland’s crimson record are required to quarantine for 10 days.
However Dauwalder identified that India already figured on a separate record held by the State Secretariat for Migration, which meant that for now, generally solely Swiss residents and residents have been permitted to enter Switzerland after a keep in India.