Staff chief of the joint mission between World Well being Group (WHO) and China on COVID-19, Bruce Aylward exhibits graphics throughout a press convention on the WHO headquarters in Geneva on February 25, 2020. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
Switzerland reported its first case of recent coronavirus on Tuesday after outbreaks have been recognized in its major neighbours Austria, France, Germany and Italy.
The case is a person in his 70s who was contaminated close to Milan the place he attended an occasion on February 15, federal well being workplace chief Pascal Strupler informed reporters.
The person is from the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino on the border with Italy and has been together with his household since struggling the primary signs on February 17.
He’s now in isolation in a hospital and anybody who has come into contact with him since his return from Milan might be examined and positioned in quarantine for 14 days.
“His state of health is good,” the well being officers mentioned in a press release, including that the chance of contagion for Switzerland as an entire remained solely “moderate”.
However it additionally mentioned that, due to the proximity to Italy, “the probability is growing that other cases will be diagnosed”.
Previous to this case, Switzerland had examined some 300 suspect circumstances that have been all discovered to be unfavorable.
The federal government mentioned on Monday that it had stepped up testing on sufferers with flu-like signs and was working to boost consciousness in any respect border factors.