India Covid variant traced in Switzerland: health authority

Geneva, Switzerland: A case of the Covid-19 variant, which is leading to India's exploding outbreak, was discovered in Switzerland on Saturday, according to the country's public health authority.

"The first case of the Indian variant of Covid-19 has been discovered in Switzerland," Switzerland's Federal Office of Public Health said in a tweet.

The virus variant was discovered in "a passenger who was transiting through an airport," according to the study, which did not go into further detail about the event.

The news comes after Belgian authorities announced on Thursday that a group of 20 Indian nursing students who arrived in the country from Paris tested positive for the variant.

Meanwhile, India's healthcare system is collapsing due to a new wave of infections caused in part by the new "double mutant" strain known as B.1.617.

Countries have been on high alert for the variant, and some have suspended flights from India.

Meanwhile, the Swiss health authority is debating whether to add India to its "red list" of high-risk countries.

People coming from countries on Switzerland's red list must be quarantined for ten days.

It adds countries and regions to the list if Covid-19 infection rates remain significantly higher than those of Switzerland for 14 days.

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