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Switzerland confirms first Wuhan coronavirus case

Christian Fernsby |
Switzerland reported its first coronavirus case today in canton Ticino in the south of the country which borders Italy.

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Laboratory tests carried out in Geneva uncovered a coronavirus case in canton Ticino, authorities said today.

The Federal Office of Public Health told reporters in Bern that the male patient was in his seventies and had been infected in the Milan region of Italy during an event on February 15.

The first symptoms appeared two days later, explained FOPH director Pascal Strupler.

The pensioner has remained with his family ever since.

He is now in isolation at a clinic in Lugano, canton Ticino, but is said to be doing well.

Those who have been in contact with him will be tested and placed in quarantine to monitor their condition over the next 14 days.

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