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ZURICH– Health authorities quarantined 2 hotels and closed ski schools in the swank Swiss resort of St. Moritz on Monday to attempt to curb an outbreak of the highly transmittable new coronavirus variant.

The eastern Swiss canton of Grisons purchased everyone to use masks in the town of 5,200 citizens that prides itself as a birthplace of modern winter season sports. Mass screening of locals will happen on Tuesday. Schools and day care places are closed.

” About a dozen cases are currently understood in two hotels. To protect the health of the population and guests, the health department has quarantined the 2 hotels and purchased corona tests for their staff members and visitors,” the canton stated in a declaration.

It declined to name the hotels and stated it assumed foreigners were amongst the guests however it did not offer their nationalities.

The canton said authorities had determined the N501 Y virus mutation, which has actually been reported in the variants initially identified in both Britain and South Africa. The canton did not instantly state if the variant was thought to have come from Britain or South Africa.

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While closing dining establishments, bars, theaters and leisure locations to limit spread of the illness, Switzerland has left ski lifts open as long as they keep steps like mask wearing to safeguard public health. St. Moritz ski locations remain open, as well, following the variant break out.

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