Coronavirus: Yodellers reject blame for “one of the worst COVID epidemics in Europe” | World news

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The cast of a yodeling musical has thrown blame for a COVID-19 outbreak dubbed one of the worst in Europe.

The performances in Schwyz, Suisse, gathered 600 fans at the end of September – and coronavirus cases there have more than doubled to 1,238 since the middle of this month.

With an infection rate of 408 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it is today the most affected region in Switzerland.

But a “Forever and Always” cast member, who enforced social distancing but did not require participants to wear face masks, dismissed the idea that yodellers are responsible as “sheer slander.”

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Yodel’s musical “Forever and Always” has delayed the remainder of its tour due to the pandemic. Pic: Jodelmusical

Erwin Bertschy admitted that three other artists had tested positive for COVID-19[feminine[feminine five days after the shows, but said the organizers had a “concept of protection that was respected.”

“At the same time, the restaurants were open all night and they were packed,” he told Sky News. “But it’s easier to blame an outside organizer. ”

Cast member Maja Keller-Roth agreed, saying there had been other events this weekend in Schwyz where people could have caught the virus.

“We think it’s a shame and sad that the media is now dragging us through the mud,” she told Sky News.

Beat Hegner, the general manager of the venue that hosted the performances, seemed to accept some responsibility when he told a Swiss TV station: “We couldn’t prevent what happened with this group. of yodors.

“We learned nine days after the performances that several people in the troop were infected. From there, we couldn’t control the chain of infection. ”

Some scientists have suggested that the song could spread the virus via droplets suspended in the air.

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Erwin Bertschy (far left) did not test positive for the virus, but three of his colleagues did. Pic: Jodelmusical

Intensive care wards are filling up at Schwyz hospital, prompting one of its directors, Franziska Follmi, to warn that the hospital “cannot handle” if the increase in cases continues.

“The explosion in the number of cases in Schwyz is one of the worst of all L’Europe Reto Nuesch said in an engaging video.

“It is time for you, the people, to react. Wear masks, stop partying. ”

He targeted the local government, saying “the measures were not formulated clearly enough so far”.

The local government did not announce until Monday that masks would become mandatory for all public and private events of more than 50 people.

The Swiss federal system leaves room for maneuver to its regions – called cantons – to define health policy.

Yodeling musical blamed for worst coronavirus cluster in Switzerland.
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Maja Keller-Roth said it was a “shame” that the musical was blamed for the increase in coronavirus cases. Pic: Jodelmusical

Sign of a second wave, the country reported another daily record of 3,105 new coronavirus cases on Friday.

The Alpine nation has confirmed more than 71,000 total cases and more than 1,800 deaths.

Geneva this week limited public gatherings to 100 people, and now requires contact details to be taken for events of more than 15 people.

“If we don’t get this under control, we run the risk of finding ourselves in a more difficult situation to control,” said Bertrand Levrat, Director General of Geneva Hospitals.

“We’re really at a turning point – things can go both ways. “

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