2,500 stu­dents quar­an­tined: ❑❑❑ France’s de­fense chief mis­led:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

Swiss health au­thor­i­ties have or­dered a quar­an­tine for 2,500 stu­dents at a pres­ti­gious hos­pi­tal­ity man­age­ment school in the city of Lau­sanne af­ter “sig­nif­i­cant out­breaks” of COVID-19 that are a sus­pected byprod­uct of off-cam­pus par­ty­ing.

Au­thor­i­ties in Switzer­land’s Vaud can­ton, or re­gion, said all un­der­grad­u­ates at the Ecole Hote­liere de Lau­sanne, known as the Lau­sanne Hos­pi­tal­ity Man­age­ment Univer­sity in English, have been or­dered to quar­an­tine both on- and off-cam­pus be­cause the num­ber of out­breaks “made a more tar­geted clo­sure im­pos­si­ble.”

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, na­tional health au­thor­i­ties and oth­ers have cau­tioned that young peo­ple, who tend to have milder COVID-19 symp­toms than older de­mo­graphic groups, have been a key driver for the con­tin­ued spread of the coro­n­avirus in re­cent weeks, par­tic­u­larly in Europe.

“The ear­li­est el­e­ments of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cate that the or­ga­ni­za­tion of one or more par­ties was at the ori­gin of these many out­breaks of in­fec­tion,” the Vaud re­gional of­fice said in a state­ment, adding that the par­ties seemed to take place be­fore new con­tain­ment mea­sures in the re­gion were an­nounced on Sept 15. (AP)

France’s de­fense min­is­ter has ad­mit­ted to mis­lead­ing the na­tion about virus pro­tec­tions for air force per­son­nel who evac­u­ated French cit­i­zens from the hard-hit

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