Swiss authorities have expressed their concern about two sing-vod yodling concerts attended by 600 fans of the traditional singer now known as the Super Spreader COVID-19 events that have turned the tiny Swiss canton into a hot spot in second place. The epidemic has spread to Europe.
Participants in an indoor performance at the end of September in Schweiz Canton were socially advised to distance themselves, but do not need to wear masks that hinder their yodeling.
In small villages, the rate is now 50 per cent (I.e. half of all tests return positive), which last doubled the number of cases per day in the UK, making it the highest infectious rate in all of Europe.
Beat Hagner, who hosted the event, told a local Swiss TV station that she learned nine days after the incident that many of the main group’s yodlers participating in both concerts had been infected. “There is nothing that we can do about it,” he said.
Face masks are still not required in Canton, but Francisca Foelmi, director of the local hospital Spital, said people wear them to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus and put pressure on the area hospital under stress.
“This time we reacted,” said Rato News, the hospital’s chief doctor, in the same TV interview. “The explosion in the number of Schweiz cases is the worst in all of Europe.”
A total of 30,000 new cases were reported in France in a 24-hour period on Thursday, following a curfew in cities such as Paris. Even in Italy, when the country was the epicenter of the European outbreak, the number of infections they contracted during the first wave was higher.
Authorities blame the reluctance of young people to reopen schools and take the epidemic seriously for a new wave. Attempts to snatch nightlife have so far done little to reduce the spread to the EU.
While yodeling is also popular in the Tyrol region of Austria and other alpine areas, the Swiss canton is the first known example of the traditional practices associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.