Switzerland reported its first case of new coronavirus after outbreaks were identified in its main neighbours Austria, France, Germany and Italy.
Federal Health Office Chief Pascal Strupler told reporters on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 that the infected is a man in his 70s, near Milan, where he attended an event on February 15, 2020.
The man is from the Italian speaking canton of Ticino on the border with Italy and has been with his family since suffering the first symptoms on February 17, 2020.
He is now in isolation in a hospital and anyone who has come in contact with him since his return from Milan will be tested and placed in quarantine for 14 days.
The health official said in a statement, that the infected person is in a good state of health, adding that the risk of contagion for Switzerland as a whole remained only moderate.
Strupler further said that because of the proximity to Italy, the probability that other cases will be diagnosed is high.
Prior to this case, Switzerland had tested some 300 suspect cases that were all found to be negative.
The government said on Monday, February 24, 2020 that it had stepped up testing on patients with flu-like symptoms and was working to raise awareness at all border points.