The person who tested positive for the South Africa mutation in Ticino is in isolation, as the cantonal health department announced on Friday, January 1st. She traveled to Ticino from South Africa and is still there. She had tested positive before Christmas.
This means that the South African variant of the virus has been officially confirmed for the third time in Switzerland. The BAG reported on two confirmed cases on Tuesday. There were five confirmed cases of the mutation that appeared in Great Britain in Switzerland at the end of December.
It was also announced on Friday that a child and a young adult died in connection with an infection with the coronavirus. The child lived in the canton of St. Gallen, the adult in the canton of Zurich.
The Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) confirmed a report from the online portal 20min.ch on Friday. The child belonged to the under-9-year-old category, the adult to the 20 to 29-year-old age group.
After a spokesman for the canton of Zurich had ruled out the online portal that the elderly person had died of Covid-19, the BAG intervened in the discussion. In a press release, media spokeswoman Katrin Holenstein stated that the BAG statistics are not statistics on the causes of death. The BAG does not know the exact cause of death.
On the report form to the FOPH for the clinical findings, it is only noted that it was a Covid patient. The exact cause of death is recorded by the Federal Statistical Office (BFS) with a slight delay. This analyzes the information from the death certificates of the deceased. Only from the FSO cause of death statistics can it be seen “whether the people died of or with Covid-19”.
This means that at least two people under the age of 29 have certainly died in Switzerland in connection with a coronavirus infection. At the end of May, the BAG reported the death of an infant from the canton of Aargau.