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Switzerland- Alpine resorts offer mass Covid tests to stem new outbreaks


(MENAFN - Swissinfo) The western Swiss canton of Vaud has become the latest to launch mass Covid-19 testing, with a pilot scheme in its three biggest ski resorts. 



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Starting on Friday, the canton is offering free, voluntary testing in the run-up to a week of school holidays starting February 20. The campaign kicks off in the resort of Villars-sur-Ollon (which by 4PM had done almost 400 tests, four of which were positive), and will then come to Les Diablerets and Leysin. Tests are being offered to anyone over 12 years of age, including non-residents. 

The aim is to 'save the end of the ski season', according to Vaud authorities, and to avoid coronavirus clusters as happened in Verbier in December. Verbier is in neighbouring canton Valais, which is expected to follow suit with testing.

Switzerland has kept its ski resorts open despite the pandemic and despite this causing tension with some neighbouring countries. 

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