The hospitality management school 'Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne' pictured in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, 23 September 2020. Swiss health authorities have ordered a quarantine for 2,500 students at a hospitality management school after a 'significant outbreaks' of COVID-19 turned up. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
By Nadine Achoui-Lesage and Jamey Keaten
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss health authorities have ordered a quarantine for a staggering 2,500 students at a prestigious hospitality management school in the city of Lausanne after “significant outbreaks” of the coronavirus 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 COVID-19 outbreaks because targeted closures were not possible.
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. Read more >>