Swiss authorities have given voice to two-song yodling concerts attended by 600 fans of the traditional song, now known as the Superspeeder Covid-19 events, which have turned a small Swiss zone into a hot spot. A second wave of epidemics is sweeping Europe.
People who attended indoor events in the Swiss region in late September were advised to leave socially, but did not need to wear masks, which would be a barrier to their yodeling.
The small rural area now has a positive rate of 50 per cent (Half of all tests return positive), which becomes the highest infection rate across Europe, with case numbers doubling every day over the past week.
Pete Heckner, who organized the events, told a local Swiss television station that nine days after the event, he had discovered that many people from the main group of Yodellers who had attended both concerts had been affected. “We can’t do anything about what happened on this yodeling team,” he said.
No more masks are needed on the face, but local hospital director Francisco Folmi asked people to wear them to prevent the spread of the infectious virus and to put pressure from the area hospital.
In a televised interview, Reto Newsch, the hospital’s chief physician, said: “It’s time we reacted. “The eruption in Switzerland is one of the worst in Europe.”
COVID-19 infections are on the rise across Europe, with France registering 30,000 new cases in a 24-hour period on Thursday, leading to curfew orders in cities such as Paris. Italy, when it was the epicenter of the European eruption, saw a greater number of epidemics than during the first wave.
Officials blame the reopening of schools and the reluctance of young people to take the epidemic seriously. Attempts to control nightlife have not yet been made to mitigate the spread across the EU.
Although yodeling is popular in the Tyrol region of Austria and other alpine regions, the Swiss region is the first known phenomenon of the traditional practice associated with the COVID-19 eruption.