Virus hoax puts class in quarantine

World | REUTERS 9 Apr 2021

Three students in the Swiss city of Basel falsified positive Covid-19 results to skip school, but it resulted in an entire class being put in quarantine.

So disciplinary measures are being taken against the perpetrators after the hoax was discovered.

The erring students at Basel's Kirschgarten High School falsified SMS messages from Switzerland's Covid-19 contact tracing app, Blick newspaper reported. That forced about 25 classmates to be confined to their homes for some 10 days. Several teachers were also affected by the incident just before the spring break in March.

"This is not just a childish prank - it's a serious incident," snapped Simon Thiriet, a spokesman for Basel's education department.

The school plans to pursue criminal charges for falsifying "health-relevant documents," though it does not plan to expel them.

Thiriet said students are in a "difficult situation" due to the pandemic, but that doesn't excuse the trio's class-dodging stunt.

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