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Switzerland documents 5 cases of UK virus variant, 2 of South African variant

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ZURICH, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Switzerland has documented five cases of a coronavirus variant from Britain and two cases of a South African variant, a Swiss health ministry official said on Tuesday, adding he anticipates more cases of these faster-spreading mutations will emerge.

"At least until now, there's no evidence that these strains are spreading in large numbers in Switzerland," said Patrick Mathys, leader of the health ministry's crisis management section. "But it would be an illusion to think that these infections, which have been confirmed in the laboratory, are the only ones that exist in Switzerland. We have to expect that we'll find more, and it's probable that there has already been transmission." One of the infections detected in Switzerland was in a person who lives in neighboring France, he said. (Reporting by John Miller; editing by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi)