Students’ Covid fraudulent messages quarantine an entire class

ZURICH – Students in the Swiss city of Basel faked Covid-19’s positive results in an attempt to skip school, resulting in the entire class being quarantined and now disciplinary measures against perpetrators after the fraud was discovered.

Three students from Kirschgarten High School in Basel forged SMS messages from Switzerland’s Covid-19 contact tracking application, the Swiss newspaper Blick reported.

This forced about 25 colleagues to be confined to their homes for about 10 days. Several teachers were also affected by the incident just before spring break in March.

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“This is not just a child’s play, it is a serious incident,” said Simon Thiriet, a spokesman for the Basel education department, Blick.

The school plans to prosecute criminal charges for falsifying “health-relevant documents”, although it does not plan to expel them. Thiriet said the students are in a “difficult situation” due to the pandemic, but that does not dispense with the trio’s feat.