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A British tourist has been blamed for a spike in coronavirus cases that led officials to cancel Switzerland’s famous Lauberhorn ski race.

The resort of Wengen, where the race is held, had recorded only 10 cases of the virus by mid-December.

But the number soon began to rise and many cases have since been linked to the new highly infectious variant of Covid-19 first identified in the UK.

At least 27 cases are connected to one British tourist, contact tracers say.

The tourist stayed in a hotel in Wengen over the holiday period.