Sunbathing woman shot in the leg

A 46-year-old woman was shot in the leg on Saturday afternoon as she lay sunbathing by a small lake near St. Gallen.


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The woman, referred to in reports only as S.Y., went with her boyfriend to the Bruggerhorn swimming area near the Austrian border on Saturday.

“Suddenly she heard a loud whistle. Then she felt a pain in her lower left leg. It was bleeding very heavily,” 52-year-old lifeguard Christian Baumgartner told online news site,

“We immediately administered emergency treatment,” Baumgartner said.

“She was responsive but totally shocked.”

Strangely, no one heard a bang or the ricochet from the bullet. It is unclear whether she was shot intentionally or by accident.

Swiss police have yet to determine conclusively which direction the bullet came from, with investigations also being conducted over the border in Austria.

For the moment, police are assuming the shooting was an accident, but have not ruled out a direct attack, said spokesman Bertrand Hug.

The type of weapon has not yet been identified. The bullet, which penetrated deep inside the sunbather’s leg, was surgically removed shortly after she was shot.

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Travel: Are neighbouring countries still open to Swiss tourists?

Borders between Switzerland and its neighbours are open. But given high coronavirus infection rates, border nations have tightened their entry requirements.

Travel: Are neighbouring countries still open to Swiss tourists?
Good old days in Paris. Photo by AFP

Yes, people from Switzerland can still to go to France, Germany, Italy and Austria, but it is not as easy as it was before the second wave of Covid-19 swept the entire region.

Of the four states bordering Switzerland, Austria is the easiest to enter.

For the time being, it does not restrict travellers from Switzerland. The borders remain open and no quarantine or Covid test is required for Swiss residents.

Like Austria, Italy has not to date implemented any access restrictions or quarantine requirements for Switzerland. The only condition set by the Italian authorities is that each person entering the country must complete a form declaring that they have not tested positive for Covid-19. Otherwise, it is necessary to observe a 14-day quarantine. 

However, before travelling south of the border keep in mind that Italian cinemas and theaters are closed, and restaurants must stop serving their customers at 6 pm. The authorities have also imposed a night curfew from 10 pm until 5 am.

READ MORE: How will lockdowns in France and Germany affect Swiss residents? 



Since October 30th, France has been in lockdown, which will last until at least December 1st. As such, travel on French territory is prohibited, except in well-defined cases — including trips to get to work, trips to buy essential goods, or trips for compelling family reasons — and on presentation of an ‘exit certificate’.


Unlike France, Germany has not implemented a new shutdown. However, restaurants, bars and leisure facilities like theaters and cinemas are closed until December.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said last week that the country's borders with its neighbours, including Switzerland, would remain open.

Gemany already placed Switzerland on its quarantine list on October 22nd, because Swiss Covid infection rates exceed those of its neighbour.

This means that anyone who enters from Switzerland must be tested on arrival in Germany. The tested person must then quarantine until the result comes through.

But the German state of Baden-Württemberg, which borders Switzerland, exempts Swiss arrivals from quarantine, under some conditions.

For example, those crossing the border from Switzerland to visit family and friends will be permitted to do so without quarantine, provided they do not stay longer than 48 hours. 

Baden-Württemberg's authorities are also allowing residents of Appenzell, Aargau, Basel, Basel-Country, Jura, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Thurgau and Zurich to come to Germany without being tested, as long as they stay no longer than 24 hours.