Google employee in Zurich tests positive for coronavirus

A Zurich employee of the US tech giant Google has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the company confirmed on Friday.

Google employee in Zurich tests positive for coronavirus
The employee was based at Google's offices in Zurich. Photo: Google Maps
“They were in the Zurich office for a limited time, before they had any symptoms,” a Google spokesperson said. “We have taken, and will continue to take, all necessary precautionary measures, following the advice of public health officials, as we prioritise everyone's health and safety.”
The company said that it had no plans to close the office or quarantine all of its staff.  “The Zurich office, like all other offices, remains open”, the spokesperson said.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Switzerland has risen to 15, and more than 100 people are in quarantine, government minister Alain Berset said on Friday. 
Switzerland's federal government has invoked special powers which allows it to take decisions on measures that are normally the responsibility of the country's cantons, and banned all events involving more than 1,000 people.
This has meant football matches, carnival celebrations, concerts and the Geneva International Motor Show have all been put on hold. 
In a statement announcing the move, the government conceded it would “have a significant impact on public life in Switzerland”, but added that “it should prevent or delay the spread of the disease, thus reducing its momentum”.

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Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic.