Coronavirus cases top 7,000 in Switzerland

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Coronavirus cases top 7,000 in Switzerland
Ski gondolas used as sidewalk cafe pods are seen in front of a closed restaurant amid the spread of the COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus, in Lausanne on March 21, 2020. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI

Confirmed cases of coronavirus rose above 7,000 on Sunday, with Switzerland having the second-highest rate of infections per capita after Italy.


There were 901 new confirmed cases announced on Sunday morning, bringing the total to 7,014. 

In total, 60 people have died in Switzerland due to the virus, an increase of four from Saturday. 

UPDATE: What you need to know about the coronavirus crisis in Switzerland 

Per capita

Switzerland now has the second-highest infection rate per capita of any country in the world, after Italy. 

The canton of Ticino has 283.5 cases per 100,000 people, followed by the western canton of Vaud (205.8) and the City of Basel (203.8 per 100,000). 

The virus has been detected in each of Switzerland’s 26 cantons. On Saturday, the virus claimed its first victims in the cantons of Lucerne and Appenzell Ausserrhoden. 





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