Deaths in Switzerland continue to climb as country sees biggest increase in coronavirus infections yet

Deaths in Switzerland continue to climb as country sees biggest increase in coronavirus infections yet
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A total of 1,383 additional cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Switzerland on Saturday, while the nation’s death toll is fast approaching 250.

In the 24 hours to Saturday, 45 additional deaths from the virus were recorded – the highest single-day rise since the outbreak began. 

The total deaths recorded from the virus in Switzerland now stands at 243. The heaviest hit canton is Ticino, making up 76 – or roughly one third – of the nation’s total death toll. An additional 11 died overnight from Friday to Saturday. 

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There have now been 13,440 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Switzerland. The 1,383 detected in the 24 hours to Saturday is the highest single-day total in Switzerland since the outbreak started. 

With the total decreasing across the three previous days, some had hoped that the continual decline indicated the country’s restrictive measures were working. 

While Ticino has the highest number of deaths from the virus, the most positive cases have been recorded in Vaud (2,532) followed by Geneva. 


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