Swiss authorities call on ‘anyone with experience’ to join healthcare sector as death toll reaches 300

Swiss authorities call on ‘anyone with experience’ to join healthcare sector as death toll reaches 300
Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
Healthcare authorities in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino have called upon anyone in the canton with medical training to join the healthcare sector. The plea comes as the number of deaths in Switzerland reached 300 on Sunday.

Ticino, which borders Italy, is the heaviest hit of Switzerland’s 26 cantons, with 93 of the country’s 300 deaths, despite having just four percent of the country's population. 

Switzerland recorded 29 new deaths from Saturday to Sunday, a slight decrease from the 34 recorded from Friday to Saturday. 

There are now almost 15,000 confirmed cases across Switzerland. 

On Sunday, the Ticino crisis team said that extra assistance was necessary in order to fight the effects of the virus in the canton. 

Cantonal authorities called for anyone who lived in the canton and had medical experience – but did not currently work in the health sector – to register to work in the Ticino healthcare sector. 

The canton set up a website which will be available from Sunday onwards on which people can register. 

The appeal is open to doctors or people with a background in the nursing sector but who are currently not working in healthcare. 

Stay at home – Ticino will be here waiting for you

On Monday, March 23rd, Ticino put out a video targeted at tourists telling them to stay home and postpone their trips to the region. 

Narrated in English, the video is titled 'Stay home – Ticino will be here waiting for you'. 


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