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When will the coronavirus peak in Switzerland?

The Swiss government believes that the peak of the coronavirus crisis is likely to be in the early stages of summer.

When will the coronavirus peak in Switzerland?
Photo: SALVATORE DI NOLFI / POOL / AFP

In a press conference, the boss of the Swiss communicable diseases division Daniel Koch said that while he was reluctant to make a forecast considering the unpredictable nature of the virus, it was likely to peak in the early stages of summer. 

“I don’t dare to make a forecast. But we are assuming that the current wave will be over sometime in early summer.”

Interior Minister Alain Berset said during the press conference that even a decrease in the daily number of confirmed infections would not signal the end of the crisis – nor the measures put in place to mitigate its spread. 

Berset said that vulnerable groups in the population remained at risk even if the number of infections started to subside, meaning that measures would need to stay in place.

He warned the Swiss public that they would need to be patient and resist the temptation to break social distancing measures as the weather starts to improve.  

“We need to stand together and we need to persevere.”

“I say this especially as we know we will soon be in early April – and the weather will be nice and you will want to be outside.

“But this year April will be a different kind of April than in previous years.”

Summer starts in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20th – just under 12 weeks away. 

The number of confirmed infections has accelerated in Switzerland since the first case was confirmed in Ticino on February 25th. 

As at Wednesday evening, April 1st, there are currently 17,785 confirmed cases on the basis of reporting from the cantons. 

The first death from the virus took place on March 5th. As at April 1st, there are 488 dead in Switzerland. 

 

Member comments

  1. The title says “The Swiss government believes that the peak of the coronavirus crisis is likely to be in the early stages of summer.” and the text says “we are assuming that the current wave will be over sometime in early summer”.
    “Peak” vs. “Over” early summer, which one is correct?

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TAXES

Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

Switzerland’s tax deadline is just around the corner. Are Covid-related costs tax deductible?

Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

March 31st is the deadline for filing taxes in Switzerland relating to the 2021 financial year. 

Over the past two years, the Covid pandemic has seen a change in our spending habits. 

While we may have saved on restaurants and travel, we laid out considerable costs on a range of new expenses, including disinfectant, masks and Covid tests. 

As some of these costs are required by law, can they be deducted from your tax?

In some cases, expenses directly related to the Covid pandemic can be deducted. 

Masks, for instance, can be deducted as medical expenses in some cantons, Swiss tax specialist Markus Stoll told 20 Minutes

This depends on the specific framework for tax deductions related to medical expenses in that canton. 

EXPLAINED: What can I deduct from my tax bill in Switzerland?

Generally speaking, any medical costs paid out of pocket can be deducted. However, most cantons impose a minimum percentage limit from which these costs can be deducted. 

In many cantons, this will start at five percent of your yearly income in total (i.e. including other out-of-pocket costs like dental or specialist visits), meaning you would need to purchase a significant amount of masks to beat the threshold. 

What about testing and vaccination?

Testing and vaccinations however were largely free as their costs were covered by the Swiss government, which means associated expenses cannot be deducted. 

Those tests which were not covered by the government – for instance for travel abroad or for visiting clubs – cannot be deducted, Stoll says. 

“Tests for travel abroad or to visit clubs are not deductible” Stoll said. 

For a complete overview of taxation in Switzerland, including several specific guides, please check out our tax-specific page here. 

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