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.