Coronavirus deaths in Switzerland approach 700 one month after first death reported

Coronavirus deaths in Switzerland approach 700 one month after first death reported
An empty terminal in Geneva airport. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
One month after the first death in Switzerland from the coronavirus, the death toll has now reached 680.

As at Sunday, April 5th, Switzerland's officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 crossed the 21,000 mark. 

There are now 21,100 cases, with an increase of 822 from Saturday to Sunday. 

An increase of 43 deaths saw the total rise to 680, according to cantonal figures released at noon on Sunday. 

The first recorded death from the virus took place one month ago on March 5th. 

This also makes the small Alpine country of 8.5 million people one of the hardest-hit by the pandemic compared to its population size.

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Vaud, Geneva and Ticino hardest hit by the virus

The canton of Ticino, which borders hard-hit northern Italy, has been heavily impacted by the outbreak, counting more than 2,500 cases. 

There are now 177 deaths in the canton, an increase of 22 from Saturday to Sunday. 

This means that Ticino has just under one third of the country's total death toll, despite having just four percent of the population. 

The western cantons of Vaud and Geneva have the most infections of any Swiss canton, with 3,900 and 3,200 respectively – approximately a third of the country's total cases.

In total, 123 people have died in Vaud – an increase of 16 from Saturday to Sunday – and 78 in Geneva due to the virus. 

Zurich, Switzerland's largest canton, has also been heavily hit from the virus. There are 2,500 confirmed cases and 41 deaths in Zurich. 

There have now been coronavirus-related fatalities in 22 of Switzerland's 26 cantons. 

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