Coronavirus: New figures show Switzerland flattening the infection curve

Coronavirus: New figures show Switzerland flattening the infection curve
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For three days in a row, fewer new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Switzerland. Despite welcoming the news, Swiss politicians have however remained cautious.

Wednesday, April 8th, was the third day in a row where the number of new coronavirus cases was below 600. 

UPDATE: What you need to know about the coronavirus crisis in Switzerland 

There were 547 new cases on Wednesday, with 590 on Tuesday and 552 on Monday. 

 

 

From the 19th of March until the 2nd of April, Switzerland averaged 1,000 new cases of coronavirus per day. 

The figures indicate that the measures put in place by the Swiss government regarding coronavirus have had a positive effect.

On Friday, March 20th, Switzerland put in place a range of restrictions, with bars and restaurants closing and groups of more than five people banned from leaving the house under threat of CHF100 fines. 

‘Far from being solved’

Swiss authorities have however been reluctant to say that the battle was being won. Daniel Koch, of the Federal Office of Public Health, said on Tuesday that “the problem is still far from being solved”. 

Koch said Switzerland was “at best halfway through” the coronavirus battle

“We are already thinking about easing the measures, however there are different steps that can be taken. 

“First of all, we need to think about new infections… Then there are hospital admissions. Here too, regional diversity must be taken into account.”

Despite the current end date for the coronavirus measures being April 19th, the government indicated that the measures were likely to stay in place longer – particularly if they can be shown to be working, as the recent figures indicate. 


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