Switzerland: Coronavirus deaths top 1,000 despite ‘flattening of the curve’

Switzerland: Coronavirus deaths top 1,000 despite ‘flattening of the curve’
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There have now been more than 1,000 deaths in Switzerland from the coronavirus, while the number of infections across the country is approaching 25,000.

Although the numbers continue to climb, Swiss authorities are cautiously optimistic as new infections are being detected at a slower rate than at any time since the outbreak began. 

There have now been 24,900 positive tests in Switzerland, with 592 new cases detected from Friday to Saturday. 

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The numbers of new confirmed cases have now not risen above 800 for more than a week, a significant drop after they averaged 1,000 for almost two weeks previously. 

Federal Office of Public Health spokesperson Daniel Koch said the government was cautiously welcoming of the news. 

“We still have between 500 and 700 new cases in the last few days, so the trend is still slightly decreasing, that's the good news.”

Koch urged the public to follow the lockdown rules so that infection rates would continue to fall. 

“That's why it really is the case that everyone has to keep trying and follow the recommended measures so that we can get into a more normal situation sometime in the near future.”

“Things are looking good at the moment. But it is surely too early to say that everything is over.”

“We still have a long way to go. It is important that people know that if we persevere now, it is going in the right direction

Deaths climb above 1,000

There have now been 1,011 deaths in Switzerland due to the coronavirus. 

According to official federal information, more than 190,000 people have now been tested for the virus in Switzerland – meaning that around 15 percent of tests produce a positive result. 

Although Switzerland does not federally measure the number of people who have healed from the virus, cantonal figures put the amount at more than 11,000. 

 


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