On Tuesday, May 5th, there were a total of 28 new infections in Switzerland. It marks the first time that fewer than 50 new infections have been recorded in total across the country since March 5th, while it is the lowest daily total since March 4th.
— BAG – OFSP – UFSP (@BAG_OFSP_UFSP) May 5, 2020
There were 76 infections recorded by the Federal Office of Public Health from Sunday to Monday, compared with 76 from Saturday to Sunday.
In addition, new figures from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office have shown declining mortality in all but one region across the country.
Looking at figures from late April, the Federal Stats Office compared usual mortality rates for over 65s to those this year.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus and difficulties testing the deceased, this has been considered a helpful metric in determining the true impact of the virus – while also providing a base of comparison with other illnesses such as the seasonal flu.
In Switzerland’s seven major regions, the death rates were within the annual projections for this time of year in all but two: the Lake Geneva and Ticino regions.
Although the rates were higher than the yearly average in these two regions, the data showed they were decreasing.
Experts have greeted the news as a sign the country’s lockdown measures have been working, although they have indicated the country must proceed with caution in winding back lockdown restrictions.
International Hand Washing Day
Tuesday was also International Hand Washing Day, with FOPH spokesman Daniel Koch releasing a video in English while challenging several others to follow suit.
Today is #WorldHandHygieneDay. @DidierPittet nominated @alain_berset and me for the #SafeHandsChallenge. #HandHygiene is more important than ever. I nominate #StefanKuster @BAG_OFSP_UFSP , @ThomasSuessli, #MatthiasRemund @EHSM_Magglingen and @SandroBrotz. #CoronaInfoCH pic.twitter.com/swanR30mOP
— EDI · DFI (@EDI_DFI) May 5, 2020
Alongside Health Minister Alain Berset, Koch has been at the forefront of Switzerland’s daily press briefings on the battle against the coronavirus.