Coronavirus: Swiss canton Ticino reports no new fatalities or infections for first time since February

Coronavirus: Swiss canton Ticino reports no new fatalities or infections for first time since February
People walk through a square in Lugano, Ticino. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
The southern Swiss canton of Ticino reported no new fatalities or infections on Tuesday, marking the first time in almost three months that the tally didn’t climb higher.

As reported in Ticino News on Tuesday morning, the impact of the lockdowns have been seen in Ticino. 

The first positive test in Switzerland came from the canton of Ticino on February 25th – a man who had visited the Milan area previously. 

Since that time, the amount of confirmed infections has risen significantly and is currently at 3,268. 

The canton, which shares a border with northern Italy, has been Switzerland’s hardest hit with the virus. There have been 340 fatalities in the canton, around a fifth of Switzerland’s total of 1833 – despite only having four percent of the Swiss population. 

While Geneva has a higher per capita confirmed infection rate, the real infection rate in Ticino is expected to be much higher than the official rate of 3,268 due to a comparative lack of testing. 

READ: What is the real count of coronavirus infections in Switzerland? 

The figures come as Switzerland has undergone a relaxation of its coronavirus lockdown, with the second phase taking place on May 11th. 

The initial relaxation of the lockdown was delayed in Ticino – the only state which was granted an exemption from the federal government to do so. 

READ: Switzerland rolls back coronavirus lockdown earlier than expected: What you need to know 

 


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