Dozens quarantined after coronavirus outbreak in Neuchâtel creche

Staff and children from a creche in Neuchâtel have been placed under lockdown after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

Dozens quarantined after coronavirus outbreak in Neuchâtel creche
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After the positive case was detected on Monday, the creche in Fontainemelon was closed and around 50 children as well as a dozen adults were told to quarantine.

In total, three people are in solitary confinement and around 80 people are in quarantine. 

Cantonal doctor Claude-François Robert said that the measure was necessary in order to deal with “sporadic outbreaks of the virus”. 

READ: Everything you need to know about Switzerland's new quarantine requirement

The employee felt symptoms of the virus last week before receiving the positive diagnosis on Monday. 

Similar measures have become more widespread in Switzerland in recent days, however this is the first such incident in a creche. 

The majority have taken place after potential contaminations in nightclubs, primarily in Zurich and Solothurn. 

READ: With more coronavirus outbreaks, did Switzerland reopen nightclubs too soon?

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Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

Switzerland’s tax deadline is just around the corner. Are Covid-related costs tax deductible?

Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

March 31st is the deadline for filing taxes in Switzerland relating to the 2021 financial year. 

Over the past two years, the Covid pandemic has seen a change in our spending habits. 

While we may have saved on restaurants and travel, we laid out considerable costs on a range of new expenses, including disinfectant, masks and Covid tests. 

As some of these costs are required by law, can they be deducted from your tax?

In some cases, expenses directly related to the Covid pandemic can be deducted. 

Masks, for instance, can be deducted as medical expenses in some cantons, Swiss tax specialist Markus Stoll told 20 Minutes

This depends on the specific framework for tax deductions related to medical expenses in that canton. 

EXPLAINED: What can I deduct from my tax bill in Switzerland?

Generally speaking, any medical costs paid out of pocket can be deducted. However, most cantons impose a minimum percentage limit from which these costs can be deducted. 

In many cantons, this will start at five percent of your yearly income in total (i.e. including other out-of-pocket costs like dental or specialist visits), meaning you would need to purchase a significant amount of masks to beat the threshold. 

What about testing and vaccination?

Testing and vaccinations however were largely free as their costs were covered by the Swiss government, which means associated expenses cannot be deducted. 

Those tests which were not covered by the government – for instance for travel abroad or for visiting clubs – cannot be deducted, Stoll says. 

“Tests for travel abroad or to visit clubs are not deductible” Stoll said. 

For a complete overview of taxation in Switzerland, including several specific guides, please check out our tax-specific page here.