The Swiss government has called a ‘crisis meeting’ to determine how a second lockdown can be avoided.
President Simonetta Sommaruga, Health Minister Alain Berset, Economics Minister Guy Parmelin, President of the Conference of the Cantonal Governments Christian Rathgeb, Lukas Engelberger and Christoph Brutschin, top health and economics directors, will attend the meeting.
In calling for the 'crisis summit', Sommaruga is hoping to avoid an economically and socially destructive second lockdown, reports Swiss tabloid Blick.
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According to Blick, the government believes that if numbers continue on their present trajectory, “a new lockdown becomes increasingly likely”.
On Tuesday October 13th, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) detected a total of 1,445 new cases over the past 24 hours.
Perhaps most concerning for the government was the increases in hospital admissions, with 70 across the past 24 hours.
While higher case numbers can at least in part be due to more extensive testing, increases in hospitalisation can lead to overflows and higher death rates.
At a press conference on Monday, Swiss Health Minister said he was “indeed worried” about the situation, whic was “critical, but under control”.
“The most important thing is to be careful, to keep your distance and to wear masks,” he said .
Despite the rates, measures have been applied inconsistently across Switzerland. Around half of all cantons do not require masks in shops or supermarkets.
The meeting is set to take place in Bern on Thursday.