'Worry is the word of the hour': Switzerland doubles its highest total of new coronavirus cases
Switzerland on Wednesday recorded its highest ever total of new infections, double the highest that was recorded during the peak of the pandemic in March before there was widespread testing.
A total of 2,823 cases were recorded in the 24 hours to Wednesday by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health.
This is almost double the highest total recorded so far in Switzerland over a 24-hour period, 1,464 new infections recorded on March 23rd.
With 20,704 tests carried out, the test positivity rate is 13.6 percent.
The total represented four percent of the total infections recorded in the canton since the pandemic began, Switzerland’s 20 Minutes reported on Wednesday.
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On Thursday, Switzerland will hold a ‘crisis summit’ to discuss ways to prevent a second lockdown.
‘Worry. That’s the word of the hour’
Lukas Engelberger, President of the Conference of Health Directorates, told Swiss radio that concern was rising about the increase in cases.
“Worry. That’s the word of the hour,” he said.
"It is possible that the situation has given us too much confidence."
Engelberger called upon Swiss residents to wear masks and respect social distancing in order to stop the spread of the virus.