Coronavirus in Switzerland: Infections slowing but deaths on the rise

Coronavirus in Switzerland: Infections slowing but deaths on the rise
A healh worker is seen at the emergency care unit for patients infected with Covid-19 at the hospital of La-Chaux-de-Fonds. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
Coronavirus figures for the past week brought bittersweet news in Switzerland’s continuing battle against the pandemic.

On Thursday morning, Switzerland ended its 45th week in the battle of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The number of new coronavirus cases fell by eight percent compared to Wednesday, bucking the trend of increasing numbers over recent weeks. 

However, there was a 60 percent week on week increase in deaths associated with the pandemic. 

Intensive care numbers are also on the rise with a 67 percent increase compared to the previous week. A total of 409 patients are currently being treated in intensive care in Switzerland. 

MAP: Just how full are Switzerland's intensive care units in each canton? 

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) also reminded the public that confirmed case numbers do not provide a full illustration of how the virus is spreading throughout the community. 

“Declining case numbers in the last week may not reflect the real development,” the FOPH said on Thursday. 

Deaths continue to climb

As of Thursday, 442 deaths have been recorded this week – up by 60 percent on last week. 

Worryingly, more deaths reports are expected as the figures are not yet finalised. 

With more than 100 deaths recorded on Wednesday – the first time more than 100 have been recorded in a day – and another 94 on Thursday, there are already 442 deaths this week. 

 


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