UPDATE: What is the coronavirus situation in Switzerland and where are cases rising?

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UPDATE: What is the coronavirus situation in Switzerland and where are cases rising?
The number of cases is till high in Switzerland. Photo by AFP

As Christmas approaches Covid-19 infections in Switzerland remain high, particularly in certain parts of the country. Here's a look at the latest evolution of the virus spread.


Data from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) shows what the latest epidemiological situation is in various Swiss regions.

More than 4,270 cases of Covid-19 were reported in Switzerland on December 15th.

While this number is lower than it was at the end of October, when daily cases reached 10,000, the infections "are stagnating at a high level", Health Minister Alain Berset said.

The epicentre of the pandemic now lies in the eastern part of Switzerland, according to FOPH.

With over 951 cases per 100,000 residents, the canton of St. Gallen has the highest number of infections.

Next is Ticino with nearly 950 cases per 100,000, followed by Solothurn (762), Thurgau (775), Basel-Country (738), Aargau (716), and Zurich (705).

They are all above the national average of 652 cases per 100,000.

On the other hand, the French-speaking region, which at the beginning of November was among the worst-hit in Europe, is now well below the national average.


This drop in numbers is due to strict measures that all the French-language cantons implemented to curb the spread of infections.


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As far as hospitalisations go, the highest number of patients with Covid-related illnesses in the past two weeks has been in Ticino, where the rate is over 48 for 100,000.

This is the only canton whose rate of hospitalisations exceeds the national average of 49 cases per 100,000.

The lowest numbers are in Zug (2.35) Jura (2.72), and Neuchâtel (2.83).




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