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

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.

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

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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‘Over a million people’ in Switzerland could be infected with Covid this summer

Though Covid has not been a nationwide problem in Switzerland during recent several months, the virus is circulating again and rates of contamination are expected to soar in the coming weeks.

'Over a million people' in Switzerland could be infected with Covid this summer

While the new wave has not been expected to hit before fall or winter,  Swiss health officials now say 15 percent of Swiss population — more than 1 million people — could catch the virus before then.

This is a large number, considering that a total of 3.7 million people in Switzerland got infected since the beginning of the pandemic on February 24th, 2020.

“More than 80,000 new contaminations per week” are expected in the next two months, according to Tanja Stadler, the former head of the Covid-19 Task Force — much more than during the past two summers, when the rate of infections slowed down.

At the moment, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) reports 24,704 new cases in the past seven days — double of what it was in April.

“The numbers are expected to continue to rise. Note that most of infected people will not be tested, so the number of confirmed cases will be smaller on paper than in reality”, Stadler added.

Although according to FOPH, nearly all cases in Switzerland (99 percent) are caused by Omicron and its sub-variants, which are less severe that the original Covid viruses, “more vulnerable people are likely to end up in hospital, and long Covid cases are also likely to rise”, she said.

Stadler also noted that Omicron virus can’t be compared with the flu, “because we observe long-term consequences much more often during an infection with Omicron than during the flu. Also, Covid can trigger very large waves, even in summer, while large flu outbreaks are rare at this time of year”.

There is, however, some positive news.

“The most recent data shows that 97 percent of the adult population in Switzerland has antibodies against Covid thanks to vaccinations and previous infections”, Stadler said.

Also, “in the long term, things will stabilise. But in the years to come, there will probably be waves in the summer too”.

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