IN PICTURES: One year of coronavirus in Switzerland

IN PICTURES: One year of coronavirus in Switzerland
A man wearing protective face masks holds toilet paper in the street in Bern, Switzerland. Image: STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP
From toilet paper hoarding to mask hysteria, here are some memorable images from Switzerland’s first year of living with Corona. 

On February 25th, 2020, the first case of coronavirus was detected in Switzerland. One year later, Switzerland – and indeed the world – has changed immeasurably. 

One-year anniversary: What has changed in Switzerland since the first Covid-19 case was detected?

Here are some images which sum up one year of the pandemic in Switzerland. 

A queue of people in Geneva on the last shopping day before Switzerland went back into lockdown in January 2021. The sign, in French, says “Wear a mask. Everyone. Really” Image: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
A queue of people in Geneva on the last shopping day before Switzerland went back into lockdown in January 2021. The sign, in French, says “Wear a mask. Everyone. Really” Image: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

People bathe in Lake Geneva on New Year’s Day. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
A skier in a mask walking through the Swiss town of Verbier in December 2020. Around 300 British tourists who had been forced to quarantine went missing in late December. The escape led to a spread of the British virus mutation throughout Switzerland and eventually Europe, critics argue. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
A spectator wearing a protective face mask uses his smartphone during the Swiss National League ice hockey match between Lausanne HC and SCL Tigers in Lausanne on October 1, 2020. Switzerland allowed 1,000 people to attend events from October onwards, before quickly backtracking as a second wave of the virus swept across Europe and the world. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
A spectator wearing a protective face mask uses his smartphone during the Swiss National League ice hockey match between Lausanne HC and SCL Tigers in Lausanne on October 1, 2020. Switzerland allowed 1,000 people to attend events from October onwards, before quickly backtracking as a second wave of the virus swept across Europe and the world. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
A demonstrator wave a Swiss national flag during a protest against coronavirus measures in Geneva. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
A demonstrator wave a Swiss national flag during a protest against coronavirus measures in Geneva. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
Switzerland installed plexiglas boxes in parliament to protect politicians when sessions resumed in autumn of 2020. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
Switzerland installed plexiglas boxes in parliament to protect politicians when sessions resumed in autumn of 2020. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
Months after saying masks were not necessary to prevent transmission of the virus, Switzerland relented by putting in place a mask requirement in July of 2020. Switzerland was the last of its neighbours to do so. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
Months after saying masks were not necessary to prevent transmission of the virus, Switzerland relented by putting in place a mask requirement in July of 2020. Switzerland was the last of its neighbours to do so. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
Chocolate bunnies complete with face masks in Easter of 2020. STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP
Chocolate bunnies complete with face masks in Easter of 2020. STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP


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