Covid spreads among Switzerland’s youth as vaccination impact becomes clearer

Covid spreads among Switzerland's youth as vaccination impact becomes clearer
More Covid-related hospitlisations have been reported in the past week. Photo by Fabrioce Coffrini / AFP
The weekly report released by Swiss health authorities on Thursday shows that the number of cases has dropped slightly but there have been more Covid-related deaths. Infections are now far more common among younger people.

During the week of March 29th to April 4th, 12,284 laboratory-confirmed cases were reported, against 12,555 the previous week, according to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

This represents 2.2 percent fewer infections than the week before, with the current incidence of 142.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Of the 8,016 samples analysed, 96 percent were identified as one of the mutations of the virus, predominantly the British variant.  

As the colour-coordinated map below shows, by far the most cases  (817,37 /100,000) were found in Uri.

It is important to note that the increase in the number of detected cases over the past month may be due at least partly to more frequent and widespread testing.

The proportion of tests carried out during this period rose by 8.7 percent.

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Regarding the age groups, young people between 10 and 29 years were the most affected.

However, those over 70 were the least impacted, possibly thanks to increasing rates of vaccination among the elderly, FOPH said.

More hospital stays and deaths

Last week, 373 people were hospitalised due to Covid, against 329 the previous week. The number of Covid-19 patients admitted to intensive care (171) remained stable.

There has been an increase, from 48 to 60, in the coronavirus-related deaths. Zurich recorded the most deaths (12), followed by the cantons of Vaud and Aargau (8).

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