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Covid-19 update: The stats that show Switzerland is winning the pandemic battle

Covid-19 update: The stats that show Switzerland is winning the pandemic battle
People walk through the park in Geneva. In Switzerland, the coronavirus situation is improving despite the recent openings. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
The rate of infections, deaths and hospitalisations in Switzerland has dropped in the past two weeks, health authorities report. This is the situation right now.

Contrary to dire warnings issued by the Covid-19 Task Force two weeks ago predicting up to 10,000 new daily infections in Switzerland, the epidemiological situation has been improving.

R-rate

Health experts have said the R-rate number, which indicates how quickly the virus is spreading throughout the country, must fall below 1, where it remained for weeks.

Currently though, it stands at 0.89 and as long as it doesn’t exceed 1 again, it means the situation on the pandemic front is improving.

This chart from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) shows how the R-rate has dropped since February.

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Infection rate

Overall, the infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants went down from 538.88 a month ago to 218.55 in the past 14 days, according to the FOPH.

Officials said that as long as the rate per 100,000 is below the 350 mark, the situation is considered good. If it goes over that number, new restrictions may have to be implemented.

Hospitalisations

Some 136 Covid patients are in Swiss hospitals right now, which amounts to 21 percent occupancy rate.

The FOPH set 25 percent occupancy rate as the threshold which indicates that coronavirus situation in hospitals is worsening.

The darkest colour on this chart shows how hospitalisations of coronavirus patients have decreased in the past month.

Deaths

The coronavirus-related death rate has also dropped from 2.14 cases per 100,000 a month ago to 0,87 /100,000 in the past 14 days.

Some cantons, like Jura, Schaffhausen, Obwalden, and the two Appenzells, had no deaths during this period.

As you can see from the chart below, deaths from Covid have declined in nearly all age groups in the past two weeks.

Vaccinations

The improved situation is due to the vaccination campaign, officials said.

To date, nearly 1.2 million people in Switzerland — about 15 percent of the population — have received both doses of the vaccine, putting Switzerland in the fourth place in Europe for the percentage of immunised people, ahead of its neighbours France and Austria.

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