April 2020 Covid-19 Coronavirus Zurich Switzerland In English

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April 2020 Zurich Switzerland covid-19 coronavirus Federal and local updates

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Week 1 - Wednesday April 1st

01.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 20,120 ( +1015 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 91 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 2794
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 56
  • Total number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 532
 
For more information: 

01.04.2020 – Press conference – Federal Councilors Karin Keller-Sutter and Guy Parmelin give an update on the government’s strategy. Daniel Koch also in attendance. 

Financial aid flowing for many but not for the 270,000 self-employed

Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin confirmed the issuance of CHF 10.6 billion francs in loans given out easily and without too much bureaucratic hinderance. Federal aid is to be expanded in the future as it is planned to look at the situation for affected sectors such as the travel industry,

He reject the idea of grants or other non-repayable compensation for companies. 

“We are in a crisis,” says Parmelin. He speaks of a flood of requests for help. Not everyone could be helped immediately. Especially the self-employed who are not entitled to compensation who face problems. The Federal Council is investigating this problem and will update all later. 

Asylum seekers in Switzerland

Federal Councilor Karin Keller-Sutter commented on the asylum seeker system and process which would continue and not be suspended. The issues would be difficult to cope with and the public health guidelines issued by the Department for Public Health (BAG) could not be complied with or followed.

She confirmed that there are currently less people seeking to enter Switzerland, the border controls are one reason. Mothballed centers are have been reactivated in order to create more space and to comply with the BAG’s social distancing and accommodation rules. There are currently over 4,000 beds which is almost twice as many as normal. Any asylum seeker at risk or who is a suspected case are housed separately with those who tested positive and who are infected being isolated. 

Tracing App

Daniel Koch commented on a contact tracing app which is being developed at a European level and by the EEC. The app is currently being tested and more will be advised in the future once the test, its results and the related data can be read.

Swiss Abroad / entry to Switzerland clarification

In response to a question regarding the Swiss-abroad or those needing to return because of circumstances Karin Keller-Sutter advised that it is possible and used examples such as to visit sick relatives, respond to subpoenas. Shopping tourism and being bored and needing a change of scenery were not she said grounds for approval to leave or re-enter the country.

Humanitarian Aid 

She also confirmed that Switzerland was continuing to provide humanitarian aid despite the difficult international transportation situation. There are cases where agreements are in place such as Greece to take-over responsibility for those seeking asylum from a camp or to repatriate them to join a family member already here in Switzerland. Karin Keller-Sutter confirmed that the SEM is currently working on solving these problems and the people involved are being looked after in-country until action can be taken. This includes continuing to support the specialists who work there and the maintenance of communications with various governments. 

Food supply management – maintain stock levels and prevent waste

The Federal Council decided address the issues created by the corona crisis and its impact upon domestic food supply. Food import rules were to be made more flexible and less restrictive to help retailers and suppliers of food products manufacturing in Switzerland. 

To meet the demand for eggs and butter, the Federal Council has increased the volume tariff quotas. This would make it easier to source eggs and butter from abroad. 

In order to stabilise the meat market and to avoid shortages, the Federal Council is investing three million francs in cold and controlled storage. Meat such as veal, goat and prime pieces of beef such as fillet steak can then be stored. This avoids wastage because these meat types are usually consumed primarily in restaurants and therefore not in demand at the non-corona time levels.

Short-time work confirmed as being very effective

The Federal Council wants to provide as many funds as possible through this facility which is a commonly used instrument to support employment. Guy Parmelin confirmed its main objective was to enable companies to keep their employees and their skills during the crisis. The companies can them normalise their business operations quickly without too much disruption or needing to hire and train new staff. 

 Swiss-Germans run to their second homes in the mountains

Karin Keller-Sutter asked the population to stay at their primary home. “It’s a question of solidarity that you can’t take advantage of everything,” she says. “If we stick to the measures, the crisis will pass faster.”

The rule also applies to the Easter weekend: stay at home.

A journalist had asked if communities who would face this influx of “foreigners” from zurich and elsewhere could do anything about these second home owners spreading the virus amongst them. She replied, no because owners can do what they want with their property. It is a question of personal responsibility.

02.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus Positive Test and Death Numbers in Switzerland and Zurich

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland   02.4.2020, 08:00:

  • Number of cases Tested positive: 20,998 ( +878 )
  • Number of cases Tested positive in canton of Zurich: 1720 
  • Total number who have died in Switzerland: 592 ( +60 )
  • Number who have died in the canton of Zurich: 36
    • (aged 65, 70, 74, 75, 75, 77, 78, 78, 78, 80, 80, 80, 80, 80, 82, 82, 82, 83, 84, 85, 85, 85, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 89, 90, 91, 92, 94, 96, 96, 97, 97)
Zurich – 200 people who tested positive are undergoing hospital treatment, 53 of whom are receiving artificial respiration. 
  
Sources: 

02.04.2020 – Federal media conference – with eight experts 

The following specialists and federal representatives attended:

  • Susanne Kuster, Deputy Director of the Federal Office of Justice.
  • Stefan Blättler, President of the Conference of Cantonal Police Directors. 
  • Hans-Peter Lenz, Head of Crisis Management Center, EDA.
  • Raynald Droz, Brigadier, chief of staff command operations DDPS.
  • Eric Scheidegger, head of SECO’s Directorate for Economic Policy.
  • Daniel Bach, Head of Information and Communication SEM.
  • Daniel Koch, Head of Communicable Diseases Department BAG, EDI.
  • Matthias Egger, President of National COVID-19 Science Task Force

Scientific Work For COVID-19

Matthias Egger, President of National COVID-19 Science Task Force, said on the topic of research into the virus:

“Many scientists are very concerned about Covid-19. Everyone wants to do their part. A task force was set up to pool the experience and research. This task force is available to the Confederation and the cantons. They want to promote research and implement measures. There are nine different groups in the task force each with a specific area of work and responsibility. It is important that they collaborate if the impact of coronavirus is to be understood and a vaccine found.”

He added that the role of the science team is not to control people, that is what the BAG does with their policies and measures. Their role is to work with the COVID-19  task force and be supportive and constructive with good scientific advice or proposals and models.

Limited debt protection and legal status

Susanne Kuster, asked the audience, how can the judiciary be maintained? How can legal proceedings be carried out?

She said that the regular court holidays were brought forward and extended. This suspended some court cases and the courts took advantage of this breather in their hearings schedule to prepare themselves. Legal cases, rulings, judgements and tribunal cases would be held by video link. This enables the judiciary to continue its core tasks.

It does mean as well that there is a legal standstill in debt enforcement and this is in part to give financially stricken companies a chance to get organised, have possible support and take time before filing for bankruptcy in a slower way. No debt enforcement can be initiated during the period the federal advisory is active on this measure.

Police preparedness for stay at home policing and enforcement of the rules 

Stefan Blättler confirmed the police were ready and all canton and city forces were prepared for the task ahead. He talked of the importance of a police presence on foot in the streets and to be visible and in contact with as much of the Swiss population as possible. Most people have some understanding of what measures are in place and of the effects or danger of the virus.

He re-iterated that compliance with the rules is essential for survival. Everyone must recognize the seriousness of the situation. The rules must be observed even when the weather is fine. 

We have to use common sense. The spring weather seems to make the situation less dangerous. He made a special appeal to youths to respect the rules and asked them to show a sense of responsibility whilst reminding the older population they had to take special measures, ending his appeal with “let’s temporarily forego some freedom!”

He confirmed the police presence will increase in the next few days, more police officers will be on duty during the holiday period to ensure the security of all residents in Switzerland.

He requested people avoid unnecessary trips. He confirmed that Ticino in particular is a worry and that the Easter traffic in the Gotthard could be a problem.

“Stay at home, don’t go to Ticino. It is not the time to enjoy the special appeal of Ticono, nor of other regions. Do not be a burden on the infrastructure in any way, especially the hospital sector. Exercise restraint, you can do your part by not taking risks and helping us all.”

Question about contact tracing app status was given to both Egger and Koch

Egger: This app is a pan-European project, to track who was with who and how many people have been close to a person. It is a Bluetooth system and the downloading of the app is voluntary.Switching on Bluetooth is also voluntary and we are not close technically and there are data protection issues.

Koch: We are awaiting results of use and responses to points raised we want to clarify. today we can say little on the app and its potential.

Journalist question about Ticino at Easter – Are you controlling traffic at the Gotthard?

Blättler:  We appeal to common sense. There is no foreign traffic and we ask the Swiss to stay at home. The campsites in Ticino are all closed. There are police controls on the Gotthard and San Bernardino tunnels. The roads and passes remain open, there is no ban on going to Ticino, it was just an appeal. We will stop cars and advise the drivers of the need to exercise the latest measures and make drivers aware of the latest health regulations. Will some drivers not proceed and go back, some may, some may not.

Journalist question on border patrols

Raynald Droz, Brigadier, chief of staff command operations DDPS.

“Today the border is patrolled by helicopter and by the military as needed. We have a drone system, but we don’t know if it will be used at this time.”

Journalist asks if the Task Force figures are publicly available

Egger: “We regularly give you information about what we do, if we have something to say, we will make advisories or hold a press conference. I can tell you for example there are 1.2 million inquiries from around 100,000 companies for short-time work. That unemployment rose by 26,000 pand the unemployment rate is currently 2.7%.”

Journalist question about status of face masks

Koch: “The federal government and the canton of Zurich have each bought a machine that can make masks. We use 1-2 million masks a day and have between 14 and 17 million stored, but this is constantly being adjusted, it may be that it has less now. According to my information, we can produce 60,000 FFP2 masks a day.”

02.04.2020 – Covid-19 Coronavirus tests for all new Zurich canton hospital patients admitted with symptoms or not 

The Health Directorate now recommends that the hospitals in the canton of Zurich test all new hospital patients for the coronavirus, even if they do not show any symptoms.

The reason for the recommendation is the currently existing increased test capacities. This measure is intended to provide better protection for patients and employees.

So far, the health department has ordered only people with symptoms to be tested.

It was based on the test criteria of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG).

As of today, hospitals are recommended to test the newly entering inpatients for the coronavirus – SARS-CoV-2.

This applies to all Zurich acute hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and psychiatric clinics. The new test recommendations serve patient safety and are issued in particular to protect vulnerable people.

The measure also meets the needs of employees in hospitals for more security. Furthermore, the adaptation of the test criteria enables knowledge to be gained regarding the spread of the virus.

The Health Directorate in Zurich continuously assesses the situation and responds to current developments.

If the test and laboratory capacities are sufficient or can be increased further, the health department will in a next step – in close consultation with the BAG – extend the expanded test criteria to the medical profession, retirement and nursing homes as well as Spitex.

Link to Zurich Health Directorate Release in German

02.04.2020 – Viagra sold now without prescription – sold out at many pharmacies 

Switzerland – The Federal Health Authority (bag.ch) announced the relaxation of controls on the sale of Viagra and other products. Almost immediately, pharmacies enjoyed a big uptick in visits and sales, especially to those defined as “young men.”

This reflects the national import of generic drugs and “potency products” for men because they are significantly cheaper abroad than in Switzerland. Most are confiscated because the medicines are purchased in such volumes it is difficult to suggest they are for “personal use.”

Is this a coronavirus lock-down boredom issue, or simply spring coming early …. literally or some. Time will tell. 

One source confirmed the “new high” was Vodka, Red Bull and a Viagra pill – a regular practice in his group of friends.

03.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 21,926 ( +928 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 70 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 2957
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 54
  • Total number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 646
 
For more information: 

03.04.2020 – Over 85 – DNR – Do not resuscitate and no care policy if ICU overwhelmed

Because of the corona pandemic, special guidelines are currently in force in Switzerland:

If intensive care beds are no longer available, persons over 85 years of age should no longer receive intensive medical care.

Commonly known as DNR more information can be found here.

Commonly known as DNR more information can be found here.

More information on the policy discussion on SRF.ch  (German language)

04.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 22,411 ( +485 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 50 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3007
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 54
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 700
  • Number who have died in the canton of Zurich: 41
    (average aged 83.5 – see separate report for ages as new reporting style introduced today by Zurich Canton Health)
Zurich – 194 people who tested positive are undergoing hospital treatment, 59 of whom are receiving artificial respiration. 
 
For more information: 

04.04.2020 – Tessin / Ticino travel a concern our health and more

Travel into Appenzell and RV or cars with caravans or camping trailers are now a concern for the police. Restrictions will come into force for RV, caravaners and cars with camping trailers if they try to travel from Zurich to Ticino. It will be deemed “not essential” travel and drivers will be told to return home. Gotthard unlikely to be shut for Easter another problem for the police if 5000 – 7000 cars decide to pass through as the Swiss travel as usual for the holidays. Learn more on srf.ch

NZZ Zurich reports on a need for any therapy or other sessions to be done over the phone or video link between patient and specialist. No specific plans were detailed but the new policy must be adopted. 

20Minuten reports – Tour de Suisse is off, the event was due to start on June 7th in Frauenfeld. There was too much pressure on sponsors, risks for the crowd and the health of the cyclists. Rennbahn Oerlikon took an early decision in March to close until the end of May. The opening cycling will be a double 

May 26. Tuesday – Official Opening  – Season start 
May 30. Saturday – UCI Elite Men and Women – Junior / Steher / Derny

COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports together with Swisscom handing data to the Federal authorities based on your opt-in to location settings on your phone raises privacy issues in the future. 

04.04.2020 – Insta, Balcony Parties and more – it is Saturday Night!

ZURICH  – Residents of Zurich will honour the rules in many locations and hold a party on their balcony or in their garden with their neighbours doing similar. Someone plays music, you hang out on your balcony and share the experience for a few hours respecting social distance with your neighbours.

Remember to respect those who sleep earlier than you and try to keep the music low from 10pm to avoid a complaint from your neighbour. 

Unfortunately for some though, a private party is planned in the belief that no-one will know. On Friday night (3rd April) a dozen or so people got together in an apartment in Bülach, they received a visit and a fine from the Zurich cantonal police.

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05.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 22,692 ( +281 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 43 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3050
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 49
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 749
For more information: 

05.04.2020 – Hairdresser risks prison, Florist to be fined and Bookstore owner being clever

“Since the lockdown, I continue to receive my regular customers at my home,” said one hairdresser from Zurich to 20Minuten. She does not accept any new customers.There is a good reason why she needs to be careful.

She is actually acting illegally: “We follow up every hint of an offence that we hear,” says Michael Walker, media spokesman for the Zurich city police. “It is imperative that the FOPH’s instructions are followed.”

Anyone who violates federal regulations will be prosecuted, explains Dionys Widmer of the St. Gallen City Police. “Failure to follow the rules could result in up to three years in prison.” The hairdresser is not afraid of possible punishment, nor of possible contagion from Corona. “I ask my clients if they are healthy and always use disinfectants.” The customers are very grateful that she continues to come and do her hair. “I am currently receiving particularly generous tips.”

There are other hairdressers acting responsibly, in St. Gallen one hairdresser is refusing business. She received daily requests from clients who were really begging for an appointment. “One even offered me double the price. But I refused,” said Lehmann.

There are a number of home visits being made even in St Gallen and the police are slow to follow up any leads.

Florists can still deliver for Easter! 

A florist will be receiving a police notification because she was selling flowers in the front of her closed shop.  “We had a table with flowers for self-service in front of our shop,” says a florist from Zurich. The buyers put their money in a small box in front of the shop. She doesn’t know who reported her, yet she can still do home deliveries of flowers. The flowers have to be ordered by e-mail or telephone, paid for by credit card or Twint and then placed on the doorstep. 

Pick up books in front of the shop

Another loophole for bookstores like the one in the Volkshaus in Zurich. It is possible to pick up books yourself in addition to home delivery. However, customers are not allowed to enter the shop for this. The books must be ordered in advance by telephone or e-mail. As soon as the book is available, the bookstore will inform its customers. “We put the book together with a payment slip on a green table in front of the shop,” says Co-Managing Director Tommy Egger. We do this without any customer direct contact. He is fully aware of the danger of offering a selection of books in front of the shop and knew it was out of the question.

According to the BAG, the form of sale, as the bookstore in the Volkshaus does, is in order. “However, the business premises may not be entered,” says the FOPH. It is important to keep a minimum distance of two metres.

Full article in German 20minuten

06.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 23,615 ( +923 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 67 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3117
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 50
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 799
For more information: 

06.04.2020 – Potential hospital drug shortage if there is a coronavirus case surge 

Many Swiss hospitals with a large number of Covid patients are sounding the alarm: important drugs for intensive care units are becoming scarce.

Medical Director Andreas Zollinger is also concerned at the City Hospital Triemli in Zurich: “On the one hand, there are those drugs that we use specifically against the virus. And on the other hand, there are those we need to provide artificial respiration for patients. In other words, the typical anaesthetics and painkillers.”

The whole world is trying to get the same few drug products and base ingredients in the current crisis: Kaletra, for example, an HIV drug that could also help with Covid19. Or Dormicum and Propofol, both of which are important anaesthetics, for the immobilisation of intensive care unit patients on artificial respiration were quoted in the article. 

“If a drug is missing, then our range of options simply becomes smaller,” says Andreas Zollinger, who is also an intensive care physician. “Then we have to resort to the second or third best option, and we don’t want that.”

Required coronavirus surge need could be 4 to 6 times the current stock levels

Monika Schäublin from the Federal Office for National Economic Supply (BWL) noted that demand from hospitals were higher than the norm and with global supply chain issues the Federal authorities need to be involved for Zurich and the rest of Switzerland. 

The hospitals would need to move from a silo stock at each hospital to one sharing stock and distributing according to need. Until the end of April, supply is guaranteed. But Schäublin warns that the hospitals have to be prepared for changes: “

Base compounds and drug ingredients come from Asia

The majority of drugs are now manufactured in Asia or India, brand name drugs will need to be replaced with generics. A problem has arisen because these medicines are not in the compulsory Swiss country stockpile, on which  Switzerland falls back on in times of need. Why? No-one had made an assessment or recommendation to investigate the issue before today.

To read the original article in German on srf

To read  report by Reuters

Swiss cargo courtesy of Swiss World Cargo

06.04.2020 – Swiss to fly in PPE for Zurich – millions of protective clothing items 

SWISS is to perform more than ten cargo flights from China to Switzerland on behalf of the Zurich Cantonal Pharmacy. Over 35 million personal protection items for the use of healthcare personnel will be transported both in the hold and the passenger cabin.

Image credit: Swiss World Cargo

07.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 24,334 ( +719 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 55 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3172
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 53
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 832
For more information: 

07.04.2020 –  Switzerland working on scenarios for progressive confinement easing: president

LAUSANNE (Reuters) – Switzerland’s president said on Tuesday that the government was working on different scenarios for easing confinement measures in the country “when the time comes” but that the situation was “still very far from normal”.

“Various departments are working on different scenarios to ease the measures,” said Simonetta Sommaruga, adding that a decision would be made by the Federal Council when the time is right and that it would be done progressively. “We are still very far from normal,” she added.

Source:Reuters

Week 2 - Wednesday April 8th

08.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 24,945 ( +611 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 57 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3229
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 57
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 909
For more information: 

08.04.2020 – Alain Berset hints at the future 

The Federal Council are to decide to lower the measures slowly and carefully.
The council will publish more details about this and the phased return to “normality” in the coming week. On the 16th of April there will be a Council  press conference and more will be advised then.

08.04.2020 – Big Swiss festivals now cancelled 

Events and concerts are being cancelled which include the Blue Balls Festival which attracts over 100,000 visitors each summer. Names such as Liam Gallagher, James Blunt and Andreas Vollenweider will now not be appearing. The organisers operate to a very tight budget and the Lucerne City Council were not prepared to support the festival with more money than they have contributed already. 

The Paléo in Nyon is the largest open-air festival in Switzerland. It has also fallen victim to the coronavirus and will be postponed until 2021. This 45th edition of the event should have taken place in Nyon VD from 20 to 26 July.

80 percent of the turnover comes from ticket sales and organisers fear the financial repercussions resulting from the cancellation. The cancellation cost is expected to be close to CHF 6 million because the Paléo Festival attracts over 250,000 festival goers over the seven days.

08.04.2020 – Will the Gotthard be open or closed? The debate starts and the image below shows how few vehicles are on the road.

To view webcams and Gotthard Tunnel situation

08.04.2020 – Concerns about Easter in Ticino – many not travelling down from Zurich 

One group member with a relative in Locarno will not travel down, they pointed to the fact that Ticino with 56 corona deaths per 100,000 inhabitants makes it difficult to justify to make the journey. They also fear for their ZH number plated car being vandalised by angry local residents. 

A Lugano resident shared their pleasure at the lock down, he has not heard an aeroplane for weeks, hears birdsong and not a single noisy motorcycle from his garden. Bike clubs and a line of 10 or more bikes going past his house and up the mountain ruin his peace and quiet throughout the summer. He asked all Zurchers to stay at home, you are annoying.

Ticino Situation

The Canton of Ticino extended until 26 April its particularly restrictive measures to contain the coronavirus. Over 200 people in Ticino have died of the lung disease Covid-19 and 2953 people in the canton of Ticino tested positive for the virus. Federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely.

09.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 25,503 ( +558 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 55 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3284
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 43
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 952
For more information: 

09.04.2020 – Zurich Dentist Guidelines for patients during COVID-19 measures and restrictive times 

Zurich – SARS-CoV-2 / Coronavirus: Information for dental practices and institutions from March 9, 2020

General information:

Most COVID-19 infected patients are showing a mild status or symptoms.

Identification, testing, full contact tracing and isolation of cases and quarantine of contact persons:

  • Is no longer effective: the symptoms are often mild and are often not recognised by the patient as COVID-19; the epidemiological criterion no longer makes sense, since people in Switzerland are also infected
  • Mild cases absorb resources that are needed for the severe cases and the particularly vulnerable.

The cantonal dental service points out that the Federal Principles laid down in cantons must be observed in dental practices and institutions.

  1. It is important to keep a safe distance (social distancing), so that particularly vulnerable people can be protected and at the same time social, business and economic life can be maintained.
  2. Healthcare workers are protected if:
    – Strict adherence to the usual dental hygiene measures: thorough
    Washing hands with soap, regular correct hand disinfection, treatment gloves, mouth protection and protective glasses, meticulous and regular surface disinfection while observing the required exposure time.
    – The patients are adequately protected by the usual hygiene measures and the usual wearing of a mouthguard in the dental practice, even if one
    Treatments should be infected with SARS-CoV-2.
  3. SARS-CoV-2 triage in dental practices and institutions:
    1. Patients at risk of SARS-CoV-2 are:
    a. which contacts with a laboratory-confirmed case or Health Directorate
    b. Have flu symptoms
  4. Therefore, ask your patients specifically about SARS-CoV-2-related illness symptoms and about contacts with a laboratory-confirmed case
  5. If there are no symptoms of the disease and there is no known contact with a laboratory-confirmed case, the dental treatment can be carried out as usual.
  6. Measures for identified SARS-CoV-2 risk patients:
    – Equip the patient with a face mask
    – The patient should call the family doctor or the doctor’s phone at home (0800 33 66 55)
    – Carry out dental treatment only if surgery cannot be postponed
    – Dental treatment of cases that cannot be postponed in a separately reserved treatment room using an FFP2 mask, safety glasses
    and gloves
    – Send the patient home after treatment with a face mask to be worn

What to do if a practice member has had contact with a person who has tested positive?

What is a contact?

Contact with a person who tested positive is considered to be less than 2 meters away persisted for 15 minutes or more with the tested person.

Health professionals with patient contact who have had unprotected contact with a confirmed case (professional or private) continue to work and are constantly wearing a surgical one Mask and pay attention to perfect hand hygiene. They monitor their state of health; if symptoms occur, they can be tested and remain at work or distanced and at home.

Possible further measures depending on the patient pool:
– Ev. postpone the treatment of vulnerable patients if possible (immunosuppressed, polymorbid patients and patients in advanced age)
– Avoid aerosol-causing work where possible (avoid ultrasound or air flow in dental hygiene, instead use hand scaling)

Delivery bottlenecks for protective masks:
The canton has a reserve of protective material that it wants to use where it is most needed. The supply of protective material is limited and everyone has to deal with the existing material in a budgetary manner.

The cantonal dental service has received urgent requests for protective material from a few dental practices in the past few days. For these urgent cases
the possibility was created to pick up some material on site. In all other cases, material can be obtained from a web shop from next week. To do this
the dentists through the canton pharmacy with further information on
the webshop.

The order quantities are contingent, we ask you to order only as much as really
is needed and no inventories to be created. In urgent cases – and I ask you, this time really only in urgent cases – please contact: corona@kaz.zh.ch

The same applies to the dental practice as before: Patients are allowed to wear protective masks not be treated. The German Robert Koch Institute (RKI) describes measures how masks can be used in a resource-saving manner in the event of delivery bottlenecks. 

Experience shows that protection against droplet infection through hygiene / surgical masks and safety glasses are enough.

Glasses from the hardware store are also suitable as protective glasses
or similar, which offer good protection. 

In addition to disinfection, corona viruses are also eliminated by soapy water, which is why frequent hand washing is important.

Sufficient disinfectant:

There are no immediate delivery bottlenecks. The pharmacies provide disinfectants ready in sufficient quantities. Many now produce it themselves. Due to the uncertain further COVID-19 and patient development, disinfectants and good housekeeping remain a priority. Adhere to the exposure time according to and stated in the manufacturer’s product instructions.

Zurich Health Directorate

Swissnoso – National Centre for Infection Prevention

09.04.2020 - BR Karin Keller-Sutter zu Coronavirus - German and French

09.04.2020 – Karin Keller-Sutter Justice Minister – Federal Media Conference – No debt relief – legal measures to manage or prevent bankruptcies

The economic consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic are threatening the very existence of many companies. To prevent major economic damage, the Federal Council is looking for ways to reduce the level or prevent bankruptcies.

“The breather for the judiciary was well used,” Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter said on Thursday before the federal media. At the time, many judicial authorities had found solutions to continue the operation. “This is central to the rule of law in a crisis.”

Against this background, the Federal Council decided not to extend the measures. These expire on April 19. “It is crucial that the rule of law continue to function, even in times of crisis,” said Keller-Sutter.

Claims should also be enforceable again, otherwise the payment behavior will decrease. This brought the economic system to a standstill, the Minister of Justice said, referring to bad experiences in 1914.

Among other things, a temporary regulation is being checked, according to which companies can wait to file for bankruptcy in the event of corona-related overindebtedness. Today, the board of directors must report imminent overindebtedness to the judge immediately. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) will provide new measures and reporting soon. 

Where should the Covid 19 deferrals be published (liquidation and debt agreements)? The debt enforcement and bankruptcy offices do this in the Official Journal.

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10.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 25,812 ( +309 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 34 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3318
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 50
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1002
For more information: 

11.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 26,075 ( +263 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 42 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,360
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 43
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1045
For more information: 

11.04.2020 – Eric Scheidegger, Head of the SECO Directorate for Economic Policy, Switzerland economy update

The economic situation has deteriorated further since mid-March, says Eric Scheidegger, head of the SECO Directorate for Economic Policy. At the time when the economic forecast was being made, it was assumed that production would decline by ten percent.

The loss of production is now 25 percent. Depending on the industry, there are some businesses and sectors who are over 80% affected. 

Two COVID-19 Coronavirus Switzerland recession scenarios

In the Seco “V-recession” scenario – a decline in GDP with a rapid recovery – the Swiss economy would recover after the minus of 7 percent after 2021 with a massive rise in GDP of plus 8 percent.

The scenario “L recession” would be even more serious for the country, where there would only be a weak recovery after a massive slump: The economy would shrink by the order of 10 percent in 2020 and only increase by 3 percent in 2021.

The Seco economists also quantify the level of GDP loss due to the corona crisis.

In the “cheap” baseline scenario, the GDP loss at the end of 2021 would be around CHF 30 billion compared to the level at the end of 2019.

In the “V recession” scenario, the GDP loss increases to around CHF 90 billion and an “L recession” would mean a GDP loss of EUR 170 billion.

11.04.2020 – Daniel Koch – Swiss federal section “Communicable Diseases” and COVID-19 Task Force press conference

The situation seems to be stabilising, new cases total 500 – 700 per day and seems to indicate the worst is over for the moment. A moment to pause because of the number of people who die every day. 

There is always a risk that cases will increase again. No-one knows if this is the time to relax measures and risk a second wave. “You have to stay flexible when you see that it can’t be done,” said Koch.

The Federal Council need a flexible plan, one where underutilised hospitals and medical practitioners can “return to everyday life as quickly as possible, but with protective measures for high-risk individuals”.

The Federal government is aware that the demand for hospital services has decreased, said Koch. “That was so wanted and necessary.”

Numerous researchers are currently working on a contact tracing app. tools such as these will help to uncover possible transmission routes of the coronavirus and enable action to isolate potentially sick people. The first priority is voluntary installation on the smartphone.

It does not take long to design and build an app, options are available and need to be assessed and approved. 

12.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 26,294 ( +219 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 29 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,389
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 34
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,079
For more information: 

13.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 26,539 ( +245 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 25 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,414
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 34
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,113
For more information: 

14.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 26,963 ( +424 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 50 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,464
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 36
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,149
For more information: 

14.04.2020 – Crisis what crisis  – Confirmed – We love Swiss Potatoes

Potatoes are being eaten everywhere! The corona effect has resulted in a big uptick in business for the Swiss potato industry. Industry association spokesperson Christine Heller stated: “In retailing, between 20 and 30 percent more potatoes are sold than last year”

People are cooking more at home and it means farmers are seeing no loss of demand caused by the restaurants being closed. There are some “ugly” potatoes being sold in shops because food processors or those who process them into French fries are not doing so, yet this has not stopped the demand. It also means the level of imports are down as domestic demand is so high. www.srf.ch

14.04.2020 – Federal news conference 

The number of new infections with Covid-19 is decreasing, as is the number of deaths. This trend is not yet evident in hospitals. There are close to 400 people with severe infection related issues in intensive care according to Patrick Mathys, Head of the Crisis Management and International Cooperation Section at the Federal Office of Public Health.

A total of around 3000 patients are currently in hospital and figures are understated due to a reduction in tests over Easter. 

The testing figure is of great importance as it provides information on the actual spread of the virus.

Currently only estimates are available because the number of cases detected depend very much on the number of tests carried out. It means in Switzerland, almost 26,000 people have tested positive so far, the reality is the number of infections is estimated to be between 100,000 to 300,000.

A key statement “Peak is passed, we think”

The coming week, the updated tests and results added to the discharges from hospital will give a better picture. 

Clues as to the future include: 

Mandatory masks under discussion – The Austria plans to re-open are also a consideration. 

A problem – ICU medication supply. Drugs are in short or limited supply and a new surge will create problems. the Federal government is trying to procure the essential drugs globally and is competing with other countries to secure key drugs.  Anaesthetic drugs are a problem, critical to ICU and an area of concern.

Testing remains an area to work on, as infected cases reduce, there is capacity to use the testing for other purposes but it is not possible to test every citizen. 

The military have done a great job and currently only 514 members of the army are still in quarantine.

Humanitarian aid flights are progressing well, flights have been made to or are planned to go to Kinshasa, Kiev, Montenegro, as well as to Asia and Latin America.

Europe remains a concern as a source of infection, many countries there have seen reductions in new infections and deaths but danger of re-infection will still allow for a future relaxation of some measures. 

Easter helped, many Swiss people and residents did a great job, it has helped a lot. A minority remain a problem but not a significant one. 

Source: Keystone SDA / Blick – German

Week 3 - Wednesday April 15th

15.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 27,293 ( +330 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 31 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,495
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 36
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,185
  • Number who have died in the canton of Zurich: 78 (median age 85)
For more information: 

15.04.2020 – Plan to end lockdown highlighted by Alain Berset

The Blick is reporting Alain Berset is working towards agreeing:

Small businesses and shops similar to hairdressers, garden centers and stores will open towards the end of April.

On the 11th of May, primary schools will be back and other stores will open.

Then in July, it is hoped restaurants and other food providers will open if the measures taken and effect of the other business openings allow. If not, plan for August. 

Blick.ch article in German

15.04.2020 – Zurich Airport reports no passenger traffic 

In a month, Zurich airport has gone very quiet. Birdsong has replaced the sound of aircraft as the number of travellers dropped by 63.2 percent to 890,000.

The number of flights fell by 49.5 percent to 11,135 take-offs or landings compared to the same month last year.

85 of the 91 Swiss aircraft currently remain on the ground. 

Source: SRF

15.04.2020 – Greece transfers first group of young refugees to Switzerland because of coronavirus

ATHENS, April 15 (Reuters) – Greece transferred a dozen unaccompanied children from overcrowded migrant camps to Luxembourg on Wednesday, the first of more than 1,000 relocations that are being expedited amid concerns over the impact of coronavirus on vulnerable groups.

Another group of 50 children is expected to fly from Athens to Germany on Saturday, and 20 more will head to Switzerland at a later date. Greece hopes to relocate some 1,600 unaccompanied minors in the coming months.

Reuters article in full

16.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 27,611 ( +318 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 37 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,532
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 38
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,223
For more information: 

16.04.2020 - BR S. Sommaruga - BR A. Berset - BR G. Parmelin zu Coronavirus (COVID-19) - German and French

16.04.2020 – Important Announcement – Switzerland Federal plan to relax measures to re-open the economy after the  coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic

Measures to contain the coronavirus epidemic are gradually being relaxed. On April 27, the restrictions for hairdressers, hardware stores, garden centers and hospitals will be lifted.

School lessons are scheduled to resume two weeks later. Children are not the largest group at risk from coronavirus. Procedures will be put in place to ensure the risk of infection is kept to a minimum.  

Current Situation

The number of new infections has been declining for two weeks and the capacity of Swiss hospitals has never been fully utilised. The spread of the epidemic seems to have slowed, Health Minister Alain Berset said on Thursday before the Federal media pool.

The restrictions will gradually be relaxed and done so in a 3 stage schedule.  Berset spoke of an initial transition phase. Members of the risk groups such as the elderly will still need to be protected. A resurgence of the epidemic must be prevented and every effort made to this action.

Proposed Changes

In a first step, providers of “personal services” will be allowed to open their doors on Monday, April 27. In addition to hairdressing shops, this also includes cosmetic salons and nail salons.

No mention was made of other services in a specific list. Berset justified the opening of these shops because there are no large numbers of customers in the premises. In addition, protection policies and measures could be implemented well and infection chains easily traced.

Many are the services we need in our daily life as a community, said Berset. This also applies to medical services, which are also approved again in the first stage.

Hospitals are to be monitored for surgeries and caseloads. Restrictions on doctor’s surgeries, dentists, physiotherapy and medical massages are lifted. 

Hardware stores and garden centers as well as garden centers and flower shops are also allowed to open.

From April 27, the range restriction in grocery stores will also be lifted (These are the areas in the shop currently cordoned off in Migros and Co-Op for example).

Finally, at funerals, the Federal Council removes the limitation to the narrow family circle.

All easing of the measures does not mean a lifting of the protective measures, as Berset said. There is a new mask requirement for hairdressers and other industries that offer services to people. The details still have to be worked out, said Berset. 

Second and Third Phase relaxing coronavirus COVID-19 measures

The second phase is scheduled for May 11th.

This is when larger groups of people will be able to be in school or at the shops.  The Federal Council wants to make the decision on the second stage on April 29.

According to Berset, this is justifiable because children are not seen as driving the epidemic.

The third stage will be implemented on June 8th at the earliest. According to Berset, the waiting period of four weeks is necessary in order to be able to monitor the effects of the previous measures.

The Federal Council will only allow the transition from one stage to the next if there has been no significant increase in Covid 19 cases.

Criteria to pass from one stage to another because of the number of new infections, hospital admissions and deaths as well as the number of hospital admissions.

In the third stage, middle, vocational and university colleges should be allowed to hold face-to-face events again.

At the same time, entertainment and leisure businesses such as museums, libraries, botanical gardens and zoos are to be reopened and the ban on meetings to be relaxed.

The Federal Council will decide on the details of this stage on May 27.

Unclear about major events

It is also unclear when major events will be possible again. According to Berset, these are associated with great risks. Many have been cancelled and the Federal government is aware that the festival season is upon us. At its next meeting, the Federal Council wants to decide whether and under what circumstances festivals or sporting events can be held.

Hospitality and Restaurants sector – measures to be agreed

“Protection concepts are currently being developed in the industry,” says Berset. When restaurants can return to normal operation is still unclear. That would be gradual because there are different types of food or gastro outlet and a coffee shop cannot be compared to a large fast food complex at an airport. It was also pointed out that you do not attend a restaurant with the intention of social distancing. 

Home office working 

As long as the distance rules and the other measures apply, home office working continues to make sense, says Sommaruga. It is also a relief for public transport. With the easing, people would surely return to the offices more often.

Public Transport Measures

Public transport companies have been requested to submit a protection concept by May 11. There has to be a functioning public transport system which is robust if the schools were to be reopened.

16.04.2020 – Coronavirus – Zurich Health Directorate – Adjusts test recommendations for retirement and nursing homes

Natalie Rickli presentation in a media conference:

“Coronavirus – Current Situation in Retirement and Nursing Homes”

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in retirement and nursing homes, all residents were tested for the corona virus in four care centers in the city of Zurich.

The results prompt the health department to adapt the test recommendations for retirement and nursing homes.

At today’s media conference, Health Director Natalie Rickli and Head of the City of Zurich’s Health and Environment Department, City Councilor Andreas Hauri, informed local residents about the situation in the homes and the background of the test series.

Under the leadership of Dr. med. Gabriela Bieri-Brüning, medical director of the nursing centers of the city of Zurich, and with the permission of the health department, around 500 residents of four nursing centers in the city of Zurich were tested for COVID-19 immediately before and at the beginning of Easter.

The results show that there were no positive cases in departments or homes (admin area Kreis) that had no confirmed COVID-19 patients.

In the departments or homes that already had infections reported, around half of the residents tested positive. 30 to 50 percent of those tested had no symptoms at the time of testing. Many had few or atypical symptoms.

Based on these and other results presented on the occasion of the media conference, the health department recommends the retirement and nursing homes, with immediate effect in the case of a confirmed COVID-19 case in the affected home or ward, the entire unit (residents and staff) on which the patient is moving or living in has to be tested to identify those without symptoms.

As a result, those who test positive must be isolated and strictly separated from those who test negative.

“Thanks to this knowledge, we can use targeted testing to optimise the fight against outbreaks and improve the protection of residents and employees,” said Christiane Meier.

The President of the Association of Local Presidents Jörg Kündig and the President of Curaviva Canton Zurich, André Müller, thanked all staff, managers and supporters for the great work that is being done in the homes.

Zurich Health Directorate Media Release in German

17.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 27,900 ( +289 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 31 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,563
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 36
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,259
  • Number who have died in the canton of Zurich: 90 (median age 85)
For more information: 

17.04.2020 – Zurich restaurant owners and others were left disappointed that no plan announced by the  Federal Office for Civil Protection (Babs) Switzerland at their media conference

“The industry employs 260,000 in Switzerland and employees in a bad situation. No plan, no perspective and we are very disappointed and unsettled. We submitted a concept for the reopening, but we didn’t even get an answer.”

Industry representatives met with government officials and proposed a wide range of actions and safety measures from the kitchen to the diner eating their meal. It was met with no action or an update in the latest press release. 

German language Source: srf.ch

17.04.2020 – Christoph Flury, Vice Director at the Federal Office for Civil Protection (Babs) Switzerland media conference on the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic

In the current week, thousands of civil defense members and their officers are still deployed to deal with the corona pandemic. “It is often unspectacular operations and the work that they do is appreciated by the Swiss population,” says Christoph Flury, Vice Director at the Federal Office for Civil Protection (Babs).

A civil protection guard takes over the job as a caretaker in a retirement home to be responsible for cleaning. They also work in laundries and take on other duties in the care homes, said Flury.

Their focus is still on health care, in some situations it is known a care facility needs intervention. The civil protection force then comes into play. If a hospital is not under pressure for example, the civil protection officers would not be deployed.

There are currently forces is most in demand in Ticino, Baselland and Zurich.

17.04.2020 –  Zurich Atlantis Hotel will close – 140 people dismissed – Coronavirus impact blamed

The Hotel Atlantis at the foot of the Uetliberg was a style icon in the 1970s that attracted international stars such as Steve McQueen and Freddie Mercury.

It has also had a troubled history after its bankruptcy and closure in 2004. Investors from Qatar bought the hotel and renovated it to a 5 star standard before its reopening in 2015.

Now it will close at the end of April. The reasons are the cost structure and the rapidly deteriorating economic situation due to the Corona crisis. “As is known, the owner is holding talks with investors who plan to take over the hotel in a few months and, if need be, convert it.”

140 employees are affected by these measures and Zurich loses a luxury hotel used by guest who include the Swiss football team.

Read more on finews.com

17.04.2020 – Switzerland’s Roche joins global race to make coronavirus antibody tests

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche aims next month to be able to offer blood tests to identify those who have been infected with the coronavirus, joining a huge global push to inform locked-down nations about who might have some immunity and return to work.

Governments and businesses are seeking out such tests, to help them craft strategies to end lockdowns that have battered global economies even though it is not yet certain if those infected develop immunity to the new virus as with many other illnesses.

Roche’s announcement on Friday follows others including U.S.-based Abbott Laboratories, Becton Dickinson and Co, Italy’s DiaSorin that aim to develop and sell tests to identify antibodies.

“This is the working assumption: If you test and find people that have developed these antibodies, then at least for a certain period of time they will have gained immunity,” Thomas Schinecker, Roche’s diagnostics head, said.

“We worked day and night on this, over weekends, to make sure we can help as many patients as possible,” Schinecker told Reuters.

The Basel-based company pledged to make its antibody test available by early May in countries that accept European CE regulatory standards, and is seeking Food and Drug Administration emergency authorisation for U.S. use.

Read more on Reuters

18.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 28,044 ( +144 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 14 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,577
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 29
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,288
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18.04.2020 – Growing public upset on social media channels for inconsistent reporting. It is making people anxious. 

The canton numbers are alway reported and numbers vary in the death count by 10 to 200 because the person has not been confirmed as having had COVID-19 until an autopsy test is performed and confirmation made. 

Reporting is then revised after a delay. An example is this polite Twitter discussion in French on a release by the Federal Health Office.

19.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 28,130 ( +86 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 21 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,598
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 20
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,308
For more information: 

19.04.2020 – Alain Berset participates in a virtual G20 conference to discuss COVID-19

News and images show him at work meeting the other G20 health ministers online to discuss COVID19 and the importance of international collaboration and the work of the WHO underlined.

To see the man at work – Link to his Twitter account

19.04.2020 – The Blick on Sunday – More deaths and cases away from Zurich in the west and south of Switzerland

There have been more deaths in the west and south of Switzerland according to the “SonntagsBlick,”, 24.7 people per 100,000 inhabitants have died of Covid-19 so far in the French-speaking areas and in Ticino it is 53.5.

In the German-speaking part of Switzerland, it is now only 6.2. 

Olivia Keizer, epidemiologist at the University of Geneva, was quoted by in the SonntagsBlick as saying, “Time was a major factor in explaining the differences because the epidemic started earlier in Ticino and the French-speaking part of Switzerland. The German-speaking area of Switzerland  had a time advantage, they could take measures sooner and prevented major damage.

Link to newspaper

Federal coronavirus update press conference video - German and French language

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20.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 28,404 ( +274 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 23 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,621
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 36
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,344
For more information: 

20.04.2020 – Alain Berset keeps his cards close to his chest – still no news of when the restaurants will open.

Health Minister Alain Berset was in Graubünden visiting the respiratory equipment manufacturer Hamilton Medical. When asked during a short press conference for a hospitality update.

He simply replied that some good plans had been created and that he will meet the representatives of GastroSuisse soon. A concern is safety and maximum hygiene. A no news is no news moment as far as hotel and restaurant owners in Zurich were concerned. 

Newspaper Report – German – 20minuten report on press conference in Cazis Graubünden

20.04.2020 – McDrive and McDelivery open on the 27th 

Those who attempted to remake their loved food and failed, this is the best news you can have until you taste your burger or fries next week. 

To plan ahead and to view the map to find your local McDrive and to queue early on the  26th to be at the front of the queue

20.04.2020 – Zurich schools decide not to grade students this Semester

Across Zurich students are cheering, no Semester grades to ruin their averages as the canton of Zurich decide to not grade primary and secondary school students in the Semester report. 

Blick.CH Coronavirus Ticker

20.04.2020 – Geneva and France open their borders just a little – 5 crossings

Switzerland authorities have decided to reopen five border crossing points with France, in the canton of Geneva, which have been closed up to now as a part of efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

The opening is controlled and very specific for the crossing points at Mategnin, Soral II, Landecy, Monniaz and Veigy as well as between Geneva and France weekdays only. 

This opening was announced earlier in the month and can only be done at specific times, 6 am to 9 am when entering Switzerland, and from 5 pm to 7 pm when leaving Switzerland. 

The Federal Customs Administration (FCA) said that Switzerland would reopen these crossing points to prepare for the future opening up and increase in border traffic when the new measures are implemented next week.

The freight and transport of goods are still subject to past ordinances from the FCA. 

20.04.2020 – Zurich police busy enforcing breaches of social distancing rules and fining people over the weekend.

Across Zurich, from the suburbs and meadows of Seebach where people were grilling in numbers in the woods behind the Schwandenholz cemetery, to the long line of people buying ice cream and walking down by the lake. 

The warm spring weather brought everyone out it seemed and the Zurich police went on a charm or fine offensive.Over 250 fines were levied by the end of the weekend, more on Saturday and Saturday evening especially wherever water was nearby.

There were reports of “improper” announcements being made by loudspeaker by frustrated police officers, how many times can you say “social distance, please move apart and respect others” in a day.

The police could not be everywhere as neighbours started to report others who were in groups. A number were calling in to newspapers to express their shock at the gatherings of 10 or more during Saturday evening as unofficial parties were held on the rooftops downtown and elsewhere.

21.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 28,619 ( +215 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 17 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,638
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 32
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,376
For more information: 

Swiss video with English sub-titles - keep up the good work

21.04.2020 – Research into drugs and vaccines to combat COVID-19 – ETH update

ETH Zurich provided an update on the COVID-19 situation and the research work currently underway.

Michael Keller the author outlines the current situation as well as the ETH professors from various disciplines working on: 

  • Inhibiting virus entry into cells
  • Preventing virus multiplication in patients
  • Passive immunity
  • Developing a COVID-19 vaccine

Link to his article on the ETH website for a 5 minute read

21.04.2020 – Aargau petition Federal authorities to open stores from 27th April 

Aargau the home of the fast and reckless Swiss car drivers wants to be first to open up its retail stores. They are the cantonal home of a huge Coop logistics centre and the cantonal government wants all retailers to open two weeks earlier. 

This opens up a can of worms as other cantons protest by say the opening of all retail will hurt the smaller shops which have to remain shut for a further two weeks, like those in St Gallen. 

The SVP wanted to push the opening phases and include fitness centres, cinemas and campsites and hiking trails accessible by train. 

21.04.2020 – EPFL and ETH update Switzerland on their multi-nation Digital Contact Tracing collaborative work (already been underway since Feb).  

On April 21st, Pascal Strupler, Director-General of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), confirmed that the Office is working with EPFL and ETH Zurich to complete an app by May 11th. “It will be based on the DP-3T concept of EPFL, and will leverage the new Google and Apple Contact Tracing APIs as soon as they are available,” Strupler said.

Maximum protection

DP-3T proposes a secure, decentralized, privacy-preserving proximity tracing system based on the Bluetooth Low Energy standard. Its goal is to simplify and accelerate the process of identifying people who have been in contact with someone infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, thus providing a technological foundation to help slow its spread. The system aims to minimize privacy and security risks for individuals and communities, and guarantee the highest level of data protection.

EPFL news website to read full article

21.04.2020 – Zurich research finds way to detect the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the ambient air with a biosensor discovery

A research group comprising scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and the University Hospital Zurich has developed a new biosensor. According to a press release, this is able to measure the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 in the ambient air.

The sensor is based on tiny gold structures on a glass substrate. Artificially produced DNA receptors that match certain RNA sequences of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are grafted onto what are known as gold nanoislands. If the DNA receptors detect RNA strands of the virus, this confirms the presence of the virus.

According to the researchers, the sensor is highly reliable and is able to distinguish the novel coronavirus from other viruses. Tests featuring the very closely related SARS-CoV virus even failed to confound the new biosensor.

To read the full article on greaterzuricharea.com website

Week 4 - Wednesday April 22nd

22.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 28,780 ( +161 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 19 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,657
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 24
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,400
For more information: 

Swiss video in English explaining the gradual easing of measures

22.04.2020 – Swiss retailers gear up to sell masks at cost next week.

From next week, the federal government will start to sell masks to retailers and pharmacies who must sell them on at cost. When the federal authorities announced this, the media were quick to quiz Swiss retailers about the likely sales prices. 

They found that:

  • Lidl can sell you a box of 50 for CHF 34.90 (CH0.70 per mask)
  • Aldi will offer a pack of 10 for CHF 7.20 (0.72 per mask)
  • Coop and Migros will make different offers on different quantity options 

To date 21 million units have been distributed to the cantons.

The federal government’s current inventory includes 18 million hygiene face masks.

Sources

23.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 28,988 ( +208 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 7 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,664
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 27
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,427
For more information: 

24.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 29,156 ( +168 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 12 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,676
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 21
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,448
For more information: 

24.04.2020 – Zurich Farmer`s Association not happy with litter louts, damage to fields or electric bikes speeding close to cows and other animals. 

The corona lockdown restrictions make the local population flee from the city into the countryside. Agricultural areas from woods to fields or pasture land are being invaded by visitors who cannot go to their local park or down by the lake anymore.

Grass or crops are sometimes trampled down, cans and other litter are left behind, which in reality is very dangerous for all animals, especially when they try to eat the contents of a discarded bbq or grill party shopping bag left because “no-one” wants to take it to a litter bin or home. 

The Swiss Farmers’ Association (SBV) recommends the affected farmers should speak to the tourists directly. The Zurich Farmers’ Association (ZBV) also advises the farmers should raise their concerns and use signs.

Farmers are even being asked to fence off areas, unfortunately lock-down tempers arise as many of those have little understanding of rural life and forget to behave when out in the country. Abusive comments are just one of the problems members of the ZBV have to put up with at the moment.

Link to ZBV site – German

24.04.2020 – Zurich and other Swiss large events unlikely now until next year says Marcel Tanner, senior epidemiologist and member of the government’s Covid-19 task force.

Quoted for a future NZZ article by Swissinfo, he says it will take more than 12 months for daily life in Switzerland to go back to normal if a new wave of the virus pandemic is to be prevented.

Marcel Tanner, does not expect a vaccine against the infectious disease to be available within 15 to 18 months at the earliest.

Tanner, a former professor of epidemiology at the University of Basel and director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, expects the government to ease restrictions on public and private gatherings of more than five people soon.

He also said he expected that most people can go back to work in June if the necessary safety precautions are respected, including the public transport.

“We can be pragmatic about this,” he said. “Personally, I’d prefer to make the wearing of masks mandatory in public transport.”

Tanner is sceptical that it will be possible to resume our routines in daily life very soon. He says it would take at least 60% of the population to develop an immunity against coronavirus. Tanner believes this could take up to the autumn of 2021.

Link to Swissinfo article in English

25.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of total cases tested positive: 29,242 ( +86 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 12 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3,688
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 22
  • Total number of Covid-19 attributed deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1,470
For more information: 

25.04.2020 – Up to CHF 6000 Emergency Assistance for UZH Students, Zurich announced

The University of Zurich worried some students are facing an unexpected emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, or have lost part-time jobs leaving them short in the coming months are offering an emergency assistance scheme (“Pandemie-Nothilfe”) to UZH students. 

Who Can Request Emergency Assistance?

The emergency assistance scheme is aimed at students who are regularly matriculated at UZH and who have been put in financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Emergency assistance (hardship) is intended for UZH students who can no longer afford to pay their rent or medical bills, and who have no money to pay for basic necessities. The criteria for emergency assistance is assets of less than CHF 6,000 and total income of up to CHF 15,000 net in the spring semester (February to July).

Students can apply for assistance of between CHF 1,000 and CHF 6,000.

Emergency financial assistance is as follows:

Option 1
You need an amount of between CHF 1,000 and CHF 3,000.

You do not have to pay back this amount.

Option 2
You need an amount of between CHF 3,001 and CHF 6,000.

You only have to pay back the amount that exceeds CHF 3,000. This loan part must be repaid, without interest, within two years of completing your studies or withdrawing from university.

There is no legal claim to emergency assistance (“Pandemie-Nothilfe”).

You can only submit one request and full details can be found on the University of Zurich website.

UZH – University of Zurich financial help page

25.04.2020 – The Swiss cycle more than ever in a long time thanks to coronavirus and COVID-19 

The Corona crisis has had an impact upon the sporty Swiss according to a large-scale study by ETH and reported by the Tamedia Group.

The average distance travelled on the bike last week was 1.8 kilometers per day which is up on last year and revealed a big change of habit. Public transport is rarely chosen which has resulted in a temporary slump in the use of trams, trains and buses during lockdown.

In the large-scale study ETH used GPS data to determine the numbers and based it on a sample of 1200 Swiss cyclists between the ages of 18 and 65 who took part in the study.

They came from across Switzerland and they used the “Catch My Day” tracking app, which users download to their smartphones.

Algorithm and data revealed that the Swiss currently spend over half an hour on the bike every day; Men 32 minutes, women 38 minutes.

A detailed analysis will explain why Swiss people are currently spend so much more time cycling. Professor Kay W. Axhausen, who is leading the study, has some initial explanations: He suspects that on the one hand people get on their bikes more in their free time. On the other, commuters have probably also had to switch to bicycles recently: 

The Lobby Pro Velo, which advocates the interests of cyclists in Switzerland, is convinced that this effect will remain beyond Corona. “We are convinced that the bicycle boom is sustainable, since even more Swiss people have come to like cycling short distances,” says Claudia Bucher; Head of Communication at Pro Velo.

For article in German – 20Minuten website

25.04.2020 – Landlords refusing to offer bar or restaurant owners any rent holiday leaving many to consider bankruptcy 

Close to 40% of bar and restaurant owners fear bankruptcy following a survey of over 500 businesses in four cantons. 

Almost 200 companies who responded said they would have to file for bankruptcy if the landlord did not accommodate them.

According to other survey questions, 66 percent have not yet received a rent reduction. Of the 34 percent that landlords promised to cut, many are not satisfied and some have imposed other terms. 

Politicians are currently debating this topic at the Swiss government, it has become that serious an issue.

Link to SRF News in German

26.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of cases Tested positive: 29,303 (+61) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 7 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3695
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 13
  • Total number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1483
Could cases be slowing? Fingers crossed or ” Ich drücke dir die Daumen (my thumbs are pressed for you) as Anja a Swiss friend says as she wishes us all good luck.
 
In May reporting will be less frequent as other Federal opening measures activate as businesses seek to re-open and do business.  

For more information: 

27.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of cases Tested positive: 29,476 ( +173 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 11 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3706
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 22
  • Total number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1505
 
For more information: 

28.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of cases Tested positive: 29,626 ( +150 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 13 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3719
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 9
  • Total number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1514
 
For more information: 

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Week 5 - Wednesday April 29th to end of month

29.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of cases Tested positive: 29,740 ( +114 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 9 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3728
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 10
  • Total number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1524
 
For more information: 

29.04.2020 – Federal Announcement for the opening up of Swiss sports with a return to training and with new hygiene regulations.

The Federal Council decided today to loosen the control measures relating to the coronavirus as the risk of spreading it reduces.

Around 80 percent of the Swiss population aged 15 and over regularly participate in sports. Over 2 million people are active in a sports club which is an activity where over 100,000 jobs depend on it.

Training allowed again from May 11 and are subject to clear guidelines because they are split into two groups which are:

Non-professional sports activity which may only take place in small groups with a maximum of 5 people, without physical contact and in compliance with the hygiene and distance rules.

Professional or national recognised competitive sports people. These can take training sessions with others and not be limited to the 5 person rule. An example, athletes who belong to a national squad or the players for the Swiss Soccer team.

Infection rates are calculated as being low and the Federal Office of Sport and Health has worked with the municipalities and cantons, as well as with Swiss Olympic and league representatives, to provide support.

The new relaxed rules will come into play on June 6th.

More Information:

Federal Health Office Press Release – bag.admin.ch

29.04.2020 – Federal Announcement for the further relaxation of measures and coronavirus COVID-19 Switzerland statement

General Summary / Translation of press release to English

Bern, April 29, 2020 – At its meeting on April 29, 2020, the Federal Council decided to further relax the measures in place to protect the citizens against the coronavirus. 

Shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries can reopen from Monday ne, May 11, 2020, classes can take place on site again in primary and secondary schools and the range of timetabled services for public transport will be significantly increased. 

For the Matura exams, the cantons will decide on the plans for the written exams for the high school Matura. 

The easing is accompanied by added protection measures such as those relating to social distancing and continued hygiene. 

From May 11th, nationwide tracing of new infections will be resumed in all cantons. The spread of the coronavirus in Switzerland has slowed but with the new relaxation of the rules and their impact, it must be assessed across the whole population in Switzerland before any further relaxation of the rules occurs.  

The sequence of the individual steps which are being followed are based on a risk analysis. The Federal Council has taken into account the extent to which the easing of a measure affects the most vulnerable, the number of people contacts and the flow of people. The model also assessed how easy protective measures can be incorporated and included economic factors. .

The Federal Council will decide on the next stage of easing from June 8 at its meeting on May 27. 

Decisions are planned on the ban on the assembly of more than 5 people, on attendance classes at high schools and universities, on cultural institutions, sports facilities and mountain railways as well as on church services. 

The Federal Council then also discusses the exit from the extraordinary situation in accordance with the Epidemic Act. On June 26, the Federal Council plans to make further decisions for the summer, based on the results of the monitoring.

Hospitality received positive news, a careful opening of the catering trade from May 11th.

From May 11th, catering establishments can reopen under strict conditions. In a first relaxation step:

  • A maximum of four people or parents with children are allowed at one table. 
  • All guests must sit and there is a distance of two meters between the guest groups separating elements necessary. 

The Federal Council will decide on further steps on May 27 and review the concepts and practices for protection which are being adopted. 

Cantons will decide how classes are to be conducted

In primary and secondary schools, face-to-face classes can be held again from May 11th.

For this purpose, the BAG, together with the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education, has defined guidelines for protection concepts.

The scientific advisory board (Science Taskforce) and other experts were consulted.

The cantons and municipalities will regulate implementation by May 11, 2020, taking local circumstances into account and the needs for schools to remain flexible with the classes they offer.

Classroom events in larger groups are expected to take place again from June 8th.

High school and vocational baccalaureate can rely on experience grades not an exam and the cantonal grammar schools can also do without the written matriculation exams this year.

For more information and to read the press release in German

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30.04.2020 – Current Coronavirus COVID-19 Positive Test and Hospitalised Numbers in Switzerland 

Federal Office of Public Health Confirmed in Switzerland

  • Number of cases Tested positive: 29,840 ( +100 ) 
  • Number of hospitalised cases today: 4 
  • Number of hospitalised cases cumulative in Switzerland: 3732
  • Number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 13
  • Total number of deaths reported today in Switzerland: 1537
For more information: 

30.04.2020 – Federal Announcement – “How we protect ourselves” is changed to pink to reflect new stage

The Federal Office of Public Health is adjusting its campaign to protect against the coronavirus with a switch from red to pink as its primary colour.

With the first loosening of the rules to protect the population from the new coronavirus, some things are allowed again and some like keep your distance, wash your hands thoroughly, sneeze in the crook of your arm stay the same.

The federal government adjusts the basic color of the “How we protect ourselves” campaign. “Pink” now applies. This means that all hygiene and behavioral rules still apply. “Keeping distance” is still the most important rule, hygiene measures remain central.

To celebrate this change we will reveal the new designs from May 1st or you can download them yourself. 

Read press release in full:

BAG.admin.ch – Federal Office for Public Health 

30.04.2020 – Zurich relaxes rules on visiting relatives in altersheims – retirement homes and care homes 

As of today, April 30, 2020, the ban on visits to Zurich’s retirement and nursing homes will be relaxed and converted into a visit regulation.

In compliance with hygiene and distance regulations, the homes can set up specially designated visitor zones. This should make it possible for relatives and friends to visit the residents in these institutions again.

To better protect older people, the Health Department ordered a visit to retirement and nursing homes on March 12, 2020.

The ban on visits was valid from March 13, 2020 until April 30, 2020.

Older people are particularly affected by COVID-19. Around 62 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the Canton of Zurich relate to residents of retirement and nursing homes.

As of yesterday, April 29, 2020, 119 people who tested positive for the coronavirus died in the canton of Zurich. 74 of them lived in a retirement or a nursing home, 44 died in the hospital and one person at home.

These figures show that older, vulnerable people still need special protection.

The situation in the homes is stressful for all concerned – residents, nursing staff and relatives.

As the general situation with new infections improves, as of today, April 30, 2020, easing of the ban on visits to retirement and nursing homes is possible, provided the regulations are observed.

The Health Department has listed the criteria according to which the home management can enable visits in the leaflet on “Visitation regulations in old people’s and nursing homes.”

The contents were checked and approved by a specialist committee consisting of representatives from the Health Directorate, the Association of Mayors, Curaviva, Senesuisse, doctors, hygiene experts and the Cantonal Management Organization (KFO).

Among other things, visitor zones can be set up from today. In these areas, visitors are separated from the residents by means of suitable devices (e.g. glass, plexiglass).

Accompanied by Federal Councilor Alain Berset and City Councilor Andreas Hauri, Health Director Natalie Rickli is visiting an old town nursing center home in central Zurich this afternoon.

There they will take a look at the new visiting box that will enable people to receive their relatives and friends in the retirement and nursing home again.

Source Zurich Canton Health Department media release in German

 

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