Coronavirus – Simonetta Sommaruga calls on the population to react to...

At a press conference this Thursday after a meeting with representatives of the cantons, the President of the Confederation declared that the health situation is “serious” and stressed the importance of curbing the rise in infections.

Posted today at 11:45 am

Simonetta Sommaruga describes the situation in connection with the coronavirus as “serious”. It calls on the population to react and pull themselves together.

“We have a lot to gain, but only if we all do it together,” Simonetta Sommaruga told media on Thursday after a meeting with representatives of the cantons. “The faster we react, the fewer restrictions there will be on the population, the economy, families and groups at risk.”

It is important to break the strong upward trend in infections, noted the President of the Confederation. The next step is to prevent further spread of the virus. Everyone should follow the basic rules of hand washing, maintaining social distancing, and wearing a mask.

“We knew that winter would be difficult”

Switzerland is facing a very sharp increase in coronavirus cases. The situation is deteriorating more quickly than elsewhere, warned the Minister of Health Alain Berset on Thursday to the press.

“We knew that the winter would be difficult,” said the Federal Councilor. The sharp rise in coronavirus cases expected, however, has come faster and more strongly. For eight days, there have been more than 1,000 new cases daily. And the positivity rate is between 12 and 13%, which is four times more than two weeks ago. All age groups are affected.

Hospitalizations are under control, but also on the rise, he continued. Comparing with the situation in other countries, a much larger increase is to come.

Keep the situation under control

To keep the situation under control, avoid the overload of hospitals and the closure of the country, we must seriously apply social distancing and hygiene measures, as well as reduce contact, recalled Alain Berset. Contact tracing is also essential. And the Minister recalled the importance of the Swiss Covid application in this context.

Additional measures could be taken. They will be discussed during a meeting between the Confederation and the cantons scheduled for Friday. Some cantons have already strengthened their control system. This notably concerns the obligation to wear a mask in closed public spaces.


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