“Frustrating”, “senseless waiting”: Scientists from the Corona Task Force on course...

The Federal Council wants to wait until next Wednesday before deciding on further tightening. This has brought him harsh criticism from scientists who advise him on coping with the pandemic.

Criticism via Twitter: The Bern epidemiologist Christian Althaus.


The Covid-19 task force was too tame, this newspaper commented almost two weeks ago. You fail to tell the authorities and the public what measures are needed now. Tempi passati. On Twitter, individual members are shooting sharply against the country’s political leadership. Christian Althaus cannot understand that the Federal Council did not impose a more rigid corona rate at its Wednesday meeting and wants to wait until next week to see how the latest measures will affect. The professor of epidemiology at the University of Bern criticized it on Twitter: It takes at least two weeks for the effect of a measure to be apparent. So you won’t see anything next Wednesday anyway. What is this pointless waiting for?

“Frustrating,” tweeted the Bernese epidemiology professor Matthias Egger, who previously presided over the task force. The reason: As early as the summer, when the number of cases rose again exponentially, the task force called for immediate action.

At the beginning of July she was alarmed and directed urgent recommendations and measures to politicians and the population, for example to avoid clubs, discos and bars. The Basel epidemiologist Emma Hodcroft described short lockdowns in a tweet as a good way to curb the spread of the virus if the situation gets out of hand. “Exactly,” commented Egger. The Federal Council is currently examining such mini lockdowns.

Matthias Egger was the first president of the national Covid-19 task force.

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Nicola Low, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bern, tweeted to Federal Councilor Alain Berset and Lukas Engelberger, President of the Conference of Cantonal Health Directors: “The number of cases rose exponentially in the summer. They are now increasing exponentially because we didn’t act then. ” Christian Althaus is meanwhile surprised by Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter, who, according to the “Tages-Anzeiger”, first wants to know what costs the individual lockdown variants cause: “Um, wouldn’t the Federal Council have six months to prepare these bills?”

Zurich does without stricter rules

On Friday, the Federal Office of Public Health reported 6,634 laboratory-confirmed new infections and 117 additional hospital admissions. A press conference is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. in the federal media center. At 12 noon, the Zurich government announced that it would not decide to tighten the rules for the time being.

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