Coronavirus in Switzerland

Old Mar 20th, 2020, 10:12 AM
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Update:
Numbers by area:
Lake Geneva area (GE, VD, Haute Savoie): 1600
Valais: 240
Neuchatel and Fribourg: 240
Berne: 290
Basel area, Swiss side (BS, BL, JU, SO, AG): 700
Basel area, French side: 800
Basel area, German side: 20
Zurich, Thurgau, St. Gallen: 1000
Vorarlberg: 180
Central Switzerland: 240
Grischun: 150
Italian Bernina area: 180
Ticino: 660
Lake Como area: 400
Italian Lake Maggiore area: 400
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46 dead people in Switzerland
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Old Mar 23rd, 2020, 02:18 AM
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In this morning's Nouvelliste (French speaking Valais paper) it is reported that there are 60+ cases in Verbier and the surrounding Val de Bagnes. Local doctors are requesting that the area be quarantined - I suppose sealed off. I have known for a few days now that Verbier itself is a "hot spot" but had no idea of the actual number of recorded cases. Dr Sabine Popescu - a Verbier-based doctor - is quoted in the article as saying that there are many more cases that have not been recorded...which is probably true anywhere.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2020, 09:50 AM
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Who is setting the response? National politicians or are they relying on cantons to set policy?
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Old Mar 23rd, 2020, 11:25 PM
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The Federal Council is setting the policy for the entire country. Cantons have some margin to act locally but basically the policy is coming from the centre. Quick reminder here that the Conseil Federal is multi-party - 7 members, 2 socialists (including this year's President of the country and the Health Minister), 2 UDC/Swiss Peoples' Party which is the right wing party (including the Vice President who will be President next year), 2 Liberal-Radicals, 1 Christian Democrat. This is collegial government. They all work together. It is very Swiss and I doubt would work in another country.
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Old Mar 24th, 2020, 05:23 AM
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Infected people are not entitled to leave their homes anyway, with or without the closure of the road and the railway line at Sembrancher.
BTW: Switzerland has actually 9500 officially infected people (peak of the iceberg) and 125 dead people. The figures for the Canton of Valais are 500 and 12.
https://www.derbund.ch/unia-fordert-...t-998964658456
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Old Mar 24th, 2020, 06:04 AM
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Update:
Numbers by area:
Lake Geneva area (GE, VD, Haute Savoie): 400
Valais: 500
Neuchatel and Fribourg: 450
Berne: 550
Basel area, Swiss side (BS, BL, JU, SO, AG): 1200
Basel area, French side: 1100
Basel area, German side: 20
Zurich, Thurgau, St. Gallen: 1600
Vorarlberg: 400
Tyrol (North and South):2200
Central Switzerland: 400
Grischun: 300
Italian Bernina area: 200
Ticino: 1250
Lake Como area: 500
Italian Lake Maggiore area: 400
Bergamo: 6000
Brescia: 5000
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125 dead people in Switzerland
900 dead people in France
2700 dead people in Spain
6000 dead people in Italy
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Old Mar 24th, 2020, 08:33 AM
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Germany has a relatively low death toll, despite high number of cases.

It's believed that the infection in Italy originated with a German citizen who had come in contact with someone who had been in Shanghai.

There's a theory that the Italians had the misfortune of a more virulent strain taking hold in their country.
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Old Mar 24th, 2020, 11:35 PM
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I am not sure about the last theory because it seems that the virus we have here in Switzerland came from Italy...but what IS true is that around 19 February there was a major football game held in Bergamo. Some 40'000 (or more) attended the match. And the virus, it seems, spread amongst those people AND the people working in public transport and restaurants etc in the region.
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Old Mar 25th, 2020, 10:04 AM
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Update:
Numbers by area:
Lake Geneva area (GE, VD, Haute Savoie): 4400
Valais: 550
Neuchatel and Fribourg: 550
Berne: 650
Basel area, Swiss side (BS, BL, JU, SO, AG): 1300
Basel area, French side: 1100
Basel area, German side: 40
Zurich, Thurgau, St. Gallen: 1900
Vorarlberg: 400
Tyrol (North and South):2200
Central Switzerland: 600
Grischun: 350
Italian Bernina area: 250
Ticino: 1400
Lake Como area: 600
Italian Lake Maggiore area: 400
Bergamo: 6500
Brescia: 5500
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150 dead people in Switzerland
1100 dead people in France
3500 dead people in Spain
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Old Mar 26th, 2020, 12:05 AM
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NeckarVD - look at your own numbers! The largest groups of infections are in the cantons bordering on Italy and France. Here in the VS we have a large number of frontaliers coming every day from Italy. The number in Ticino is huge - as in Geneva - from France and Basel area - from France and Germany. The Germans seem to have things more or less under control. The French - far less so.
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Old Mar 27th, 2020, 02:17 AM
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Hambagahle:
You are right, indeed.
May be not necessarily for VS, however, as neither Aosta Valley nor Verbania-Cusio-Ossola are real virus spreaders.

Valais: 700 infected people (number of healed people not known)
Swiss COVID19 Tracker
Valleée d'Aoste: 378 actually infected people
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola: 255 cases (healed and deads included)
Covid-19 - Situazione in Italia

I don't know the datas for the Chablais savoyard, however.
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I haven't seen data for the Chablais français either. Seems though that there are a fair number of commuters who come through the tunnel to this part of the Valais (Martigny region) and many more coming to the Lonza factory etc in Visp.

However - the start of the outbreak in Verbier "coincided" with the last wave of February skiers - who were Italian and for the most part from in and around Milan. People who live in Crans report that there are still a lot of Italians there - living in their secondary residences though Crans has not - yet - become the "hot spot" that Verbier is. I wonder why...
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Old May 26th, 2020, 12:33 AM
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Switzerland was down to 10 new infections yesterday.
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Great news.
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......9 of them in the greater Zurich area and 1 at Fribourg.
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......9 of them in the greater Zurich area and 1 at Fribourg.
Today even better - only 8 new infections reported for 26 May and 2 deaths. Infections : 1 in Vaud, 1 in Luzern, 1 in the Valais, 2 in the Ticino and 3 in Zürich. Right now there are only 394 people in hospital with the virus in the entire country.
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What exactly constitutes a "new infection?" Someone testing positive? Someone testing positive but exhibiting no symptoms? Someone admitted to a hospital with symptoms? Someone exhibiting new symptoms but not requiring hopsitalization? How many previously positive persons have been re-tested?
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Old May 27th, 2020, 04:17 AM
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A new infection means someone who has tested positive.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...rnational.html
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Old May 27th, 2020, 07:09 AM
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Which begs the question, how much testing is occurring every day... Has it increased or decreased over the past few weeks?

Without knowing the testing situation, the "new cases" datum is a bit meaningless. If the testing has slowed down, per force the number of detected cases would go down.

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Old May 27th, 2020, 07:44 AM
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Testing is available to anyone who may be showing signs of the virus or has been in contact with someone with the virus. Statistics are created from the data reported. Take a look at the link above which may help you understand the information we've been given.
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