COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland

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COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland
COVID-19 Outbreak Cases in Switzerland by Canton.svg
Map of cantons in Switzerland by number of confirmed cases (as of 9 May)[1]
  1-99 cases
  100-499 cases
  500-999 cases
  1,000-2,499 cases
  2,500+ cases
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSwitzerland
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China via Milan, Italy
Index caseLugano, Ticino
Arrival date25 February 2020
(1 year, 3 months, 3 weeks and 1 day)
Confirmed cases30,380[2][3]
Recovered26,800[3]
Deaths
1,845[2][3]
Government website
BAG Schweiz

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Switzerland on 25 February 2020 when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed following a COVID-19 outbreak in Italy.

Cases[change | change source]

The first case was a 70-year-old man in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino which borders Italy, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The man had previously visited Milan.[4][5] Afterwards, multiple cases related to the Italy areas were discovered in multiple cantons, including Basel-City, Zürich, and Graubünden.[6][7][8]

Multiple isolated cases not related to the Italy clusters were also confirmed.[9]

Response[change | change source]

On 28 February, the national government, the Federal Council, banned all events with more than 1,000 participants. On 16 March, schools and most shops were closed nationwide, and on 20 March, all gatherings of more than five people in public spaces were banned. The government also put restrictions on border crossings. They also announced economic support measures worth 40 billion Swiss francs.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Cas d'infection au Sars-CoV-2 en Suisse" (in French). Tribune de Genève. 18 March 2020. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/situation-schweiz-und-international.html#-6104062
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Cas d'infection au Sars-CoV-2 en Suisse".
  4. "Erster bestätigter Fall in der Schweiz" (in German). Blick. 25 February 2020. Archived from the original on 27 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  5. "BREAKING: Switzerland confirms first case of coronavirus". The Local. 25 February 2020. Archived from the original on 27 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  6. "Coronavirus cases spreading in Switzerland". Swissinfo. Archived from the original on 27 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  7. "Informationen zum Coronavirus". www.gr.ch. Archived from the original on 27 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  8. "Swiss coronavirus cases rise to nine as children placed in precautionary quarantine". Reuters. 2020-02-27. Archived from the original on 28 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  9. "Google employee who was at Zurich office tests positive for coronavirus". finance.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 28 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  10. NZZ-Redaktion. "Coronavirus in der Schweiz: die neusten Entwicklungen". Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-20.