Covid cases still rising but Swiss government unfazed

More than one in two Covid tests are currently showing up positive in Switzerland. © Keystone/Christian Beutler

The Swiss authorities have recorded a steep increase in new confirmed Covid infections but the situation in hospitals is under control.

This content was published on March 9, 2022 minutes

More than 33,750 tested positive for Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, the Federal Office of Public Health said on Wednesday.

This brings the seven-day average to just over 23,100 cases – an increase of 47% on the previous week.

It is assumed that the real number of new but not officially recorded infections is much higher, according to experts.

Covid-related hospital admissions remained relatively stable at 146 cases over the past 24 hours, the health office reported.

On Tuesday, Interior Minister Alain Berset told journalists that the recent hike in cases was to be expected but there was no cause for alarm, as the situation in hospitals was under control.

Berset himself was tested positive for Covid on Wednesday, according to a government statement. He cancelled a planned visit to New York to attend a meeting of the United Nations body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.  

The Swiss government lifted most Covid-related health restrictions at the beginning of February.

The two remaining measures – the wearing of hygiene masks in public transport and a five-day isolation period for Covid patients – are to be lifted at the end of March.

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