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01 avr. 2020 | 13h57 UTC

Switzerland: Over 16,500 COVID-19 cases reported April 1 /update 6

Switzerland Alerte de sécurité

More than 16,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in the country as of April 1; take precautions against virus

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/4/2020, 12h00 until 30/4/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Zurich). COUNTRY/REGION Switzerland

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Event

As of Wednesday, April 1, there are 16,605 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Switzerland, including 433 deaths and 2967 recoveries. Swiss authorities barred the entry of foreign nationals into the country except for those with valid residency permits, Liechtenstein citizens, cross-border employees, those transiting with an onward ticket within the same day (not overnight), and those with "compelling reasons."

Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia. 

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:  

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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