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15 mai 2020 | 02h32 UTC

Switzerland: Over 30,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in country as of May 14 /update 11

Switzerland Alerte de sécurité

Swiss authorities report over 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide as of May 14; further spread of the virus expected over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 14/5/2020, 12h00 until 6/6/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Zurich). COUNTRY/REGION Switzerland

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Event

Swiss health officials have recorded 30,463 confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and 1872 associated deaths in the country as of Thursday, May 14.

Public transport in Switzerland has resumed operational services on a restricted schedule, while some regional train services are on regular timetables 7. Hospitals have been permitted to conduct all procedures, including elective surgeries, while massage parlors, salons, and hairdressers are also allowed to resume operations. Shops, markets, and compulsory schools were reopened as of Monday, May 11, while universities, secondary, and vocational schools will be allowed to reopen from Monday, June 8. Events of more than 1000 people remain banned until Monday, August 31, to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Swiss government's entry restrictions on all Schengen and non-Schengen states remain in effect and apply to all flights and land borders. Citizens of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, individuals with a Swiss residence permit, and individuals embarking on work-related or emergency travel to Switzerland will still be allowed to enter the country. Travelers may transit through Switzerland and the movement of goods will not be affected by the measures.

Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

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 COVID-19 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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