Switzerland exceeds 1,000 dead
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread across the country as authorities call on people to stay home over the Easter weekend.
Switzerland crossed the thousand mark on Friday due to the Covid-19 lung disease caused by the coronavirus, according to a count made by Keystone-ATS. The population is called to stay at home during the Easter holidays.
Authorities have stepped up calls in recent days to stay at home to curb the spread of the epidemic. Traffic to the south was greatly reduced and, once is not customary, there was no traffic jam at Gotthard on Good Friday.
Some travelers to Ticino were even convinced by the police to turn back. Since Wednesday, the cantonal police of Uri have stopped about 300 vehicles a day. Most of the drivers understood the call not to go to Ticino, but gave important reasons for continuing their journey. A small part of them still agreed to go back in the opposite direction.
In a press release, the Ticino cantonal driving staff informed it of a 90% drop in traffic on the A2 motorway, with a 75% drop for Confederate vehicles (excluding Ticino and Graubünden). Figures that correspond to those observed in the past four weeks.
Fonts rely on dialogue
Over the next few days, the Ticino authorities will continue to carry out checks throughout the canton to avoid gatherings and the practice of risky sports. The police will rely on dialogue, but may also punish those who violate cantonal and federal rules. The goal is to avoid adding to the pressure on the health care system.
The population has generally respected the measures of social distancing, according to the police services of different cantons. This involves in particular keeping a distance of two meters and avoiding gatherings of more than five people.
On the other hand, people were less respectful of the main message which asked them to stay at home, regretted a spokeswoman for the Vaud cantonal police. Many people went out to enjoy the good weather in the canton of Vaud, but they at least respected the rules and the number of denunciations did not increase sharply on Friday, said the spokeswoman.
In the canton of Neuchâtel, the police distributed a dozen fines on Friday morning at Creux-du-Van. « Overall, everything is going pretty well, people seem to follow the instructions, » said a spokesperson for Keystone-ATS.
« But there are many bikers on the roads, » he sighed. « It is true that it is only recommended not to drive, not prohibited, » he admitted. To avoid crowds, the canton of Neuchâtel has prohibited motorable access routes to the tourist sites of Creux-du-Van and the Gorges de l’Areuse.
The cantonal police of St. Gallen had to intervene approximately 52 times between Thursday and Friday morning. Most of these were private barbecues in the afternoon or evening. In most cases, people were following the measures, the police said in a statement.
In Zurich too, the rules were well respected, despite numerous barbecues, said a spokesman for the municipal police. Only a few interventions resulted in a fine, but the police above all favored dialogue. In Bern, many people took advantage of the good weather to go for a walk, but keeping the safety distances. Only a few fines were distributed.
High incidence rate
Switzerland still has one of the highest incidences in Europe with an average of 283 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Since the first laboratory-confirmed case of Covid-19 on February 24, the number of cases has continued to increase.
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, 3.9% of coronavirus patients in Switzerland die from Covid-19, or 11 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. By way of comparison, 12.7% of people infected with the coronavirus in Italy have died so far, i.e. 30 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. In Spain, 10% of those infected died (33 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants). (nxp / ats)