Switzerland recorded 514 new cases of Covid-19 contamination on Wednesday in 24 hours, according to the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP). Eighteen patients were hospitalized and seven people died.
Switzerland has once again crossed the 500-case mark. This had already been the case on Friday with 528 announcements. Before, this had not happened since April.
During the last 24 hours, the results of 17,861 tests have been transmitted, indicates the FOPH. The positivity rate stands at 2.87% Wednesday; it was 2.9% Tuesday. Over the past seven days, the positivity rate was 3.8%.
Since the start of the pandemic, the total number of deaths has risen to 1,755 and the number of people hospitalized has reached 4,709. In total, 48,265 cases of Covid-19 contamination have been confirmed in the laboratory out of 1,221,858 tests. carried out in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
The country has 2,034 people in isolation, and 5,737 people in their contacts have been quarantined. There are 7,075 other people returning from a trip from a country at risk and who also had to go through the quarantine box.
Tracing capabilities to its limits
Cantons, such as Geneva, seem to be at the limit of their contact tracing capacities. Questioned by Keystone-ATS on Tuesday, the FOPH said that the Confederation did not currently intend to lend them a hand in this area.
In addition, Switzerland now meets the criteria it has set itself to determine the countries at risk, with quarantine requirements on entry: 60 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days. According to data from the FOPH on Wednesday, this figure stands at 61.1.
More than 450 alarms via SwissCovid
As for the SwissCovid application, it was actively used by 1.62 million people on Tuesday, according to the website of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) consulted on Wednesday. The users were 1.62 million Monday and 1.63 million Sunday.
Infected people can enter a code into the app, which then alerts all app users who have been in contact with the infected person for more than 15 minutes in the previous days. According to the OFS website, the latest updated information indicates that 65 codes of this type were entered on Monday and that 453 alarms were received in the week leading up to Monday.