Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Switzerland - statistics & facts
The World Health Organisation (WHO) classified the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Research for a cure did lead to a breakthrough. The BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine, a joint venture between Germany and the U.S., was approved by Switzerland on December 19 and shortly after, on December 21, by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission. Voluntary vaccination began throughout the country at the end of December that year.
In 2020, the Swiss government declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. According to surveys, the majority of the population agreed with this decision. Based on surveys conducted during 2020 and 2021, trust in political leadership during the epidemic varied. Still, back in 2020, the population agreed with rules of conduct introduced and repeatedly recommended to help contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country, following them both in their professional and personal lives. These rules included, as in other countries affected by COVID-19, washing hands thoroughly, keeping a physical distance when around other people and avoiding handshakes.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to closures of public venues, entertainment locations, schools, universities, hospitality and gastronomy businesses, as well as travel restrictions and closed borders within Europe. These measures had been implemented to prevent further spread of the disease and overloading health services in the event of rising hospital admissions, but they also had wide-reaching economic consequences, with experts already making predictions for the future. The situation is a dynamic one and continues to change daily, therefore it is not always possible to give a fixed, long-term estimate. Still, Swiss GDP growth forecasts by various sources list an increase for 2022. It is difficult to determine how much time businesses will need to recuperate from losses.
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