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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Switzerland - Statistics & Facts

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thus far largely defined 2020. COVID-19 is the official name for the coronavirus disease. The first confirmed cases were registered in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in the Hubei province, in November 2019. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The virus has not been identified in humans before, consequently prior treatment had not been and still is not available. A vaccine to combat the disease also does not exist yet. The World Health Organisation (WHO) classified the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Research continues on an international level to come up with a cure.

Switzerland has been recording rising coronavirus (COVID-19) case numbers, with daily spikes being registered since March 2020. The country has 26 cantons, which are the member states of the Swiss Confederation, with canton groups building the four regional language areas Switzerland is known for: German, French, Italian and Romansh. Currently, the Swiss canton most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) is the French-speaking Vaud. Geneva had the highest infection rate per 100,000 people.

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. While trust in political leadership during the epidemic varied, based on further surveys, 40 percent of respondents strongly trusted government authorities. The population also 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 include, 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 have been implemented to prevent further spread of the disease and overloading health services in the event of rising hospital admissions, but they also have 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 either a small increase or a fall for 2020. It is difficult to determine how much time businesses will need to recuperate from losses as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, because it is still unlcear how long the current state of reduced or complete inactivity will continue. Businesses in the Swiss tourism sector, for example, are concerned about bankruptcy.

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