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Covid, Nov6: 62 new deaths as hospitalisations rise in Switzerland

Deaths because of and with Covid19

On 5 November 2020, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) reported 62 deaths among laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid over 24 hours, bringing the total death toll since summer to 606.

Current daily deaths are not far from the peak level reached during the first wave over spring, according to FOPH data.

Total deaths in Switzerland since the beginning of the pandemic have reached 2,622, of which 2,337 were laboratory confirmed.

Daily Deaths by Covid19 Switzerland 06 November 2020



In addition, FOPH reported a further 399 hospitalisations over 24 hours. There are currently 3,428 Covid-19 patients in hospitals across Switzerland, according to FOPH figures published by RTS.

Across Switzerland, 23% (241) of Switzerland’s intensive care capacity remains available at this stage, according to SRF. However, patient demand is not evenly spread across the country. Currently, it is hospitals in French-speaking Switzerland that are under strain. Geneva’s HUG hospital has been transferring patients to hospitals in Bern and Zurich, and Lausanne’s CHUV hospital has been sending patients to Bern, according to RTS.

French-speaking Switzerland is relying on these hospitals to take any overload. However, the authorities in Zurich are now concerned by the rising number of hospitalisations, which they said could quadruple within two weeks.

Change in Hospitalisation Switzerland 2020 Nov 06


New Infections

The number of new recorded infections in Switzerland continues to rise. On 5 November 2020, daily reported new cases hit a record 10,128, bringing the total to 202,504. Test positivity over the last 24 hours was 26%.

Yesterday, the cantons of Vaud and Fribourg followed Jura and Neuchâtel and closed bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas and sports centres. Unlike in Geneva, retailers remain open in Vaud, which has led to a rise in the number of Geneva residents shopping in neighbouring Vaud. Vaud has banned gatherings of more than 5, including political demonstrations. Schools remain open.

New Infections Switzerland 2020 November 06


Covid19 in Europe

The following represents the situation in Europe.

In this graph Switzerland is grey, but it should be red given that the 14day rate per 100.000 is higher than 240.

14-day COVID-19 case notification rate per 100 000, weeks 42-43

14-day COVID-19 case notification rate per 100 000, weeks 42-43

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On 5 November 2020, Switzerland’s 14-day infection rate was 1,161 per 100,000.

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George Dorgan (penname) predicted the end of the EUR/CHF peg at the CFA Society and at many occasions on and on this blog. Several Swiss and international financial advisors support the site. These firms aim to deliver independent advice from the often misleading mainstream of banks and asset managers. George is FinTech entrepreneur, financial author and alternative economist. He speak seven languages fluently.
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