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Covid, November 16: 198 deaths in Switzerland over weekend as infection rate slows

Deaths because of and with Covid19

Over the last 72 hours, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) reported 198 deaths among laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases, bringing the death toll to 1,427 since summer and 3,158 since the beginning of the year.

Total Covid-19 deaths in Switzerland since the beginning of the pandemic have now reached 3,496 of which 3,158 were laboratory confirmed infections.


At 4,000, the number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients remains high in Switzerland, based on figures published by RTS. During the first wave, this figure peaked at 2,409.

Scaling back regular hospital operations has so far allowed Swiss hospitals, in aggregate, to avoid intensive care overload. Currently, 75% of current intensive care capacity (1,130 places) is being used, according to SRF.

New Infections

At the same time, progress has been made on slowing the spread of the virus. Over the last 72 hours, FOPH reported an average daily 4,280 new confirmed infections, a figure far below the 10,128 daily cases reported on 5 November 2020.

Lower new daily case numbers are reflected in lower infection rates. On 16 November 2020, Switzerland’s 14-day infection rate was 1,036 per 100,000.

Daily average tests over the last 72 hours were 19,918 (59,784 total). Test positivity was 21%. Daily test numbers reported on Mondays are typically lower that during the rest of the week. Daily tests averaged 29,975 over the four days to last Friday. The weekend before daily tests averaged 24,610.

Cases in Schweiz

Cases in Schweiz

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As of 16 November 2020, 10 727 551 cases have been reported in the EU/EEA and the UK: France (1 981 827), Spain (1 458 591), United Kingdom (1 369 318), Italy (1 178 529), Germany (801 327), Poland (712 972), Belgium (535 843), Czechia (460 116), Netherlands (447 335), Romania (360 281), Portugal (217 301), Austria (203 494), Sweden (177 355), Hungary (147 456), Bulgaria (98 251), Slovakia (86 767), Croatia (84 206), Greece (74 205), Ireland (67 903), Denmark (62 136), Slovenia (55 042), Lithuania (34 758), Norway (27 226), Luxembourg (26 544), Finland (19 315), Latvia (10 547), Malta (7 917), Estonia (7 637), Cyprus (7 178), Iceland (5 189) and Liechtenstein (985).

13-day COVID-19 case notification rate per 100 000

13-day COVID-19 case notification rate 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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