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Covid, November 24: Switzerland’s infection rate continued to slow over the weekend

Over the weekend, Switzerland averaged 3,250 new daily recorded cases (9,751 over 72 hours). This represents a significant drop from the daily peak of 10,128 cases reported on 5 November 2020.

The 7-day moving average number of new cases in Switzerland is currently more than 40% below the peak around 2.5 weeks ago.

Cases in Schweiz, November 24

Cases in Schweiz, November 24

Source: corona-data.ch - Click to enlarge

At the same time Switzerland’s hospitals remain under pressure and the death rate remains high. On 23 November 2020, there were 3,726 patients hospitalised, only 9% down from the peak of 4,093 recorded a week ago. Intensive care numbers remained roughly unchanged over the weekend – 533 were reported on Monday, 23 November 2020 and there were 534 on Friday.

Over the last 72 hours a further 213 deaths were reported. Last Monday, 198 deaths were reported. The 7-day moving average is currently around 100 deaths a day.

Since summer, 2,240 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Switzerland, of which 2,057 are laboratory-confirmed cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic 4,124 people have died, of which 3,788 were laboratory-confirmed.

The cantons with the highest infection rates are the same ones as on Friday. Geneva (1,349), Vaud (1,250) and Fribourg (1,236) have 14-day infection rates well above the rest of Switzerland, which has a rate of 793. The rate in Zurich is 617 per 100,000 – all data from FOPH.

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