Category Archive: 3) Swiss Markets and News

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Second Covid Wave in Europe, Rest of the World still Unaffected

The second wave of the Coronavirus is currently raging in Europe. The attached image shows the number of newly infected people in European countries on a linear scale. In particular in the Czech republic, but also in Switzerland, France or Spain, one can see a tendency of exponential growth.

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Coronavirus: rapid tests prove reliable, according to Swiss study

SARS-CoV-2 tests that give results in 15 minutes scored well on sensitivity, according to a study by Unisanté in Lausanne, Switzerland. The tests, which involve taking a sample of nasal secretions from the back of the nose and throat, test for a protein present in the virus.

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The Catholic Swiss nun who wants to end celibacy

Florentina Camartin is a retired catholic nun who took a vow of celibacy. When a young priest in Brigels, her eastern Swiss community, had to leave the church for love, she began her crusade for celibacy reform. She collected over 5,000 signatures and got the petition translated into Italian, so that she could send the bundle to Pope Francis in Rome. --- swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its...

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Coronavirus: 14,000 new cases reported this week in Switzerland

On 16 October 2020, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) reported 3,105 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection over 24 hours, bringing the reported weekly total to 14,054, a figure 135% higher than the week before.

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Coronavirus: new rules from tomorrow as cases rise fast in Switzerland

On 18 October 2020, after an extraordinary meeting, Switzerland’s Federal Council announced masks would become mandatory across all of Switzerland. In addition, certain gatherings of more than 15 people are to be banned and employers are required to follow recommendations for staff to work from home.

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Swiss economy to slide less than feared, according to new forecast

An updated forecast published this week by the Switzerland’s federal government is less negative than forecasters feared in the middle of the year.

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Zug and Geneva boost attractiveness with corporate tax cuts

Canton Geneva has made the biggest jump in the annual Credit Suisse ranking of attractive business locations, moving up ten spots to sit just behind Zurich.

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Coronavirus: tough restrictions needed to avoid deaths, says WHO director

Tough restrictions are absolutely necessary to save lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned, as a second Covid-19 wave emerges in Europe.

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Roche poised to launch mass Covid testing

Swiss drug firm Roche says it is to launch a new Covid-19 antigen test before the end of the year, allowing faster, higher-volume testing. One of the most potent use cases could be at airports to ease the severe restrictions on air transport.

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Coronavirus: masks sold in Switzerland fail basic tests

Only 4 out of the 16 masks sold in Switzerland that were tested passed all three tests conducted by a textile testing company, according to RTS.

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Coronavirus: contact tracers now unable to cope in parts of Switzerland

In parts of Switzerland contact tracers can no longer cope with the rising numbers of cases, according the newspaper SonntagsZeitung. Contact tracers have the task of identifying who has been in contact with people testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, contacting those people and requesting they test and self isolate in order to break chains of infection.

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Banks making slow progress on diversity issues

A recent story from the New York Times implied that the resignation of Ivory Coast-born Tidjane Thiam at the helm of Credit Suisse earlier this year had racist undertones, and he was the only Black CEO among the world’s biggest banks. How does the banking world – especially Credit Suisse – address the issue of diversity among its ranks?

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Swiss return frozen CHF36 million to South American football federation

Swiss authorities have returned about CHF36.6 million ($40 million) in funds frozen in Swiss bank accounts amid football corruption investigations into the South American football confederation CONMEBOL.

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Doing good feels good.

UBS Helpetica: the volunteering network for more sustainability. Support an environmental project or submit an idea. https://ubs-helpetica.ch/

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Fare del bene fa bene.

UBS Helpetica: la rete di volontari per una maggiore sostenibilità. Sostenete un progetto ambientalista o inoltrate la vostra idea. https://ubs-helpetica.ch/

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Doing good feels good.

UBS Helpetica: the volunteering network for more sustainability. Support an entrepreneurial project or submit an idea. https://ubs-helpetica.ch/

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Doing good feels good.

UBS Helpetica: the volunteering network for more sustainability. Support an social project or submit an idea. https://ubs-helpetica.ch/

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Gutes tun tut gut.

UBS Helpetica: das Freiwilligen-Netzwerk für mehr Nachhaltigkeit. Unterstützen Sie ein Bildungsprojekt oder reichen Sie Ihre Idee ein. https://ubs-helpetica.ch/

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Fare del bene fa bene.

UBS Helpetica: la rete di volontari per una maggiore sostenibilità. Sostenete un progetto educativo o inoltrate la vostra idea. https://ubs-helpetica.ch/

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Faire le bien et bien le faire.

UBS Helpetica: le réseau de bénévoles pour plus de durabilité. Soutenez un projet de formation ou soumettez-nous votre idée. https://ubs-helpetica.ch/

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