Switzerland apparently at the start of a fourth wave

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The numbers in Switzerland indicate the beginning of a fourth wave: In Switzerland, with a population of 8.5 million, and in Liechtenstein, 3,150 new infections were reported to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) today within 24 hours. A week ago Tuesday, there were 1,910 new cases.

“Since July, hospital admissions have increased tenfold,” a FOPH spokesperson reported. About a quarter of PCR tests were positive today. Switzerland last recorded such high numbers last year during the second wave, which resulted in closures and many CoV measures.

The new variants would have led to a greater increase in case numbers than previously thought, given the current vaccination rate. This new dynamic began in early August, he said. That’s when the “turnaround” began, he said. “But it’s not just the number of cases that is increasing significantly, it’s also the number of hospital admissions,” the spokesman said. This is worrying, he said, as hospital overload must be prevented at all costs.

Experts gave little hope to media in Bern that this exponential growth will be slowed down again in the near future. The circumstances are unfavorable: people are returning from vacation, children and young people are going back to school. And even if many people were to opt for vaccination today, it takes six weeks from the first vaccination to full vaccine protection.

  • source: ORF.at/agencies/picture: pixabay.com

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