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Coronavirus Switzerland

Coronavirus Switzerland closes schools:


Faced with the coronavirus epidemic, Switzerland, like France and Italy, has decided to close schools. In less than 20 days, more than 1,125 people were infected in the country.

Switzerland adopted exceptional measures against the new coronavirus on Friday, closing its schools, banning gatherings of more than 100 people and pledging economic emergency aid of up to 10 billion Swiss francs (9.5 billion euros) ).

The situation is difficult but we have the means to deal with it medically and financially, said Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga at a press conference.

The first case of coronavirus was detected in late February in the canton of Ticino, bordering Italy, the most affected country in Europe.

In less than 20 days, more than 1,125 people were infected with coronavirus in Switzerland and seven died from it.

Switzerland, which is not a member of the EU but is part of the Schengen area, decided on Friday to reintroduce, with immediate effect and on a case-by-case basis, Schengen controls at all its borders.

Besides, entry to Switzerland from Italy is now only allowed to Swiss citizens, people with a residence permit in Switzerland as well as those who have to travel to Switzerland for professional reasons. Transit and transport of goods remain authorized.

There is no particular reason to be afraid, the situation is serious and we know how to best respond to it, said Minister of Health Alain Berset, during the press conference organized in the federal capital, Bern. The measures we decided on this morning will only be effective if everyone applies them, he added.

Faced with the rapid spread of the coronavirus, which is present in almost all of the country's 26 cantons, Switzerland has taken measures to promote social isolation.

Avoid public transport for coronavirus:


It prohibits demonstrations by more than 100 people from now until the end of April. This rule also applies to leisure centres, museums, sports centres, swimming pools and ski resorts.

Restaurants, bars and nightclubs cannot accommodate more than 50 customers at the same time. Schools can no longer give lessons directly to students (until April 4), a measure also taken by other neighbouring countries such as France, Italy and more recently Liechtenstein.

But the government is asking parents not to leave the children with their grandparents to avoid endangering them.

To minimize the risks, the government recommends avoiding public transportation as much as possible. People with symptoms of respiratory disease and those over the age of 65 should not borrow them.

The government is also providing emergency aid of up to 9.5 billion euros to quickly cushion the economic impact of the pandemic. Up to 7.6 billion of these funds can be used to compensate for partial unemployment.

SMEs and fairs will also be supported in various ways. In the case of voluntary sports organizations, the aid of 47 million euros will be released.



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