The next level of alarm is already coming: Switzerland is on the brink of a situation in which the corona virus “gets out of control”, as Daniel Koch said yesterday. The contagion routes could soon no longer be traced in every case. Koch, Head of Communicable Diseases at the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG), now speaks to the media on a daily basis.
The fact that the crisis in Germany is worsening is due to developments in Italy: there are now over a thousand confirmed infections and 29 deaths. According to Koch, this is worrying. One has to assume a “huge unreported figure”. Meanwhile, the federal government has also received information that not all Swiss patients in Italy could have contracted the infection.
The federal government is now beginning to make a selection in the fight against the virus. “We will not be able to fully test and isolate everyone who coughs over a long period of time,” says Daniel Koch, Head of Communicable Diseases at the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG). The medical system should not be overloaded. If you consume everything now, Switzerland will have no more tests if they are needed even more urgently. Koch emphasized that in most cases the disease was mild. However, contagion is much more dangerous for the older population, where the virus mainly circulates. That is why over 60-year-olds now have protection priority.
First case in the canton of Friborg
Now the canton of Friborg has its first confirmed corona case. A 30-year-old man in the Gruyère district has tested positive. Health director Anne-Claude Demierre announced this to the media in Freiburg on Sunday.
The man had returned from Lombardy a week ago. He probably got infected there. He started coughing on Thursday and went for a medical examination. The result of the test was available on Saturday evening at 9 p.m.
The man is in the Freiburg Cantonal Hospital. The course of his illness was positive, the authorities said.
Nine people from his area were quarantined at home. The cantonal medical office clarifies with whom the man may have come into contact.
Additional measures are not necessary, it said at the media conference in Freiburg. Furthermore, people who meet the suspicion criteria should be transferred to the emergency room of the cantonal hospital. There they are subjected to a test. So far, this has been the case in 30 cases.
Quarantines of people around the infected usually take place at home. If this is not possible – for example with a tourist group – the authorities have provided other locations.
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