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Coronavirus Update – March 23

Today starts week 2 of the country’s partial lockdown. The number of people positively tested for the virus stands at 8000, the number of deaths at 70 (some say 100), and Lucerne had its first coronavirus recorded death on Saturday, a 55 year old man with known heart problems. Switzerland is ranked the 9th country with the most cases.

The government has said that the current confinement situation is satisfying and will remain as is for the time being and that it will not test more than 6000 cases per day.

March 31st is known as a moving day. People are allowed to move apartments, under certain conditions. The handover procedure should not be done in person and the cleaning may have to be postponed. Landlord and renter should discuss this prior to the handover date.

As before construction work is allowed to continue so long as the safety distances are respected.

People who have flown home from abroad should self-isolate for 14 days.

Only people who are sick should wear a protective mask, there is no proof to show that wearing a mask when a person is healthy will help protect oneself. There is a call for people who have a lot of masks at home to consider donating them to hospitals or care homes.

People who have been temporarily laid off are eligible for compensation as are independent workers and parents of children under the age of 12 who are having to stay home to look after their children. The AHV offices will soon be putting a form online for people to fill out. see our post on financial compensation for more details.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.