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Coronavirus Update – October 7

The numbers of positive covid-19 tests are climbing again with today’s numbers at over 1000. This is a growth of over 55% compared to last week’s average and it brings the number of positive test ratio to 5.4%. The reproduction ratio has gone up to 1.24, meaning that 100 people infected go on to infect 124 people.

Demographically the 20 – 29 year old age group is the one which is getting the most infected (74.3 cases per 100 000), but the older demographic is catching up with 70 to 79 year olds going from 5.8 cases per 100 000 a month ago to 22 cases last week, this could lead to more people needing to go to hospital for treatment.

As a consequence 11 cantons are now making the wearing of masks in shops mandatory Zug (Oct. 10) and Bern (Oct. 13) joining Jura, Waadt, Geneva, Basel Stadt, Zürich, Neuenburg, Wallis and Solothurn. The canton of Schwyz has decided to not make it mandatory, and Lucerne continues to not make it mandatory either.

Bern is going the extra mile and making mask wearing mandatory pretty much everywhere indoors: shops, libraries, museums, theatres and cinemas, churches, train stations and sport and fitness centres as well as bars, restaurants and clubs (unless seated). Schools and daycare centres are exempt.

It is unclear whether and at what point the government will decide to step in again and put stricter measures in place.

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