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Znüni News – Friday September 10

To test or not to test in schools? The 10 to 19 year old demographic group currently has the greatest number of positive cases followed by the 0 to 9 year olds group. Which is why Alain Berset, our health minister, is calling for even more tests to be done in schools. Whereas the canton of Bern feels that it is a waste of time and money and is now planning to stop all tests in schools. however the statistics show that the cantons that do run regular tests in schools have fewer cases in the last couple of weeks compared to those who don’t test.

Meanwhile news of the Covid certificate becoming mandatory to gain access in restaurants, fitness studios or cinemas as of Monday has caused a jump in numbers of people getting their first vaccination. This past Monday 5000 people received a first vaccine nationwide, the number was 20 000 on Wednesday.

The town of Lucerne is struggling to keep its social workers. It seems as if the social department is under staffed and overworked. In average a social worker is in charge of nearly 100 cases, this is leading to staff resigning in droves and people who need help left feeling helpless. The town is hoping to remedy this by hiring more staff and bringing the number of cases per social worker down to 75, which should be more manageable according to a study done in Winterthur.

Fancy discovering some local craftworks this weekend? Then head over to Büttisholz for the Rüüdig fair, with over 25 local crafts stands represented.

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