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Znüni News – Thursday January 6. 2022

Yesterday saw another record number of new Covid-19 cases reaching over 31 000 cases. The canton of Lucerne alone had 1239 new cases with nearly 10 000 people either in isolation or in quarantine. 46 people are in hospital due to the virus and 6 are on artificial respirators. 86% of the patients are unvaccinated. The current R (reproduction) rate is 1.28, meaning that numbers will most probably continue to rise.

Our health minister, Alain Berset, has said that for the time being there will be no further measures but that everything is in place for a shutdown should this become necessary.

There are no clever accidents but this particular accident is very unfortunate. In the forest near Meznau a tree which was felled, slid down a hill and on its path tore a wire cable which was secured by a pulley. The cable came free and with the force of its backlash it hit a 52 year old passerby in the face. The man had to be rushed to hospital with severe injuries.

Lucerne is known as the city of lights and, as such, is hosting a light festival for the third year. Beginning today and running until January 16. the LiLu festival comprises of 21 installations all over downtown illuminating various buildings. You can find out more here. A word of warning: dress warmly to enjoy the shows. And, yes, snow is forecast for today and tomorrow.

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