Znüni News – Friday December 17

Today the government will finally be announcing what measures will be implemented nationwide in order to manage the spread of the virus. We will share the news with you as soon as it is announced.

Intensive care units are fuller than they have been through this whole pandemic at an average of 81%. 40% of beds are taken by Covid patients of which 77.5% are not vaccinated. Switzerland currently has one of the highest incidence rates in Europe coming in at 741 cases per 100 000 inhabitants, versus 507 for France, 340 for Germany and 200 for Italy.

The Lucerne Cantonal Bank (LUKB) needs more capital, 500 million francs to be exact, in order to secure its future. Enter the canton who, as a majority stakeholder, will be investing 308 million francs in the bank.

Meanwhile the Swiss franc is getting stronger compared to other currencies, now at a near parity (1.10) with the Euro. The national bank is looking at what it can do to prevent the franc from becoming any stronger as this would impact the exporting of Swiss goods.

Today is the official begin of school holidays in the canton of Lucerne. Unlike other cantons there has not been any talk yet of having the holidays extended in order to deal with the Covid situation.

The LiLi Centre will be closing its doors for the holidays today and will reopen on January 3rd 2022.

We wish you a very happy holiday season!

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