Coronavirus – 8,042 new cases recorded in Switzerland, 27 dead


88 people have been hospitalized in the past 24 hours. The reproduction rate (R) is 1.34.

Friborg has the highest incidence rate in French-speaking Switzerland with 675.89 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days.


8,042 new people tested positive, 88 hospitalizations and 27 deaths were recorded in Switzerland and Liechtenstein according to the report released today by the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP) on the pandemic. In the last 24 hours, 56,275 tests have been performed and the PCR test positive rate is 16.9% (6.1% for rapid antigenic tests).

The intensive care unit occupancy rate is 77.9%, 21.1% are Covid patients, 56.8% are non-Covid.

There are now 824 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last fourteen days. As for the reproduction rate (R) posted today by the FOPH, it is 1.34. In French-speaking Switzerland, it is 1.38 in Geneva, 1.43 in Valais, 1.58 in Friborg, 1.61 in the canton of Vaud, 1.67 in Jura and 1.68 in Neuchâtel.

In total, since the start of the pandemic, Switzerland has now counted 11,080 deaths, 35,158 hospitalizations as well as 978,794 people tested positive for the coronavirus.

With 824 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (564 last Thursday), the fourteen-day incidence rate in Switzerland is higher than that of Italy (206), France (325) and Germany (786) but much lower than that of Austria (2038), according to WHO figures.

As of November 25, 65.47% of the population is fully vaccinated (74.5% of 12 years and over) and 1.74% is partially. In the French-speaking cantons, these percentages are 67.4% of fully vaccinated (1.3% partially) in the canton of Vaud, 66.4% (1.3%) in Friborg, 66.13% (2, 4%) in Geneva, 63.46% (8.2%) in Neuchâtel, 62.74% (4.5%) in Valais, and 60.52% (4.5%) in the Jura.

50% more deaths in one week

During week 46, from November 15 to 21, the number of cases continued to increase sharply, from 25,025 to 38,043 (+ 52%), according to the weekly report of the FOPH. This while the number of tests increased by only 20% (287,822 against 239,930 the week before). The proportion of positive tests therefore increased, from 14% the previous week to 17% for PCRs and from 4.4% to 6.2% for rapid tests.

The number of hospitalizations also rose sharply, to 420 from 290 the week before at the same time. The average weekly number of patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection in an intensive care unit is also increasing, from 124 to 150. There are hospitalizations in all age groups. The most affected are those aged 80 and over with 133 hospitalizations out of the 420. The hospitalization rate is greater than 1 in all age groups from 20 years old, going up to 28.9 per 100,000 inhabitants among the 80 years and older. The median age of people hospitalized is 72 years old.

The number of deaths has risen to 57 from 52 the previous week at the same time and reports are still pending. Two deaths are reported among those 40-49 years old and all the others among those 60 years and over, but the majority among those 80 years and over (44). The median age of those who died this week is 86.

Since January 27, 2021, 7,840 hospitalizations have been declared with information on vaccination status. 6398 people hospitalized were not vaccinated, 235 were partially and 1207 completely. For the same period, 1,259 deaths related to SARS-CoV-2 infection were reported with information on vaccination status. Of those who died, 932 were not vaccinated, 81 were partially and 246 completely.

Finally, the incidence rate has also increased considerably, from 287.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants last week to 436.8. It varies between 169 in Ticino and 978 in Liechtenstein. This rate has also increased significantly in all the French-speaking cantons. It is 268.1 in the canton of Vaud (117.5 the previous week), 282.6 (164.5) in Geneva, 285.2 (175.9) in Valais, 292.2 (116.5) in Neuchâtel, 335.1 (151.9) in the Jura, and 353 (186.2) in Friborg.

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