Switzerland has 2,205 additional cases of coronavirus on Thursday in 24 hours, according to figures from the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP). Forty-seven additional deaths are to be deplored and 93 patients have been hospitalized.
During the last 24 hours, the results of 28,094 tests have been transmitted, indicates the FOPH. The positivity rate is 7.85%. Over the last 14 days, the total number of infections is 31,186. Over the past two weeks, the country has thus counted 360.75 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The reproduction rate, which has a delay of ten days, is 0.81.
Up to Thursday and in total, 582 infections with a mutation of the coronavirus have been detected in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the FOPH told the Keystone-ATS news agency. This is 103 more than the day before (479).
The British variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (B1.1.7 or 501Y.V1) has infected 306 people since its first appearance in the canton of Vaud in October. The South African strain (B1.351 or 501Y.V2) has been detected twelve times.
Transfers in 16 cantons
In addition, the FOPH has identified 264 infections until Thursday caused by an undetermined mutation of the coronavirus, which represents a significant increase compared to Wednesday (186 cases).
The greatest number of infections with coronavirus mutations has been recorded in Geneva (112). The canton of Bern follows (110). Mutations have been identified in 16 cantons and in Liechtenstein. The figures must however be read with caution and are probably underestimated, underlined the FOPH.
Since the start of the pandemic, 507,123 cases of Covid-19 contamination have been confirmed in the laboratory out of a total of 4,109,047 tests carried out in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The total number of deaths is 8,283 and the number of people hospitalized has reached 21,137.
The country also counts 17,734 people in isolation and 26,784 individuals among their contacts have been quarantined. There are also 4,193 other people returning from a trip from a country at risk and who also had to go through the quarantine box.
Impact: the Jura in the lead
The FOPH also published its weekly report on Thursday. Despite a downward trend in the number of cases, the FOPH warns that the situation is difficult to assess because of the growing number of cases detected of the British and South African variants of the virus, which are more contagious according to the first scientific data.
During week 02, from January 11 to 17, a total of 15,178 laboratory-confirmed cases were declared, compared to 22,093 the previous week, or 31.3% less. The incidence in the cantons and in Liechtenstein ranged from 121 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week in Liechtenstein to 281 in the canton of Jura.
So far, 505 hospitalizations related to a laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 have been declared during week 02, compared to 671 the previous week. Despite the late declarations still awaited, the number of hospitalizations should decrease.
During week 02, the average number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in an intensive care unit (375) decreased, but the occupancy of intensive care beds remains high. On average, 298 patients with Covid-19 were on life support, 9.1% less than the previous week (328). These hospitalized people represented 45% of intensive care patients. The intensive care bed occupancy rate was 74% in week 02.
Glarus in the lead for deaths
During week 02, 317 deaths related to a laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 infection were recorded, compared to 335 the previous week. They are distributed among almost all cantons and in Liechtenstein. Despite late reports still awaited, the number of deaths has probably decreased, remaining at a high level.
There are big differences between the cantons, from zero to 17.2 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants (Glarus). Seventy-six percent of the deaths were among people aged 80 and over, 16% among those aged 70 to 79.
In week 02, 147,846 tests (73% PCR tests and 27% rapid antigen tests) were performed. Compared to the previous week, the number of tests decreased by 11.7%. For Switzerland as a whole, the proportion of positive tests overall decreased compared to the previous week, going from 14.5% to 11.6% (12.2% for PCR tests and 10.2% for rapid antigenic tests).
The median age of those infected has increased continuously since early September, from 33 to 46 years for week 52. It has since fallen to 43 years. Among those aged 80 and over, the relative share is currently 8.3% of all cases, compared to only 0.7% in week 24. During week 02, two-thirds (65 %) of cases involved people between 20 and 59 years old.
Median age in hospital: 74
The median age of people hospitalized was 74 years old. In week 02, 88% of people hospitalized were 50 and over. Compared to their proportion in the population, those 80 and over are by far the most often hospitalized people. Men are more often hospitalized than women.
On the vaccination front, the Swiss Society of Intensive Medicine (SSMI) is in favor “that, in addition to particularly exposed people, health personnel in contact with patients and staff accompanying vulnerable people can also be vaccinate (…) as soon as possible, “she said on Thursday.
As a reminder, the vaccination strategy of the OFSP and the Federal Commission for Vaccinations (CFV) defines that vulnerable people are vaccinated first. Health workers and those living with vulnerable people will follow.