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covid-19 updates Coronavirus: the situation in Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus. This is where things stand and the latest on the measures in place.

A democratic trap? Why Switzerland is struggling to guarantee pensions for the next generation

Many States are grappling with the problem of how to prevent the pension system from collapsing with time. Switzerland, however, faces an ...

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Coronavirus crisis Has Switzerland got enough hospital beds?

In many countries the number of hospital beds has decreased in recent years. This could become a problem during the coronavirus crisis.

Virus vulnerable Homes for the elderly hard hit by coronavirus deaths

Elderly people and staff in nursing homes are being hit particularly hard by the coronavirus, report Sunday newspapers.

This content was published on April 5, 2020 2:50 PM

Covid-19 impact Swiss want to work from home more frequently after pandemic

Four out of five Swiss residents say they would like to work from home more regularly after the coronavirus pandemic is over, according to a survey. 

This content was published on April 2, 2020 12:30 PM

Covid-19 impact How the crisis reveals cultural divide between Swiss language regions

Switzerland’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the ‘Röstigraben’ – the imaginary cultural and social divide between language regions.

Q&A Coronavirus: Why staying home is merely a recommendation in Switzerland

In this first collection of answers to readers' questions about the pandemic, we tackle the Swiss approach to social distancing measures.

coronavirus Mobile phone data show Swiss are keeping their distance

Anonymised data collected by Swisscom and given to the government have revealed that people are behaving in a disciplined manner to contain Covid-19.

This content was published on March 26, 2020 11:12 AM

Covid-19 Coronavirus: what is ‘essential’ in Switzerland?

The coronavirus epidemic provides an interesting opportunity for society to reflect on what is really important, says economist Sergio Rossi. 

covid-19 Zurich uni offers free couples therapy during corona crisis

With social distancing measures and home confinements, tensions are inevitable. There's free online counselling for those having a tough time.

This content was published on March 24, 2020 12:31 PM

Coronavirus protection EU to deliver masks and protective gear to Switzerland 

There has been a breakthrough which should enable delivery of more masks and protective equipment to Switzerland, says minister.

This content was published on March 20, 2020 12:08 PM

Covid-19 Rapid spread of coronavirus complicates systematic testing

The Swiss government has been criticised for its targeted coronavirus testing approach but locally, testing infrastructure is increasing.

Hamilton Medical Swiss ventilator company inundated by demand due to Covid-19

Hamilton Medical, the global market leader in the manufacture of ventilators, has ramped up production by 50% but still cannot meet demand. 

This content was published on March 17, 2020 11:11 AM

Patient care  What might coronavirus triage look like in Switzerland? 

If Swiss hospitals were to become overwhelmed, how would doctors decide who gets intensive care in the coronavirus crisis?