For the last time? Switzerland is turning back the clocks tonight – Panorama

(wap) In the night on Sunday the clocks are changed from 3:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., then normal time prevails again. It may be the last time that autumn will switch from summer time to normal winter time. “The annual time change is currently being discussed intensively, especially in our neighboring countries,” writes the Federal Institute for Metrology in a press release. If the EU adjusts the time, Switzerland has to go along with it in order not to become a time island.

It is currently certain that on March 28, 2021, summer time will be switched to again, according to the institute. It remains to be seen whether there will ever be a return to normal time afterwards: In Brussels, among other things, discussions are being held about the abolition of the time change not to make normal time, but to make today’s summer time the standard time within Europe.


Flashed at 214 km / h: Police pull 29-year-old speedster out of traffic – Fricktal – Aargau

A 29-year-old motorist from the region was on Saturday night at 1:33 a.m.
Motorway A3 in the direction of Basel. In the municipality of Eiken, the Swiss was with
flashed at a speed of 214 km / h. After deducting the legal tolerance, this resulted in the maximum speed being exceeded by 87 km / h. 120 km / h would have been allowed.

The public prosecutor’s office in Rheinfelden-Laufenburg opened criminal proceedings and the vehicle
confiscated. The driver’s license was also taken from the driver.

Current police pictures from October 2020:


Switzerland: From Corona model pupil to European problem case – how did it get this far? – Switzerland

The number of infections has risen again, as has the hospitalizations. Some things have been clarified, but others remain a mystery.

What does the federal Covid-19 task force want?

The task force made ten demands:

  • Wearing of masks by adolescents and adults in all indoor spaces and in overcrowded outdoor areas, for example in street markets.
  • Home office for all employees for whom this is possible.
  • The closure of entertainment and recreational facilities in narrow and poorly ventilated indoor spaces where conditions allow the transmission of the coronavirus between people in close contact.
  • Restricting private gatherings, for example to fewer than ten people.
  • Restricting public gatherings, for example to fewer than 50 people.
  • Restriction of the opening times of restaurants and bars, suggestion to 9 p.m.
  • Cessation of activities with a high risk of transmitting the coronavirus, for example sports that involve direct contact, singing or using wind instruments.
  • Switch to exclusively online education in all secondary and higher educational institutions for which such education is possible.
  • Increase in the number of coronavirus test centers and the number of contact tracers.
  • Regular tests of employees in high-risk environments.

How was this turnaround possible?

The number of infections in many cantons in the summer was zero, for days, weeks. For large parts of the population, the virus appeared to have been defeated to some extent. Measures such as restricting guests to bathing establishments were less and less accepted. While institutions, organizations and associations had to keep to the instructions, the private discipline slackened.

The mask requirement in public transport is likely to remain in place for a long time.

The mask requirement in public transport is likely to remain in place for a long time.

This led to the discrepancy that strict discipline prevailed at the major events that were now permitted again, while people let it go again in private. Most infections were between the ages of 20 and 30.

Of the three basic measures, only the mask requirement was observed in public transport, hygiene and distance were neglected, which, according to Marcel Tanner of the Covid task force, has now led to the current situation with many new infections.

Where does Switzerland stand in terms of the number of infections in international comparison?

The number of corona cases has been increasing in Europe since mid-September. But particularly quickly in Switzerland. On October 1, the 7-day average in Switzerland was 3.76 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Then it rose more and more steeply and reached a value of 43 on October 22nd. This puts Switzerland in fourth place in Europe behind the Czech Republic (93), Belgium (82) and the Netherlands (47).

France also has a high value with 39, Great Britain (28) and Spain (30) are doing a little better again. In Germany, the figure is 9 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The effective reproduction number R, which indicates how many people infected by an infected person, was between 2 and 3 in March.

It leveled off around 1.1 over the summer. It has been above 1.5 again since mid-October. This would mean that the numbers would double in about a week. Currently you have to assume a higher value.

What role do the many tests play?

We have been doing around 20,000 tests a day since mid-October. At the end of September, the positivity rate – the percentage of positive tests in the total number of tests – was four percent. By October 21, it had risen to 19 percent in a 7-day comparison, yesterday it was 26.5 percent.

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Compared to other countries, we do not test too much: Germany, for example, has been doing more than a million tests a week for two months. So far, Denmark has tested the most eagerly: 812925 tests per million people.

What does the high positivity rate mean?

If the positivity rate is below 5 percent, this means that the testing is running effectively, that a large number of all cases are recorded. This also means that you test enough and that you have the pandemic under control. Currently only Germany in Europe fulfills this requirement. If the positivity rate is above 5 percent, this can indicate that you are testing too little, perhaps only suspicious cases.

But that means that you no longer have an eye on the infection process. The more tests are positive, the more the likelihood of undetected cases increases. However, one can currently only speculate about this unreported number. The estimate is between a factor of 6 and 10. This indicates a mortality between 0.5 and 1 percent. A more recent study by Stanford’s John Ioannidis claims that it is significantly lower.

How about the hospitalizations compared to spring?

Martin Ackermann, head of the Covid task force, made a dramatic prognosis in front of the media: “If things continue like this, the beds in the intensive care unit will be occupied in two to three weeks.” Meanwhile, the number of hospital patients, like the infections, is doubling every week. On Friday, 1,300 people were in Swiss hospitals because of Covid-19. About 140 of them in the intensive care unit. The numbers are still well below the peak of spring.

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At the beginning of April, around 500 intensive care places were occupied by corona patients and a total of 2300 people were hospitalized. But the numbers now seem to be increasing rapidly. Ackermann’s forecast was supported by a model that ETH Professor Thomas van Boeckel published in collaboration with the task force on Friday afternoon: If the number doubles as before in one week, the intensive care beds would be occupied in just under three weeks.

With a doubling every ten days in four weeks and with five days doubling time already in two weeks. There were similar forecasts in the spring, but they did not materialize – probably due to the lockdown.

What about the deaths?

The rise in infections and hospital admissions has not yet fully impacted deaths. Over the past few days, an average of ten people have died of the coronavirus in Switzerland every day. The spring had been about sixty on peak days.

The increase is clear, however: in the summer, nobody died of Corona on most days. According to the task force, the number of deaths is now doubling every week.

What is the age distribution of those infected?

The 20 to 29-year-olds are clearly most affected, followed by the Swiss in their thirties. In spring, the elderly were affected significantly more than they are now.

How has medical treatment changed compared to the first wave?

Hospitals now have more experience treating Covid-19 than they did in spring. And better medication: You have been using the remdesivir as a routine measure for months. In the spring it was only used in clinical trials.

Doctors warn against excessive optimism. Huldrych Günthard from the Infectious Disease Clinic at the University Hospital in Zurich said: “Experience helps. But we haven’t had a medical breakthrough yet. “

Has the virus weakened?

Richard Neher from the University of Basel is constantly analyzing the coronavirus. Neher says that so far there has been no evidence that the properties of the virus have changed significantly since March. “Of course the virus mutates – like any other RNA virus – but these mutations usually do not have a major effect on the properties of the virus.”


Covid: surge in cases in Switzerland 6 thousand in one day – Last Hour

(ANSA) – GENEVA, OCTOBER 23 – A surge in infections from Covid-19 in Switzerland, where 6,592 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. Switzerland, in proportion to the number of inhabitants, has significantly more cases than almost all neighboring countries, said the head of the communicable diseases division of the Health Office, Stefan Kuster, quoted by the Keystone-Ats agency. Figures five times higher than those of Germany, double that of Austria and Italy, he stressed. For the Federal Office, Switzerland has registered 42,290 new cases in the past two weeks, with a rate of 494.9 cases per 100,000 population. (HANDLE).