BERN / ROM (dpa-AFX) – The alarm bells are ringing in Switzerland due to the rapidly increasing number of corona infections. “The measures currently in force are far from sufficient,” warned the head of the federal scientific task force, Martin Ackermann, on Friday in Bern. “We have to act now. If we take measures today, they will take effect in two weeks. The capacity of the intensive care beds will be reached in two to three weeks.” Hospital admissions and deaths doubled each week.
The European heads of government also reacted too slowly, warned Italian government advisor Walter Ricciardi. “They hesitate, they are afraid of harming the economy,” he told the German press agency. “But they don’t understand that doing so is causing them double damage.” By postponing restrictions on public life, governments are later forced to decide on a total shutdown, said the former chairman of the National Health Institute in Italy.
In contrast to other politicians, Chancellor Merkel followed the advice of scientists. But the situation in Germany will also worsen “if no decisive action is taken,” said Ricciardi.
The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health reported a record 6592 new infections on Friday. Measured against the population, the numbers are five times as high as in Germany. On Tuesday there were a good 3,000 cases. In Switzerland, the cantons are responsible for new measures. Several have already banned the events with more than 1,000 people that have been possible since October 1st and issued other restrictions. In the canton of Valais, restaurants have to close at 10 p.m. Italy recorded more than 19,000 new infections within 24 hours on Friday – more than ever since the start of the pandemic./oe/DP/nas