The first person to die from the Covid-19 virus in Switzerland died on the night of the 4th and 5th of March 2020 in the canton of Vaud after being admitted to the CHUV hospital in Lausanne on 3 March 2020.
The victim was a 74 year old woman, according to a federal government press release. The canton described the woman as a person at high risk due to underlying chronic illnesses.
At a press event, cantonal authorities revealed the woman had been infected in Italy, according to Le Temps. The woman suffered from chronic respiratory problems.
So far a total of 42 cases have been recorded in the canton of Vaud. By the afternoon of 8 March 2020 there were 335 recorded cases of infection in Switzerland, 3 of which had recovered and 1 of which had died. If the Diamond Princess cruise ship moored in Yokohama is excluded, Switzerland makes the top 10 most affected nations – see list here.