This week, 52,470 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Switzerland, up 23% from the 42,518 reported the week before. On a 7-day moving average basis the number of daily new cases was 7,496. Daily case numbers are now broadly back to last winter’s peak.
So far, similarly high case numbers have not translated into the same level of hospitalisation and death as last winter, however, hospitals are feeling the strain. 474 hospitalised patients were reported this week, with 118 reported on 3 December 2021 alone.
Covid deaths, while far from the level of last winter, are also rising. 108 deaths were reported this week, a number likely to rise to around 140 once the data catches up with reality. This figure is roughly two thirds higher than the number the week before.
Not being vaccinated remains a key feature of those ending up in hospital with Covid-19. Currently, the fully vaccinated represent around a quarter of those hospitalised while making up three quarters of the population over 12. That is a population-adjusted ratio of roughly 1 to 10.
On 3 December 2021, Switzerland’s federal government announced tighter restrictions from Monday.