Switzerland reports one of the highest rates of new coronary infections. Just a few weeks ago we were an example in Europe; today we are a negative example. The latest figures prove this.
- Laboratory confirmed cases: Double increase in the past 6 days.
- Hospitalizations: doubling in the past 8 days.
- Intensive care patients: doubling in the past 7 days.
- Deaths: doubling in the past 7 days.
Yesterday, Andreas Statbach, the federal council’s chief medical officer, warned of hospital overcrowding: “Without further action, 15 days is enough for acute beds, 10 days for intensive care units.”
That would mean: not every patient can care more.
People who still had a chance must die.
The Federal Council failed in these difficult days. He made Switzerland slip in the direction of disaster. Instead of acting, Health Minister Alain Berset, 48, has always postponed next week, the next meeting.
Now, finally, he wants to implement a package of measures – a series of tedious but necessary regulations for turning the wheel at the last second. It is a consistent catalog that is appropriate to the historical dimension of the crisis and is based on the recommendations of the scientific working group. Woulde take effect at midnight today, Wednesday. And this is Berset’s plan:
1. Restaurants and catering facilities close at 22:00.
2. Discos and dance halls are completely closed
3. There are no or very few spectators at football, ice hockey and cultural events
4. No private meetings with more than 10 participants
5. There are no public events with more than 25, 20 or even 15 participants
6. Search for a mask wherever there are large numbers of people. Not in the country, not in the woods – but in the cities, in residential areas and wherever shops, restaurants or other meeting places attract the public
7. Urgent recommendation to work from home in all cases when it is possible to work from home
Today the government of our country is meeting. It is a crucial meeting. The seven must accept or reject this seven-point package, deciding whether to support these austerity measures or not.
It depends on the Federal Council: if it rejects the Berset Plan, it risks people’s lives.
If he rejects the Berset Plan, a second blockade can no longer be avoided – with devastating consequences for Switzerland, for all, for each of us.
The Federal Council has always appealed to the population to take responsibility. The people are now appealing to the Federal Council to finally assume the responsibility for which he was elected and to do what can only come out of it in a time of national emergency: to give Swiss citizens clear and consistent rules for their Ensure Compliance!