Switzerland live Updates
- Swiss Interior Minister Alain Berset will propose re-opening schools on May 11, part of a three-phase plan he’ll present to his fellow cabinet members, newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reported. Authorities are expected to hold a press conference Thursday to lay out how they’ll wind down restrictions on public life imposed due to the virus.
- The restrictions, in effect until April 19th, include the ban on all public and private events that gather more than five people.
- All shops, markets, restaurants, bars, entertainment and leisure establishments such as museums, libraries, cinemas, concert halls, theatres, sports centers, swimming pools, and ski areas are closed.
- Berset said it was “illusory” to imagine that the situation would return to normal from April 20.
- The Federal Health Office said numbers of positive tests were rising so fast that it is difficult to provide accurate figures. More than 6,000 tests are being carried out in Switzerland per day. Experts have warned that cases will continue to rise.
- The government has also announced a CHF32 billion ($32.6 billion) aid package to help support the economy, in addition to a CHF10 billion package a week earlier. This money is aimed at helping companies survive the economic downturn caused by coronavirus.
- Various institutes and banks are predicting a recession in 2020, followed by a bounce-back in 2021 – if the virus situation is resolved in the coming months.