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  • What is considered enough when it comes to coronavirus testing? april 2, 2020
    Switzerland has one of the highest per capita rates of testing in the world, yet it does not have a comprehensive overview of the total infection rate. In this second collection of answers to readers’ questions, we explore whether there is such a thing as an optimal testing rate. Testing has become one of the most hotly debated topics of the pandemic. Althou […]
    Jessica Davis Plüss and Geraldine Wong Sak Hoi, With additional reporting by Domhnall O'Sullivan, swissinfo.ch.
  • Should all Swiss be wearing face masks? april 2, 2020
    “No,” say the Swiss government and the World Health Organization (WHO); “yes,” say some European governments and some Swiss politicians; “yes and no,” say many opinionated swissinfo.ch readers.  Since April 1, shoppers entering supermarkets in neighbouring Austria have been given a face mask which they must wear; the plan is to extend the measure to all food […]
    Thomas Stephens, swissinfo.ch
  • Coronavirus: the situation in Switzerland april 2, 2020
    Switzerland is one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus, with more than 18,000 positive tests and over 490 deaths. Here’s the latest:  As of April 2 (3pm), 18,072 people have tested positive and 497 people have died, according to an aggregate of cantonal statistics. On April 2, the Swiss head of infectious diseases Daniel Koch indicated that the […]
    SWI swissinfo.ch
  • B&B chalet has room with alpine view, but no takers april 2, 2020
    Angela McMillan would love to have guests in her chalet in the mountain resort of Leysin. Her bed and breakfast is open for business, yet bookings have dried up due to the coronavirus lockdown. “We are really worried. For a lot of owners of holiday flats and B&Bs, this will be the end,” McMillan says, during a video call with swissinfo.ch. McMillan, an e […]
    SWI swissinfo.ch
  • Start-up firms feel frozen out of coronavirus bailout funds april 2, 2020
    A year after setting up, technology firm Microcaps is hotly tipped for success having developed a novel method of producing microparticles for the healthcare, cosmetics and food industries. However, coronavirus has thrown an almighty spanner in the works for Microcaps and other Swiss start-ups. Just like other companies, start-ups are faced with shrinking re […]
    Matthew Allen, swissinfo.ch
  • MSF deploys Covid-19 teams in Geneva to help most vulnerable april 1, 2020
    Switzerland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world with arguably one of the best health systems, yet the scale of the coronavirus pandemic means that even the Swiss need humanitarian support. Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has 12 specialists in Geneva helping the main hospital as well as the homeless and other vulnerable residents.  […]
    Simon Bradley
  • Swiss commodities sector grapples with Covid-19 turbulence april 1, 2020
    The strategic importance of commodities and experience in handling fluctuations has helped commodity firms weather the coronavirus storm better than most. swissinfo.ch caught up with Florence Schurch, general secretary of The Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA), to find out how the commodities sector is handling the crisis and what it means for Swi […]
    Dominique Soguel-dit-Picard, swissinfo.ch
  • What Swiss researchers are doing to beat Covid-19 maart 31, 2020
    While Switzerland continues to be a hotspot for coronavirus cases, Swiss scientists and drug companies are playing an important role in the global effort to develop treatments or a vaccine for the virus.  “The scientific community has responded much more effectively to the Covid-19 outbreak than to the SARS outbreak,” Francesco Stellacci, professor at Lausan […]
    Clare O'Dea
  • On the frontline at a Swiss hospital battling Covid-19 maart 31, 2020
    Health workers at the University Hospital of canton Fribourg are doing their best amidst a general shortage of personnel, equipment and secure zones.  Fribourg is a rural canton close to the Swiss capital Bern with over 300,000 residents. Around 15% of the population is over 65 and therefore at high risk if infected with coronavirus. The cantonal hospital is […]
    Anthony Anex/Keystone, Images, swissinfo.ch/ac
  • Swiss sailors’ amateur films inspire Zurich art show maart 31, 2020
    An active merchant marine may sound at odds with a landlocked nation such as Switzerland, but the country prides itself of its high-seas fleet. The discovery of film footage by Swiss sailors in the 1960s led to a Zurich exhibition that explores some of the most pressing contemporary issues related to the sea. The vast expanse of the sea its promise of freedo […]
    Eduardo Simantob and Carlo Pisani

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