Luxury hotel St. Moritz stops working
Five Star Hotel Badrutt’s Palace Moritz closes from January 28 until further notice, the statement said. The eruption of the corona more than a week ago had a strong impact on bookings and cancellations. The hotel is no longer profitable.
How things will continue, whether the Palace wants to reopen its doors this winter and what that means for 440 employees, the hotel has yet to provide any information.
Belgium is afraid of riots like the one in the Netherlands
Following serious Corona protests in the Netherlands, there are concerns that riots could spill over into Belgium. Several calls for demonstrations on Saturday in the border towns of Maasmechelen, Sint-Niklaas and Turnhout were shared on social media, the daily De Standaard reported.
In the regions of Belgium, night-time restrictions have been in place for months. So far there have been no major protests in the kingdom. In the Netherlands, on the other hand, there were serious riots against corona measures for two nights in a row.
97 people in quarantine at the asylum center in Bern
The canton of Bern has quarantined the Aarwangen return center, he said in a message , The link opens in a new windowhe writes. Accordingly, 19 people have tested positive for the corona virus in recent days. The quarantine affected 97 residents and employees.
For now, the center must not be entered or left. Children in the center are no longer allowed to attend school, and those affected are no longer allowed to shop alone. Utilities, such as the kitchen, will be closed. The operating company must now ensure that the people concerned are fed and cared for.
Border regime: the cantons in northwestern Switzerland strike back
The Intergovernmental Conference of Northwestern Switzerland, to which the cantons of Aargau, Solothurn, two Basel and the Jura belong, wrote a letter to the Federal Council. You warn against following the proposals of the Swiss party presidents. They called on the Federal Council to consider a comprehensive regime of borders and interrogations.
“Implementation of such a strict border regime would de facto stop border traffic and entry and exit into France and Germany,” the letter said. You will be happy to help, but border control and quarantine regulations are not the solution, state councilors.
End of the BAG press conference
This concludes the point de press of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG). We will keep you informed here, in the Corona live program.
FFP2 masks in public transport?
From the point of view of Rudolf Hauri, such a requirement for a mask is not indispensable in public transport. Wearing FFP2 masks can be useful in very tight spaces. The space available on public transportation is usually ample enough.
Does a ban on eating make sense on trains?
“We are in contact with the representatives of the system and we want to find solutions. At the moment, however, a ban on eating and drinking on trains is not a problem, ”said Patrick Mathys, head of the Crisis Management and International Cooperation Department at FOPH, answering a question.
The vaccination platform works according to BAG
The canton of Zurich criticizes the fact that the OneDoc vaccination registration tool cannot be used and is not suitable for large cantons. What do cantonal doctors and BAG say about this?
“As far as I know, the system works. We also had serious problems with individual registrations in Zug, but that has now been resolved, ”says Zug cantonal doctor Rudolf Hauri. BAG Deputy Director Nora Kronig adds: “Apart from the initial difficulties in certain cantons, we have received positive feedback on the use of this tool. We stick to solving any problem right away. “
Delivery problems at Astra-Zeneca: BAG Deputy Director declines to comment
To what extent the problems with the delivery of Astra-Zeneca vaccine affect the plan of the Swiss authorities to vaccinate the majority of the population by the summer, the journalist asks. BAG Vice President Kronig still owes an answer. “I can’t comment on vaccines that haven’t been approved yet,” Kronig says. Nor could she say anything about negotiating with other manufacturers.
Kronig: “Our vaccination goals are estimates”
Is it still realistic that everyone over the age of 75 can have vaccinations by the end of February, a journalist wants to know. “Achieving this goal depends on vaccine deliveries and the readiness of the population to be vaccinated. The goals we have set are estimates, but we are on the right track. It’s important not just to concentrate on weeks or days, ”says Nora Kronig.
How is the vaccine distribution going?
“Vaccination doses are distributed across cantons based on the distribution key based on the number of people,” Nora Kronig answered a reporter’s question.
Kronig: “Looks like we’ll get the agreed doses of vaccine”
“It still looks like we’re going to get the amount agreed in the first quarter,” Deputy Director Kronig says when asked what the vaccine delivery status is. However, fluctuations are possible in February, Kronig says.
Not everyone who wants to be vaccinated can be vaccinated immediately
Rudolf Hauri, president of the Association of Cantonal Physicians, reports from the canton. “Vaccination is underway, there is no damage in transmission. But of course there are challenges with such a big project. Let’s not forget that we are in a special situation, there is a lot that is not yet well established. “
Therefore, not everyone who wanted to be vaccinated could be vaccinated immediately, says Hauri. “There are now significantly expanded investigations into disease outbreaks, but also mass tests of asymptomatic people that can be discussed.” He was thinking about schools, administrations and service providers, according to a doctor from the canton of Zug.
Head of the working group: “B.1.1.7 will dominate in March”
The current situation is difficult to assess, says working group chief Martin Ackermann. It is gratifying that the number of cases has dropped over the holidays. The working group did not necessarily expect that either. He explicitly praises the population for that. “It shows what we’re capable of.”
It is unclear whether the so-called British variant of the coronavirus (B.1.1.7) is more deadly than the conventional one, says Ackermann. In March, this variant is likely to cause about half of the infections in Switzerland, the head of the working group suspects. From the working group’s point of view, it is difficult to prevent B.1.1.7 from becoming the dominant viral variant in Switzerland.
Berger: “Vaccination of pregnant women is not recommended”
Berger also comments on corona vaccination for pregnant women. “Vaccination of pregnant women is not recommended in any of the Pfizer / Biontech and Moderna vaccines approved in Switzerland. So far, there is a lack of data from studies that could completely rule out all health risks, ”explains Berger. As soon as there is more data, this recommendation can be adjusted as well.
The primary goal of vaccination: protection of particularly vulnerable people
Now Christoph Berger, chairman of the Federal Vaccination Commission EKIF, says: “We have defined a framework for early vaccination of health workers. Under our framework conditions, cantons can determine, depending on the situation and needs, how many health workers can be vaccinated ahead of time and with what priorities. “
The primary goal of vaccination remains the protection of particularly vulnerable people. “Any other person who now receives the vaccination will take away this vaccination from a particularly vulnerable person,” Berger points out.
Kronig: “The beginning promises”
BAG Deputy Director Nora Kronig is now taking the floor. “200,000 vaccinations have been carried out in the cantons,” she says. Deviations in the delivery capacity of vaccine manufacturers are closely monitored, says Kronig. However, it does not go into more detail about these problems. Bottlenecks are expected in the first quarter of the year. In the second trimester, the general population could then be vaccinated. Basically, the start of the vaccination campaign was promising.
Mathys: “We are cautiously optimistic”
FOPH is also concerned about mutations in the virus. So far, other versions of the corona have been detected in 1,126 samples, Patrick Mathys says. “A good half of them can be assigned to the British variant of the virus, 26 other variants from South Africa. Just over 500 samples have not yet been assigned to any of the variants. Fortunately, a corona mutation from Brazil has not yet been discovered in Switzerland. “
“We are cautiously optimistic,” Mathys continues. “The decline is not as strong as we imagine. It is therefore very important that we all continue to adhere to contact restrictions. “
Now live: BAG press conference
Patrick Mathys, Head of Crisis Management and International Cooperation at FOPH, opens today’s Point de Presse. “We can describe the current situation like this: We’re going in the right direction, but unfortunately the pace is still a bit slower.”
That’s good news, but there’s no reason to sit back and relax, Mathys says. “Laboratory-confirmed cases continue to decline, but that decline is offset. One reason for this is that the R-value stagnates. Hospitalizations are falling significantly, but 73 percent of all intensive care beds are still occupied, nearly a third of patients with Covid. “
BAG reported new coronary infections in 1884
- The Federal Office of Public Health has noon today 1884 new case who have tested positive for coronavirus in recent days.
- So that’s lying Average of 7 days 1927. These are 11 percent less than the previous week. The trend is currently declining.
- Currently, the positive rate averages 7 days 9.5 percent. This means that out of 100 tests, an average of about 10 tests were positive. Compared to the previous week, the positive rate is over 2 percentage points decreased. A trial range averaging 7 days was included 23,351 test per day and it is almost compared to the previous week 10 percent popeo.
- Reports BAG 57 new deceased. An average of 7 days is included 37 deceased. These are 22 percent less than the previous week.
- BAG is currently reporting 1,660 peoplewho are being treated in hospital for Covid-19. These are 16 percent less than the previous week. The certified intensive care beds in Swiss hospitals they are currently closed Utilization 84.0 percent, including ad hoc beds, occupancy is 73.0 percent.