No more jabs but no restrictions to prevent a new wave of Covid
Swiss health experts have called on people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to prevent another wave of the pandemic later this year.
This content was published on July 20, 2021 – 5:01 PM
Patrick Mathys of the Federal Office of Public Health confirmed a rapid rise in the number of infections, but said it was too early to draw a conclusion. On Tuesday, 707 new cases were recorded in 24 hours, against 483 last Tuesday.
He said the office was monitoring the situation closely to decide on next steps. The government, whose stated objective is to prevent a collapse of the health system, is due to meet in mid-August to review its policy.
Mathys said it was not clear whether an increase in Covid cases would lead to increased hospital admissions and overcapacity in intensive care units.
“The number of new infections per day could soon reach the 1,000 mark,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday. “The good news is that hospitalizations have remained low. “
Samia Hurst, bioethics expert and member of the Covid-19 government science task force, warned that a new wave of infections could not be ruled out if the percentage of people vaccinated was not higher.
“We are seeing a trend reversal,” she said. “The situation is no longer reassuring. It has become worrying. “
She said all age groups could benefit if they received the Covid vaccine.
The latest figures show that the 20-29 age group is particularly affected by infections by the so-called Delta variant of Covid. This is the same group that still has a low vaccination rate.
Political expert Michael Hermann, director of the Sotomo research institute, said it was striking how the younger generation was not using mainstream media to learn about different aspects of the pandemic.
He recommended trying other channels to reach the younger generation.
The institute regularly publishes surveys, carried out by the polling company Demoscope, on behalf of the health authorities.
He noted that the Covid pandemic had been politicized over the past 17 months and that the attitudes of supporters and opponents of government policy were increasingly entrenched.