First case of the Indian virus in Switzerland, demonstration in Rapperswil: the news of April 24

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Even though the terraces have reopened in Switzerland, nearly 4,000 people have demonstrated in Rapperswil to demand the lifting of all restriction measures. Alarming situation in India where hospitals are overloaded.

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■ First case of the Indian virus in Switzerland

The Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP) announces on Twitter that a first case of the Indian variant of Covid-19 has been discovered in Switzerland. This is a passenger who was in transit at the airport. The addition of India to the list of countries at risk is under consideration.

The Indian variant is causing concern: it has already been detected in Great Britain and Belgium. In this country, 21 Indian students who arrived in mid-April via the Parisian airport of Roissy have tested positive for this variant and placed in quarantine. According to several experts, they would have been victims of a “super contaminator”, perhaps within their group, during the bus trip which brought them from the Paris region to Belgium.

■ Demonstration in Rapperswil

Some 2,000 to 4,000 people ignored this Saturday the ban on demonstrations decreed by the municipal authorities of Rapperswil-Jona (SG), where they met to protest against all the semi-containment measures taken by the Federal Council. Faced with a larger crowd than expected, the police gave up intervening. “The risk of scenes of violence and damage was too high,” said spokesperson Hanspeter Krüsi.

Never respecting physical distancing and ignoring the wearing of protective masks, the “corona-skeptics” marched through the city with cries of “Liberty, freedom”. They demanded the immediate lifting of the restrictive measures still in force.

■ Immunize quickly

This is the danger of relaxing the restrictive measures with the reopening of the terraces. Hospitals will be more stressed by the pandemic, hence the need for them to refer operations considered non-urgent. However, these postponements constitute a “hidden danger” in the pandemic, warns the scientific task force. In an analysis, this examines several vaccination scenarios with the impact on the burden of hospital capacity caused by patients with Covid-19.

If 38,000 doses of vaccine were administered each day, it could lead to postponements of surgeries for about 6,000 people by September. Assuming 100,000 vaccinations per day, only 3,600 patients would be affected by a delay.

■ New record in India

India breaks new record for daily number of deaths from Covid-19. In the past 24 hours, 2,600 deaths linked to the disease have been recorded, bringing the total number of officially recorded deaths since the start of the pandemic to nearly 190,000 in this country of 1.3 billion people.

The number of coronavirus cases now stands at 16.5 million in the country, the most affected after the United States. But experts believe these numbers could actually be higher. They attribute this new wave to a “double mutation” of the virus and to mass events, such as the Hindu religious festival Khumb Mela which brought together millions of pilgrims.

■ Germany is reconfiguring

Germany entered a new phase of lockdown on its public life on Saturday including national curfews – between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. – after the passage of a controversial law but deemed “urgent” by Angela Merkel for break the third wave of the pandemic. In detail, the scheme includes further reductions in private contacts, closures of non-essential stores and increased use of teleworking.

While many countries such as Switzerland relax their restrictions, Europe’s largest economy is going against the grain by activating what it calls “an emergency brake” provided for in the reform of the law on protection against infections. . As soon as the incidence rate, which measures infections over a week, exceeds 100 for three days, measurements are automatically triggered. On Saturday, the incidence rose to 164.4 on average nationwide.