The figures of the epidemic, a fall in trompe-l’oeil

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The Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP) held a press briefing on Tuesday 2 February. He announced 1,633 additional coronavirus positive cases in 24 hours, as well as 46 deaths and 90 hospitalizations, three figures down.

How to interpret it? The Office has apparently preferred to see the glass half full, adopting a rather reassuring speech. “The general situation in Switzerland on the covid front is encouraging,” said Patrick Mathys, head of the Crisis Management and International Collaboration section at the OFSP. He wants to see there an effect of the measures taken at the end of 2020 and two weeks ago by the Federal Council, while acknowledging that the reproduction rate, which has been on the rise since the beginning of the year, has now reached the value of 0.98, which slows down the fall in the number of cases (from 1, the epidemic resumes, the virus spreading further).