Coronavirus: Situation in Switzerland

Data and reports on the epidemiological situation in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, press conferences and coronavirus news can all be found here.

Press conference, 20 July 2021, 2pm

Figures on the coronavirus situation in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

On www.covid19.admin.ch you’ll find the key figures on laboratory-confirmed cases, hospitalisations, deaths, tests, vaccinations, relevant virus variants, Re values, contact tracing (isolation and quarantine), hospital capacity and the international situation.

Deaths in connection with COVID-19

This report provides information and graphs on various statistics relating to deaths. It covers the period from March 2020 to February 2021. You will find statistics, updated on an ongoing basis, at covid19.admin.ch.

Covid-19 management: Switzerland’s strategy

Three-phase model  

Switzerland’s overall strategy for managing the epidemic rests on three pillars: vaccinations, tests and non-pharmaceutical measures. Owing to increasing vaccination coverage of the Swiss population, a timely return to normal in social and economic life is realistic. To achieve this objective, the Swiss Federal Council has defined a three-phase model outlining the strategic approach up to the exit from the COVID-19 crisis against the backdrop of increasing vaccination coverage and the introduction of broad and repetitive testing.  

You will see which measures currently apply in Switzerland on the Measures and Ordinances website.

Medium-term planning autumn/winter 2021/2022

At its meeting on 30 June, the Federal Council discussed ways of preparing Switzerland for the autumn and winter months and a possible renewed rise in the number of coronavirus cases. It has produced a report setting out various scenarios and its considerations on how to proceed. The focus is on the rapid identification of new variants of concern, continuing the vaccination campaign, ensuring sufficient capacity for testing and contact tracing in the cantons.

Medium-term planning (available in German (PDF, 353 kB, 30.06.2021), French (PDF, 346 kB, 30.06.2021) or Italian (PDF, 341 kB, 30.06.2021))

COVID-19 vaccination statistics

Twice a week, statistics on COVID-19 vaccination are published on www.covid19.admin.ch, where you’ll find the following figures:

  • Received vaccine doses
  • Vaccine doses delivered to cantons and FL
  • Administered vaccine doses
  • Fully vaccinated people

Allocation of vaccine doses to the cantons

Doses of vaccine are divided proportionally between the cantons on the basis of the total population, including cross-border commuters in the healthcare sector and minus the proportion of especially vulnerable people (priority group 1 under the vaccination strategy). This allocation is done on the basis of a so-called distribution key. The distribution key for allocating vaccine to the cantons was created by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences. The key takes account of population numbers from the Federal Statistical Office (SFSO).

COVID-19 vaccine: delivery and vaccination forecast

In the first quarter 2021 the federal government expected smaller volumes of vaccines from the outset. This vaccine was used to protect people in especially vulnerable groups as quickly as possible. Switzerland expects large volumes of vaccine in the second quarter of 2021. Everyone wishing to be vaccinated will thus have access to a COVID-19 vaccination by summer 2021.

From April to the end of July 2021 Switzerland should receive 8.1 million doses of vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna combined – 3 million of them in May and 3 million in June. Switzerland expects further authorisations of various vaccines.

According to the federal government’s vaccination scenario, assuming that 75% of people in vulnerable groups and 60% of the remaining adult population wish to be vaccinated, everyone wanting the vaccination ccould have received at least one dose by the end of June.

The speed with which each target population group can be vaccinated depends a) on whether deliveries from the vaccine manufacturers arrive as scheduled and b) on the willingness of people within the group to be vaccinated and the vaccination capacity in the cantons. You will find different vaccination scenarios in this document: 

COVID-19 management: Strategic basis at federal and cantonal level

The federal government and the cantons have interrelated tasks in the management of COVID-19. This results in a need to coordinate assessments, reconcile measures and define processes. This brief strategy paper sets out to clarify the basic principles governing these issues over the months to come. The aim is to protect the health of the population in Switzerland and minimise the impact of the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus as far as possible.

COVID-19 management: Strategic bases of the Swiss Conference of the Cantonal Ministers of Public Health (GDK) and the FDHA-FOPH (in German (PDF, 768 kB, 22.10.2020) and French (PDF, 779 kB, 22.10.2020))

Monitoring and interim reports 

On the Monitoring page you will find reports on the population’s mobility behaviour, the monitoring of precautionary measures, the economic situation and compliance monitoring.

Scientific task force

The Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force (SN-STF) serves as a scientific advisory body to the federal government. Its members are researchers from across the entire university landscape. The SN-STF contributes to efforts to manage the coronavirus pandemic by making its scientific and research expertise available to the political authorities responsible.

The task force is headed by Professor Martin Ackermann (ETH Zurich and Eawag) together with a steering committee comprising Dr Urs Karrer (Winterthur cantonal hospital), Professor Jan-Egbert Sturm (KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich) and Professor Samia Hurst (University of Geneva).

The SN-STF has been mandated by the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) and the FOPH.

Further information may be found on the website of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force.

FOPH COVID-19 Task Force

The focus of the FOPH COVID-19 Task Force is managing the crisis and its consequences for people in Switzerland.

The FOPH COVID-19 Task Force comprises the following: the Director-General of the FOPH and her staff; representatives of the General Secretariat of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (GS-FDHA), the Federal Civil Protection Crisis Management Board and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO); the Commissioner of the Federal Council for the Coordinated Medical Service; and, when needed, representatives of additional federal agencies and heads of FOPH working groups formed in response to the coronavirus.

The FOPH COVID-19 Task Force meets (digitally) several times a week. Below you will find the minutes of its meetings from November 2020 (in German). To avoid influence on current decisions, minutes are not published until a month after the meeting.

More information on the FOPH COVID-19 Task Force.

Most recent published minutes of the FOPH COVID-19 Task Force:

April 2021 minutes (PDF, 7 MB, 10.06.2021) (in German)

March 2021 minutes (PDF, 11 MB, 20.05.2021) (in German)

February 2021 minutes (PDF, 9 MB, 13.04.2021) (in German)

January 2021 minutes (PDF, 9 MB, 11.03.2021) (in German)

December 2020 minutes (PDF, 9 MB, 25.02.2021) (in German)

November 2020 minutes (PDF, 10 MB, 25.02.2021) (in German)

Further information

Monitoring

Current reports on the population’s mobility behaviour, implementation of the precautionary measures and the economic situation.

Last modification 29.07.2021

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