New coronavirus: Situation in Switzerland

Data on confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and deaths due to the disease, the epidemiological situation, the search for antibodies, the advisory body, press conferences and news can all be found here.

Epidemiological situation in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein

From 17 September 2020, the daily situation reports will be published from Monday to Friday. A meaningful overview of the epidemiological situation and trends is provided by the weekly analytical situation report. It is published every Thursday morning.

18.9.2020, 8am   New Total since the start
of the epidemic
Laboratory-confirmed cases
COVID-19 tests 13,993 1,251,614

The following data are available from 23 cantons and the Principality of Liechtenstein. The figures are updated at least every Wednesday and Friday.

Contact Tracing
People in isolation 2,048
Of whom contacts in quarantine 5,598
Additional people in quarantine after arrival in Switzerland 7,571

Daily report

Situation report on the epidemiological situation in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein available in German (PDF, 349 kB, 18.09.2020); French (PDF, 287 kB, 18.09.2020) or Italian (PDF, 455 kB, 18.09.2020)

Data from the situation report available in German (XLS, 27 kB, 18.09.2020); French (XLS, 27 kB, 18.09.2020) or Italian (XLS, 27 kB, 18.09.2020)

The figures published here are based on notifications received early today from laboratories, medical practices and hospitals. They may therefore differ from those communicated by the cantons.

Previous situation and weekly reports

2020_Q1 (ZIP, 9 MB, 28.08.2020)
2020_Q2 (ZIP, 55 MB, 28.08.2020)
2020_Q3 (ZIP, 40 MB, 18.09.2020)

2020_Q1 (ZIP, 12 MB, 28.08.2020)
2020_Q2 (ZIP, 75 MB, 28.08.2020)
2020_Q3 (ZIP, 41 MB, 18.09.2020)

2020_Q1 (ZIP, 5 MB, 28.08.2020)
2020_Q2 (ZIP, 62 MB, 28.08.2020)
2020_Q3 (ZIP, 50 MB, 18.09.2020)

Since calendar week 25 (second quarter of 2020), weekly reports on the epidemiological situation have also been published. All previous reports are included in the above ZIP files.

Graphical representation of data

Below you can find links to charts.


Distribution by canton, age and sex (in German or French)


Development over time (in German or French)


Conducted tests (in German or French)

Laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases over time

The graphic shows the geographical distribution of confirmed COVID-19 cases over time.

Monitoring and interim report  

COVID-19 implementation monitoring

Monitoring helps to provide the Federal Council and the decision-makers with a sound basis on which to make their decisions. The focus is on obtaining an as objective as possible overall picture of the development of COVID-19.

Aims of the monitoring:

  • Ensuring transparent information for the population and media;
  • Monitoring the progression of the pandemic;
  • Identifying possible weak points or need for action in the implementation of measures and recommendations.

There are three key questions guiding the monitoring process:

  • What is the current spread of the virus?
  • What precautionary measures are in place?
  • How is the public behaving?

The monitoring process is currently being reconfigured. In future, information will be issued at regular intervals on current topics such as mobility behaviour, the public opinion barometer, the monitoring of precautionary measures and the economic situation.

Interim report regarding the new coronavirus in Switzerland and in the Principality of Liechtenstein

The report sets out the general epidemiological situation and the impact of the measures taken by the government with regard to the new coronavirus. It is being released to coincide with the first phase of measures being eased.

COVID-19: Epidemiological interim report, dated 27 April 2020, available in German (PDF, 1 MB, 07.05.2020); French (PDF, 1 MB, 07.05.2020) or Italian (PDF, 1 MB, 07.05.2020)

SwissCovid app and contact tracing, vaccine against Covid-19, search for antibodies, scientific advisory body


SwissCovid app and contact tracing

Contact tracing is used to identify people who have been in close contact with persons who have been infected with the coronavirus. The SwissCovid app supports this process: it establishes whether we have been in close physical contact with an infected person. In this way, we can break the chains of transmission.

Vaccine against Covid-19

Intensive research on vaccines is being conducted around the world. The federal government is holding talks with various vaccine manufacturers with a view to concluding agreements and ensuring Switzerland has access to a vaccine.

Search for antibodies

How many people in Switzerland have already had the new coronavirus? Does having the infection and recovering from it mean you are then immune? A national study by the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), a network comprising 12 Swiss universities, has launched a national study to find the answers to these questions.

Based on a proposal by Professor Milo Puhan, Head of the Institute of Epidemiology at the University of Zurich, the study aims to establish:

  • how many people in Switzerland have already been infected with new coronavirus;
  • if having the infection creates immunity from renewed infection;
  • if so, how long this immunity lasts.

This will involve testing and examining around 25,000 members of the general public and people in specific professional groups at regular intervals up to October 2020. A blood test determines whether a person has had the virus: the presence of antibodies in the blood indicates that they have.

We are providing funding and expertise for this study. The findings will provide valuable information which will help the cantons and the federal government to determine how to proceed in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and to decide on a vaccination programme in Switzerland at a later date.


Scientific advisory body

The ‘Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force’ (SN-STF) is a scientific advisory body set up by the Confederation. Its members comprise researchers from across the Swiss scientific community. Through its work, the SN-STF is helping to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. It is providing its expertise in the fields of science and research to the relevant political authorities.

Since 1 August 2020, the Task Force has been headed by Martin Ackermann, expert in microbiology at the ETH Zurich and Eawag. The present head, Matthias Egger, is continuing to act as an expert for the SN-STF.

The SN-STF receives its mandate from the Federal Council’s Coronavirus Crisis Unit (KSBC), the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innvoation (SERI).

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

Press conference, 11 September 2020, 2.30pm

Press releases

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Further information

Easy-to-read language

Rules and prohibitions of the Federal Council, information about the corona virus, when you have to stay at home

Sign language

The rules and prohibitions of the Federal Council, information about the corona virus, when you have to stay at home

Measures and ordinances

Measures, easing of measures, conditions for reopening, permitted events or activities, still prohibited, criminal provisions, explanations

Last modification 18.09.2020

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