Swiss politicians pressure country to protect citizens against Covid-19
Politicians in canton Ticino are calling on Bern to take stronger action to protect the country from Covid-19.
Neighbouring Italy is dealing with more than 150 cases – the worst outbreak in Europe and the Venice festival has closed early and three have died.
Austria has suspended some train services running from Italy.
The Swiss politicians say the border should be closed and is asking what the government is planning to do to when quarantine becomes necessary and how it plans to protect the economy.
A senior Swiss expert on infectious diseases, Pietro Vernazza at Sankt Gallen cantonal hospital says there’s no reason to think Switzerland will be spared from Covid 19.
He told the Blick newspaper he expects Switzerland will report its first confirmed case this week.