Switzerland: More than 11,000 candles in front of parliament in memory of pandemic victims

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More than 11,000 candles, one for every death due to its pandemic coronavirus, about 40 volunteers lit in front of its parliament on Tuesday night Switzerland in Berne. They placed them with a geometric formation on the sidewalk in front of the building.

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“We wanted to create a space to remember and mourn the victims,” ​​he explained. Simon Guern of the movement Corona vigil. The same collective had organized a similar initiative last year. THE Mr. Guern stressed that the gesture was also a call to the authorities to take more effective measures to curb the rapid increase in infections.

THE Switzerland has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. Authorities announced measures last week, but not as strictly as those imposed on Germany or in Austria.

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The number of people who have succumbed to complications from COVID-19 reached 11,288 yesterday, according to the Swiss health authorities. Laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus have exceeded one million.

Earlier this week the government announced it would deploy some 2,500 members of the military medical staff to help as hospitals are now flooded with patients. The occupancy rate of intensive care units in hospitals is close to 79%. More than 30% of patients suffer from COVID-19.

The percentage of the population over the age of twelve who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is around 66%, despite repeated government calls for the population to be vaccinated and public awareness campaigns.

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