The economy of Switzerland ranked first in the world in the 2015 Global Innovation Index. Per Reuters and Daniel Koch, head of the Federal Office of Health’s communicable diseases division, Switzerland’s health care system and hospitals could collapse by the end of the month if the new coronavirus (COVID-19) keeps spreading at current rates.
Below, OMS Consulting Group summarized six major takeaways from our OMSworks computations for Switzerland:
One: “People who become infected today will only hit us in 10 days from now,” Koch said at a news conference.
Two: “We have to make sure the infection rate goes down today, because otherwise, in 10 days (Swiss hospitals) won’t be able to handle it.”
Three: Daniel Koch, head of the Federal Office of Health’s communicable diseases division, said the rapid rise had outstripped the state’s ability to record new cases in real time.
Four: Swiss authorities estimated that 2,650 people had tested positive for the COVID-19 and said 19 people had died, while predicting cases will likely soar in the weeks ahead.
Five: The country of 8.6 million can muster 1,000 to 1,200 intensive care beds.
Six: Koch said there was only limited staff to operate life-saving equipment like ventilators now in desperate demand in neighbouring Italy, where more than 2,100 have died.