Coronavirus Updates: Switzerland Coronavirus Death Count Tops 500, Cases Cross 20,000
Switzerland on Saturday saw the number of cases of the new coronavirus in the country pass 20,000, as number of deaths due pandemic swelled past 500.
The health ministry said 20,201 people in Switzerland had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Saturday morning -- nearly 1,000 more than a day earlier.
The small Alpine country of some 8.5 million people is thus one of the worst hit compared to population size, now counting 236 registered infections per 100,000 people.
At the same time, an additional 76 people died over the past 24 hours, bringing Switzerland's death toll in the pandemic to 540, the health ministry said.
"We have not yet reached the peak," health ministry official Daniel Koch told reporters.
Worldwide, well over 1.1 million cases have been registered across 188 countries, while close to 60,000 people have died, according to a tally compiled by AFP Saturday from official sources.
The high incidence in Switzerland could in part be linked to the fact that it is among the countries that have administered most tests per capita.