Further information today: There are now 3 cases of infection in canton Zug. In addition to the 21-year-old man from Zug who is now in a hospital in Zurich, a 21-year-old woman who was in close contact with him has tested positive and is in quarantine. The third case is a 58-year-old man, who apparently became infected during a business trip to Asia. These latest two cases have been quarantined in their homes. A number of people who have been in contact with them are also quarantined at home.
In consultation with the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG), the canton of Zug continues to implement all the necessary preventive measures so that the virus can be prevented from spreading to other people. The well-known hygiene rules still offer the best protection. In particular, regular and thorough hand washing is an effective and simple remedy against infection. The Cantonal doctor Rudolf Hauri from Zug says:
"The use of disinfectants is not necessary - normal hand soap is sufficient."
It is also important that people with symptoms of illness stay at home. In the event of symptoms, the health department asks you to contact the family doctor by phone. Alternatively, the medical emergency service (telephone 0900 008 008) is available. The doctors would assess whether there is a suspected case or not. Without instruction, possibly infected persons should not go to a clinic or practice themselves.
According to the current status (04.03.2020), the following rules apply for meetings and events of less than 150 people. Pay particular attention to points 2 and 4:
1. All participants must be identified and registered by name, surname, address, postcode, city, telephone number and e-mail address
2. The following must not participate in the event:
i). sick persons (fever, cough and breathing difficulties).
ii). persons who have visited an affected area within the last 14 days (according to BAG link: www.bag.admin.ch/neues-coronavirus). These are currently China, Iran, South Korea, Singapore, and Italy (Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto are the affected areas).
3. Information must be provided to the participants (e.g. by e-mail, newsletter, information on site)
4. The hygiene measures of BAG must be observed.
Israel is now refusing entry to passengers from France, Germany Italy and Switzerland. Swiss and Lufthansa have correspondingly limited the number of flights to Tel Aviv.
In Lucerne, the concert "Die schönsten Opernchöre" (the most beautiful opera choruses), which was to be held at the KKL on Saturday 14. March 2020 has now been postponed until Saturday, 6. June 2020, according to the Obrasso company. Tickets will remain valid for the postponed date. Information about other concerts, which have not yet been cancelled/postponed, can be found on the Obrasso website www.obrassoconcerts.ch.
One company is dividing up its staff
When asked, Bernhard Neidhart, the head of the cantonal office for economy and labour said that they are receiving more requests for information about how to manage the workforce with regard to virus prevention. Reference is thereby made to the media releases from the Confederation and the cantonal health department. The number of requests for short-time work has also increased.
The Baar broker-software manufacturer winVS software AG and the cloud provider Meta10 AG are among the companies that have already taken measures. "We’ve been working with half of the workforce in our home office for over a week, thereby minimising the risk of infection," says Leila Sadok, member of the executive board of winVS. Most meetings are also held online.