Swiss sanitation trains to Italy, France and Germany as COVID cases surpass 200,000

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FILE PHOTO: Passengers wear protective masks on board a train of Swiss rail operator SBB, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues, at Hauptbahnhof central station in Zurich, in Switzerland, July 6, 2020. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann reuters_tickers

This content was published on November 5, 2020 – 16:50

ZURICH (Reuters) – Coronavirus infections increased by 10,128 in one day, data https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/ novel-cov /situation-schweiz-und-international.html from Swiss health authorities showed this on Thursday, as the country which took eight months to reach 100,000 cases of COVID-19 only needed two more weeks to reach 200,000.

Switzerland also announced Thursday that it is cutting the number of trains to neighboring Italy, Germany and France amid partial lockdowns in each of the countries and as travelers avoid cross-border public transport as governments ask them to keep away from others.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Switzerland and neighboring Liechtenstein rose to 202,504 and the death toll rose from 62 to 2,337. Switzerland had only crossed the 100,000 case mark on October 23.

Hospitalizations rose by 399 as the government deployed military personnel to help the struggling health care system deal with the surge in admissions.

Five daily Swiss rail connections to Italy will be suspended from Monday at least to 12 December, while long-distance connections to France will be reduced to two daily connections between Geneva and Paris and one daily connection between Zurich and Paris via Basel to at least Dec 1

In addition, the night trains of the Austrian Federal Railways between Zurich, Berlin and Hamburg are also canceled from this weekend until early December.

“The current situation and the more stringent measures against the coronavirus have led to a significant reduction in the demand for international train travel,” Swiss Federal Railways said in a statement.

(Reporting by Michael Shields and John Miller, editing by John Revill and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi)

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