COVID-⁠19 Switzerland

Information on the current situation, as of 22 October 2021

Weekly comparisonWeek 40, starting 11.10.2021

Source: FOPH – Status: 22.10.2021, 07.52h

This report, published every Thursday morning, provides a detailed overview of the epidemiological situation and trends in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Tests and share of positive tests

Week 39 starting 04.10.2021 and week 40 starting 11.10.2021

Status description

Tests and share of positive tests, Week 40 starting 11.10.2021

The status description provides a summary of the development of the COVID-⁠19 epidemic in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein for the last two calendar weeks. The descriptions are based on data received by the editorial deadline on Wednesday morning of week (20.10.2021) following the reporting week. The figures for the week shown are not yet complete at this time due to reporting delays – especially in the case of laboratory-⁠confirmed hospitalisations and laboratory-⁠confirmed deaths. The descriptions are not updated retrospectively. The figures in the descriptive texts may thus deviate slightly from the graphs, which are updated on a daily basis to account for any late, incorrect and duplicate entries that are reported for the week in question.

The current status description is only available in French, German and Italian at the moment.
Key figures at a glance In der Berichtswoche wurden 164 386 Tests (62 % PCR und 38 % Antigen-Schnelltests) gemeldet. Seit Anfang der Berichtswoche (11.10.2021) werden die Kosten für Antigen-Schnelltests, welche zu einem Covid-Zertifikat führen, nur noch in definierten Ausnahmefällen übernommen. Dies widerspiegelt sich in der Anzahl gemeldeter Tests in der Berichtswoche im Vergleich zur Vorwoche.
Geographical distribution In 16 Kantonen und im FL veränderte sich die Zahl der gemeldeten Tests nicht signifikant. In 10 Kantonen sank sie signifikant. Die Inzidenzrate gemeldeter Tests lag in den Kantonen und im FL zwischen 930 pro 100 000 Einw. und Woche in JU und 5416 in UR. Pro Person sind mehrere positive und negative Tests möglich.
Share of positive tests Schweizweit (inkl. FL) war der Anteil positiver PCR-Tests mit 6,2 % in der Berichtswoche ähnlich wie in der Vorwoche (6,1 %). Der Anteil positiver Antigen-Schnelltests stieg deutlich von 0,8 % in der Vorwoche auf 1,5 % in der Berichtswoche
Demography In der Berichtswoche wurden in den Altersklassen der 20- bis 39-Jährigen je über 32 000 Tests gemeldet. Dies beinhaltet PCR-Tests sowie Antigen-Schnelltests. Bezogen auf die Bevölkerungszahl wurden in der Altersklasse der 20- bis 29-Jährigen mit 3285 pro 100 000 Einw. die meisten Tests gemeldet. In den Alterklassen der 0- bis 9-Jährigen und der 30- 79-Jährigen hat die Anzahl der Tests abgenommen, in den restlichen Altersklassen gab es keine signifikanten Veränderungen. Das Medianalter der getesteten Personen lag in der Berichtswoche bei 35 Jahren. Die Inzidenzrate der Tests war in der Berichtswoche bei Frauen höher als bei Männern (+13 %).
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Geographical distribution

Number of tests, Weekly comparison of week 39 starting 04.10.2021 and week 40 starting 11.10.2021

The graph shows the number of tests performed in the selected weeks.
Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Per 100 000 inh.Absolute number of tests
Total until 17.10.2021 130 678,3611 381 242
Week 39 starting 04.10.2021 2656,39231 354
Week 40 starting 11.10.2021 1888,62164 487
Difference−28,9%−28,9%
Tests per 100 000 inhabitants
Week 39 starting 04.10.2021
Week 40 starting 11.10.2021
CH+FL (Week 39 starting 04.10.2021)
CH+FL (Week 40 starting 11.10.2021)

Tests per 100 000 inhabitants

Absolute number of tests
Week 39 starting 04.10.2021
Week 40 starting 11.10.2021

Tests

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Share of positive tests

Share of positive tests, Weekly comparison of week 39 starting 04.10.2021 and week 40 starting 11.10.2021

The graph shows the share of positive tests in the selected weeks. Rapid antigen tests have only been carried out since week 45 starting 02.11.2020. There is no data available by canton group for the laboratory tests conducted before week 22 starting 25.05.2020.

On the basis of the extended testing strategy, more people without symptoms are being tested (for example in the course of mass testing). The results of such tests do not have to be reported. However, positive results do have to be confirmed with a PCR test. Both negative and positive results of these confirmatory PCR tests have to be reported. This pre-⁠⁠selection may result in an increase in the share of positive PCR tests by an indefinite amount.
Switzerland and Liechtenstein
PCR testsRapid antigen tests
Total until 17.10.20219,8%4,3%
Week 39 starting 04.10.2021 6,1%0,8%
Week 40 starting 11.10.2021 6,2%1,5%
Difference0,1pp0,7pp
PCR tests
Week 39 starting 04.10.2021
Week 40 starting 11.10.2021
CH+FL (Week 39 starting 04.10.2021)
CH+FL (Week 40 starting 11.10.2021)

Share of positive PCR tests

Rapid antigen tests
Week 39 starting 04.10.2021
Week 40 starting 11.10.2021
CH+FL (Week 39 starting 04.10.2021)
CH+FL (Week 40 starting 11.10.2021)

Share of positive rapid antigen tests

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Demography

Number of tests, Weekly comparison of week 39 starting 04.10.2021 and week 40 starting 11.10.2021

The graph shows the number of tests performed in the selected weeks.
Distribution by age group
Tests per 100 000 inhabitants
Week 39 starting 04.10.2021
Week 40 starting 11.10.2021

Tests per 100 000 inhabitants

Absolute number of tests
Week 39 starting 04.10.2021
Week 40 starting 11.10.2021

Tests

Distribution by gender
Week 39 starting 04.10.2021
Week 40 starting 11.10.2021

Percentage share

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Source: FOPH – Status: 22.10.2021, 07.52h