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Source: Swiss Kanton Nidwalden News in German9. October 2020 The canton of Nidwalden recently recorded an increase in infections with Covid-19. These usually take place in a family or private environment. The number of those affected who have to be hospitalized has remained at a low level. In the current situation, the health department continues to rely on the personal responsibility of the population. The number of people suffering from the coronavirus has recently been increasing in the canton of Nidwalden. The statistics show a total of 186 cases, currently one person is in hospital treatment for Covid-19. This week, for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, the incidence value of more than 60 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants was exceeded within the past 14 days. From this value onwards, the Conference of Cantonal Health Directors (GDK) recommends the introduction of increased protective measures. It should be noted, however, that fluctuations in the number of cases in a canton with a low population like Nidwalden are more significant in this regard. At the moment there are no further regulations such as a mask requirement in shops and other publicly accessible indoor spaces. “We are aware that the latest developments in the population can cause uncertainty. However, the majority of the most recent infections in one’s own canton can be traced back to cases in the family and private sphere in which transmission has taken place. Those affected were isolated and their contact persons were quarantined, ”explains health and social director Michèle Blöchliger. As long as the chains of infection can be quickly identified and interrupted and those affected comply with the quarantine obligation, it is still possible to keep the virus under control. Nevertheless, the cantonal health department warns not to let up in the fight against the spread of Covid-19. “Even if it is becoming increasingly difficult, the hygiene and distance rules in the private as well as in the professional environment must still be adhered to”, emphasizes Michèle Blöchliger. Wearing a protective mask is recommended where it is not possible to keep your distance. In addition, event organizers or shop owners are free to introduce a mask requirement themselves, unless this has already been defined by a corresponding protection concept. “We currently continue to rely on personal responsibility and consistent contact tracing and would like to protect the population as far as possible from restrictions in connection with increased corona measures,” the government councilor added. Against the background of the increasing number of cases across Europe and Switzerland, the imminent “flu months” and the fact that no vaccine exists yet, the line between personal responsibility of society and officially ordered measures is fine. “Even if each canton is now responsible for itself, it would be a fallacy, given today’s mobility, to only use our own situation as a yardstick,” continues Michèle Blöchliger. The development must be viewed as a whole, which is one of the reasons why the Director of Health and Social Affairs continues to be in constant contact with her colleagues from other cantons in order to analyze the situation and, if necessary, to coordinate the introduction of protective measures at least regionally, as far as this makes sense is considered. If the curve in and around Nidwalden continues to rise and the incidence value is exceeded for a certain period of time even without clearly definable hotspots, the government council will examine concrete measures and, if necessary, introduce them are at a level at which health facilities in Nidwalden are currently not threatened with overload. Nevertheless, severe disease courses cannot be ruled out and, if possible, prevented, especially in people at risk. According to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), these include not only those over 65 and people with certain previous illnesses, but also pregnant women. «Health remains our top priority. This has to be protected. Ideally with a middle ground like now, in order to avoid further economic damage or interruptions in social contacts, ”continues Michèle Blöchliger. “I think it is in everyone’s best interest to keep the risk of a second lockdown away from us. Therefore, everyone is urged to remain vigilant and to follow the applicable rules as best as possible. “

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