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Week in Numbers Diarrhoea in the army, heat chaos on the railways

A load of loo paper

Almost every article published by contains a percentage, an age, an amount of money or some other figure. Here’s a round-up of some of the most interesting statistics to appear in the past week’s stories.



The amount in francs that tobacco multinational Philip Morris pledged to the Swiss foreign ministry’s social activities. The WHO and the Federal Office of Public Health were among those voicing criticism.



The 63,333 people who moved to Switzerland in the first half of 2019 were 1.8% less than for the same period last year.



The weight in kilos of an ice lolly given to bears at Servion Zoo to help them keep cool as a heatwave intensified across parts of the country. 



The heatwave also played havoc with some rail tracks. However, according to the Federal Railways, studies show that rails which have been painted white remain up to 7°C cooler. 



Around 90 members of the Swiss army based in Sion were put out of action by a bout of diarrhoea. It is the third such case this summer.

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