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Swiss coronavirus death toll climbs to 1,059, positive tests top 27,000

This content was published on April 17, 2020 - 11:35

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss death toll from the new coronavirus has reached 1,059 people, the country's public health agency said on Friday, rising from 1,017 on Thursday.

The number of people showing positive tests for the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus increased to 27,078 from 26,732, it said https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/situation-schweiz-und-international.html.

The government plans gradual easing of restrictions to curb the epidemic's spread from April 27, starting with the opening of hairdressers and nail bars.

(Reporting by John Revill; Editing by Michael Shields)

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