Swiss authorities say positive coronavirus tests rise by 204 to 27,944, deaths at 1,142

Reuters , Monday 20 Apr 2020

A sign behind a fence warns residents that a lakeside promenade is closed due to health safety measures amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Zurich, Switzerland April 17, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

The Swiss death toll from the new coronavirus has reached 1,142, the country's public health ministry said on Monday, rising from 1,135 people on Sunday.

The number of positive tests also increased to 27,944 from 27,740 on Sunday, it said. The slowdown in the number of new cases has allowed the Swiss government to start relaxing its lockdown restrictions from April 27. 

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