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Swiss coronavirus death toll rises to 378, positive tests hit 17,139

1/4/2020 6:22:00 PM

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss death toll from the coronavirus has reached 378, the country's public health ministry said on Wednesday, rising from 373 people a day earlier as Switzerland prepares additional measures to mitigate the epidemic's economic hit.

The Swiss government is preparing to expand an emergency liquidity programme for coronavirus-hit businesses, as banks have already handed out more than half of the 20 billion Swiss francs ($20.70 billion) set aside for state-backed loans.(Reporting by John Revill and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi, editing by John Miller)

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