Switzerland 2020 Ticino. Army and Coronavirus

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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Losone. Hotel Garni Tiziana. Four soldier dressed with camouflage uniforms stand in the hotel's lobby. The woman at the reception and the four men, all wear a mask to protect themselves from the coronavirus (also called Covid-19). Due to the spread of the coronavirus (also called Covid-19), the Federal Council has categorised the situation in the country as “extraordinary”. The army was called upon to provide its troops in terms of medical assistance. The militia soldiers from medical troops were called by the Swiss army for the first time since World War II. Under the country's militia system, professional soldiers constitute a small part of the military and the rest are conscripts or volunteers aged 19 to 34 (in some cases up to 50). The soldiers will be on duty the all day at the Ospedale Regionale di Locarno La Carità. 20.11.2020 © 2020 Didier Ruef