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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Lugano. A Brazilian woman living for many years in Ticino walks on a sidewalk near the tennis club which is closed because of the coronavirus. She talks on her smartphone and wears a handmade design shirt with a swiss flag and the written words " Blessed is the country where God is the Lord" (psalm 33.12). Due to the spread of the coronavirus ( also called Covid-19), the Federal Council has categorised the situation in the country as “extraordinary”. It has issued a recommendation to all citizens to stay at home, especially the sick and the elderly. From March 16 the government ramped up its response to the widening pandemic, ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, sports facilities and cultural spaces. The flag of Switzerland displays a white cross in the centre of a square red field. The white cross is known as the Swiss cross. 9.04.20 © 2020 Didier Ruef