GENEVA

The Swiss government announced Thursday that it will ease some of its lockdown restrictions meant to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in three stages starting April 27.

“On April 27, hospitals will be able to resume all medical procedures, including non-urgent procedures, and outpatient medical practices, hairdressing salons, massage practices, and cosmetic studios will be allowed to reopen,” said the Federal Council, the cabinet for the government.

The announcement came the day the department of health announced that the number of virus-linked deaths in Switzerland crossed one thousand — 1,017 with 26,732 people testing positive.

Data from cantonal sources, however,

Read more: Switzerland to ease some pandemic curbs from April 27