And faced a proliferation of cases COVID-19 And an epidemic situation described as “extremely critical” and with an “unfavorable” development, the government
Swiss Proposed, this Friday, a whole series of restrictions on
We are in a very critical phase of the epidemic. The Minister of Health, Alain Berset, announced at a press conference that cases are increasing and so are hospitalizations.
Several scenarios were considered
A month ago, the situation was completely different, but unfortunately there is such uncertainty that we have to adapt. I did not think that we would go, in mid-December, to find ourselves under such pressure,” he said, to justify the envisaged measures. As expected in the work of the Federation, these measures are subject to consultation until December 14 with the cantons and departments concerned to know their positions. The Federal Council has determined (Government) Two Choices The first predictions, regarding indoor spaces, are the introduction of the so-called “2G” rule (in German “geimpft oder genesen,” access only to vaccinated or treated people) with a commitment to mask-wearing and seated consumption.
Access to cultural institutions, sports and leisure facilities as well as events will be reserved for vaccinated or recovered persons. Negative testing will also be necessary (2G+ rule) when the mask cannot be worn or taken while seated, such as in nightclubs, bars and in some recreational activities. The second alternative provides for the closure of places where the mask cannot be worn, in particular the interior spaces of restaurants, gyms, discos and bars.
The epidemic reached its peak at the end of January
In both cases, basic measures are reinforced by compulsory homework, limiting private meetings for example, and reintroducing distance education in universities. Like other countries in the region, Switzerland, which has a population of about 8.6 million, has faced a spike in infections in recent weeks. The country has recorded 11,340 deaths from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. Only 66.30% of the population is fully vaccinated, which is a relatively low percentage compared to other countries in Western Europe.
In the face of the new wave of infections, Switzerland has so far recently extended the wearing of masks, as well as the commitment to the health card. The number of infections with the delta variant, which is currently prevalent, is very high and the burden on intensive care units has increased sharply. According to estimates by government experts, the first critical level in intensive care could be reached in mid-December. The authorities also believe that cases of the new, highly contagious variant Omicron should double in Switzerland in the coming weeks and that this strain of the virus could, depending on the degree of infection, become prevalent from mid or late January.
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