Switzerland: Authorities preparing to toughen measures against unvaccinated people

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The Swiss government has proposed a series of restrictions on the unvaccinated against coronavirus.

As provided for in the operation of the Confederation, these measures will be put to consultation by 14 December in the cantons and the circles concerned. The Federal Council (government) put two choices.

The first provides for the adoption of the so-called “2G” rule for the interior (in German “geimpft oder genesen”, or access only to the vaccinated or cured) with the obligation to wear a mask and consume while sitting. Access to cultural venues, sports facilities and entertainment venues as well as events will only be allowed to those who have been vaccinated or recovered. A negative test will also be necessary (2G + rule) when it is not possible for citizens to wear a mask or eat while sitting, such as in discos, bars and certain leisure activities.

The second alternative provides for the closure of areas where it is not possible to use a mask. In both cases, the basic measures are reinforced by compulsory teleworking, the restriction of private meetings for example, and the reintroduction of distance learning in universities.

The data in Switzerland

Switzerland and its small neighbor Liechtenstein have reported more than 1.1 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 – more than a tenth of the population – and more than 11,000 deaths since the pandemic began last year. Like other countries in the region, Switzerland, with a population of almost 8.6 million, has seen an increase in infections in recent weeks. The country has recorded 11,340 deaths due to Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. In the face of the new wave of infections, Switzerland has recently expanded the use of the mask, as well as the obligation of the sanitary pass.

The number of infections with the Delta variant, which currently prevails, is very high and the burden on intensive care units has greatly increased. According to government experts, a first critical level in the intensive care unit could be recorded in mid-December. Authorities also estimate that cases of the new highly contagious Omicron variant will multiply in Switzerland in the coming weeks and that this strain of the virus could become prevalent by mid or late January, depending on its degree of transmissibility.

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