Swiss government to further relax virus restrictions from 19 April

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The Swiss government on Wednesday announced further easing of its Covid-19 restrictions, allowing restaurants to reopen outdoor terraces from next week and sports events to take place with audiences, Reuters reported.

The government said cinemas, theatres and concert venues will also be allowed to readmit guests from Monday, 19 April, although visitors will have to wear masks and keep a safe distance apart. Universities and adult education centres will be allowed to resume in-person classes at reduced capacity, it added.

The steps comes despite the government saying the infection situation remained fragile and had actually worsened in recent days. On Wednesday the number of cases increased by 2,601, taking the total infections to 627,968. The death toll in Switzerland and neighbouring Liechtenstein rose by 14 to 9,844.

Switzerland's easing contrasts with neighbouring Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking temporary powers from parliament to enforce coronavirus lockdowns in areas with high infection rates to halt the advance of a third wave.

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