Switzerland expands Covid-19 quarantine watchlist

Switzerland expanded on Wednesday the number of territories on its watchlist of coronavirus hot spots to 42, with arrivals from it must enter a ten-day quarantine, health authorities. Since 6 July people entering Switzerland from a country with an increased risk of infection have been legally mandated to go into quarantine or face a 10,000 Swiss franc fine.

New entries as of Thursday include Bosnia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Montenegro, the Palestinian territories, Suriname and the United Arab Emirates. The authorities removed Belarus and Sweden from the list.

Swiss health authorities have reported here more than 33,800 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and nearly 1,700 deaths from the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. Switzerland last month phased out most of the restrictions it imposed to contain the spread of the virus, declaring the country better equipped to handle any fresh flare-ups.

New cases have dwindled to dozens a day, allowing schools, shops and borders with fellow members of the Schengen passport-free travel zone to reopen as life returns to near-normal. But passengers on public transport still have to wear facemasks.

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