Switzerland to extend restrictive measures by February-end

Restaurants and leisure venues set to remain closed in a bid to halt an expected infections rise

The pandemic situation in Switzerland remains serious despite restrictions introduced last month, Interior Minister Alain Berset said at a news conference today. “The infections have remained at more or less the same level since the beginning of December,” he pointed out.

The government has prepared a series of proposals, notably extending the closure of restaurants, bars, culture venues and sports across the country until the end of February. A final decision will be taken next week following consultations with the 26 cantons, employers’ organisations and trade unions.

Berset, whose portfolio includes health matters, said the government was aware of the difficult situation, especially faced by the restaurant sector, culture organisations and sports clubs. He said additional economic aid was being considered to cushion the impact of the restrictions, but added that the restrictions in Switzerland remained less strict than in many other European countries even if the rate of infections, deaths or hospitalisations is comparatively high.

Confronted with criticism about the government’s vaccination policy, Berset reiterated that Switzerland had placed orders for more than 15 million jabs for a population of 8.5 million residents. He said a supply of 500,000 doses of vaccine would arrive in Switzerland by the end of this month and an additional one million doses by March.

More on this subject: Coronavirus

Similar articles

  • Fast vaccination drives up the UK economy

    Fast vaccination drives up the UK economy

    The UK economy would grow faster than previously expected this year on the back of fast vaccination rollout, shows a paper, issued by the International Monetary Fund. The Fund said that the prospects of rich and poor nations diverged more due to differing access to Covid vaccines, BBC elaborated. The forecast for the UK reaches as high as 7% growth of GDP.

  • UK virus cases fall for seven days in a row to experts’ surprise

    UK virus cases fall for seven days in a row to experts’ surprise

    Britain registered lower coronavirus case numbers for seven days in a row on Tuesday, a decline that has surprised officials and experts. However, PM Boris Johnson called for caution, news wires reported. Recorded infection rates across the UK have dropped for seven consecutive days with 23,511 new cases announced on Tuesday compared to 46,558 a week earlier -- a fall of nearly 50%.

  • UK reports a fall in number of new coronavirus cases for fifth day in a row

    UK reports a fall in number of new coronavirus cases for fifth day in a row

    The number of new daily cases of Covid-19 in the UK has fallen for the fifth day in a row, news wires reported. A total of 29,173 cases announced by the government on Sunday, were down from the 48,161 recorded a week ago on 18 July. It is the fifth day in a row that the number of daily reported cases has dropped, with average daily cases down 15% week on week. The last time cases fell for five consecutive days was between 5 and 9 February.