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Situation in Switzerland

The number of cases is increasing sharply, with the growth largely due to the highly infectious Delta variant affecting unvaccinated people, mainly in the 10-29-year-old age group. “We could see another wave in Switzerland, bigger than last autumn,” said Samia Hurst, vice-president of the National Covid-19 Science Task Force on July 20. The good news, say officials, is that hospitalisations remain at a relatively low level.

The vaccination rollout continues across the country but has slowed. In total, 8.6 million doses were administered between late December and July 20. Around 47.5% of the population have been fully (two jabs) vaccinated. The Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine has been cleared for use on 12 to 15-year-olds.

Since June 26, anyone from a third country who is fully vaccinated can enter Switzerland for tourism or a visit. Conditions may apply, including testing or quarantine, particularly for people arriving from countries with variants of concern. TravelcheckExternal link offers information about how the rules apply to specific countries.

Since June 26, mask-wearing is no longer required outdoors, dance clubs and waterparks are open, and large events of over 10,000 can take place provided people can show a Covid certificate. Since May 31, indoor and outdoor areas of restaurants have been open and working from home has been recommended, but no longer required.

A forgery-proof Covid-19 certificate was made available on June 7 and is being rolled out across the country to anyone who has been vaccinated, has recovered from or has recently tested negative for coronavirus.

More than 10,300 people have died in connection with Covid-19 in Switzerland, which has a population of 8.6 million.

[Source: Swissinfo, Bern, 03Aug21]

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