Corona in Switzerland: 5 things that were important this weekend
All major parties are calling for stricter border measures
Practically all people entering Switzerland should be in quarantine for five days – even if there is a negative corona test. Six party leaders propose this to the Federal Council. The party presidents of SVP, SP, Mitte, FDP, Greens and GLP wrote in the letter that measures “against the import of viruses” could significantly reduce the domestic risks. The Sunday newspaper was the first to report on this.
“If we have learned something in the past few weeks, it is that we can try and take our own measures – if a few tourists bring viruses back to Switzerland, they will spread rapidly throughout the country”, says GLP President Jürg Grossen.
According to the concept of the parties, people entering Switzerland should – depending on the risk situation in their country of origin – have to present a validated PCR test. When entering airports, an antigen test could also be offered at cost. Another antigen test should be requested at least five days later. Until then, people should have to go into quarantine.
Resistance to the border measures is forming
The marginal demands of the parties provoked pointed reactions. The union VPOD Luftverkehr is outraged: The se are “disproportionate” and fueled the risk of mass layoffs in the tourism sector “to a previously unimaginable extent”. Instead, the union calls for a test system at the borders that prevents and does not supplement the quarantine obligation.
This is also the opinion of Andreas Züllig, President of the Hotelleriesuisse Association. While he could still understand the presentation of a negative Covid test upon entry, an additional five-day quarantine would go too far. So it no longer makes sense to keep the hotels open, quoted him from SRF.
Even «Die Mitte» National Councilor Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter cannot gain anything from this proposal and has doubts that it can be implemented in the border regions:
Is the federal government changing the test strategy?
In a draft ordinance, the Federal Office of Public Health calls on the cantons to carry out regular corona tests in old people’s homes, schools and companies. This was reported by the “SonntagsBlick”.
The goal is to get out of the lockdown spiral. If 30 percent of the mobile population could be tested regularly, the positivity rate and the R-value could be kept low over the long term. According to an assessment by Lukas Engelberger, President of the Conference of Health Directors, the cantons should support this reorganization. The Federal Council has to decide.
The corona pandemic in Switzerland intensified again after a slight decrease in mid-January. After the BAG reported a reproduction value (R value) of 0.79 for January 12 on Friday, it announced a value of 0.89 for January 14 on Sunday.
This can be found on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health. This shattered the hope that was expressed on Friday that the number of cases could be cut in half every two weeks.
The last time the R value fell below 0.8 was between November 6th and 12th. The reproductive number indicates how many people an infected person infects on average. Accordingly, 100 infected people infected 89 other people on January 14.
Vaccination recommendation now also for pregnant women
“First of all, the FOPH announced that pregnant women could not get vaccinated at all. But now we have agreed that pregnant women, if they have additional risks, can have a vaccination – after weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of the vaccination », Daniel Surbek, board member of the Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics (SGGG) and chief physician for gynecology at Bern’s Inselspital, told Radio SRF. Accordingly, the vaccination recommendation only applies to pregnant women with additional risks.
The reluctance comes from the fact that there is hardly any data on possible side effects of the new vaccination against the coronavirus. Surbek hopes to have reliable data on the effect of the vaccine on pregnant women by spring. “If these data show no evidence of undesirable side effects, then all pregnant women should also have the opportunity to get vaccinated”said Surbek. (saw / sda)
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