Should vaccinated people regain freedoms?
Should corona-vaccinated people get their freedom back when traveling, going to concerts and restaurants? Opinions are divided on this question. How do you feel about the subject? Write your thoughts in the comments of the following article:
59 army members in Spiez tested positive for Corona
In the recruiting school in Spiez BE, 59 members of the army tested positive for the corona virus, and a further 87 people were quarantined. The army has interrupted the training of the affected group.
The corona cases were found in the NBC Defense School 77, as the army reports. The recruits were routinely tested for the corona virus. The protection concept provides for this before a general vacation in order to be able to prevent a possible procrastination into civilian life. According to the notification, there have been no difficult developments so far.
The analyzes have so far only found cases of the British virus variant B.1.1.7, which is likely to have favored the course of the outbreak.
Lucerne corona scammer has to go to jail
A 35-year-old building contractor from Lucerne has to go to jail for wrongly drawing a Covid 19 loan of CHF 110,000. This was decided by the Lucerne criminal court and convicted of fraud.
The man had submitted the form for corona emergency aid to the commercial bank of his dry construction company in March 2020. According to his information, he feared a construction freeze as a result of the pandemic at this time. The loan application was a precautionary measure.
The public prosecutor, however, saw it as proven that he applied for the money with fraudulent intent and that he had also misused it. The court sentenced the man to two years and two months’ imprisonment for fraud, forgery and multiple unfaithful business management. He has to serve ten months of this, with a trial period of 4 years for the rest.
The judgment is the first of its kind in German-speaking Switzerland. It is not yet final.
End of the BAG media conference
This ends the point de press of the Federal Office of Public Health. We will keep you up to date on news about the coronavirus here in the live ticker.
What about the side effects of the vaccinations?
What about the side effects of the vaccination? In general, the vaccinations are well tolerated and the side effects are monitored by Swissmedic. People who have already had a corona infection have somewhat more severe side effects such as fever and redness, says Virginie Masserey. These people are advised not to have a second vaccination, as the first vaccination along with the infection should be sufficient to protect them.
Is the FOPH overwhelmed with the situation?
“It is certainly an extraordinary situation, new questions arise every day in this pandemic. But that is also the case abroad. It is learning by doing and we are constantly trying to improve ”, BAG director Anne Lévy answered the question.
Should Swiss people use their own or the EU vaccination certificate?
“The European solution for a vaccination certificate does not yet exist either. So let’s move forward with our own Swiss solution and hope that one or even two solutions will be available in the summer, ”replies Masserey.
Lévy: “Contact tracing in the responsibility of the cantons”
The Bernese government councilor Pierre Alain Schnegg calls for a national system for recording contact data in clubs, bars and restaurants in the NZZ so that contact tracing does not collapse again when the restaurant is allowed to open. What does the BAG think of it?
The SwissCovid app already exists, answers Anne Lévy. “Contact tracing is the responsibility of the cantons. Accordingly, we would be happy if digital solutions were found by the cantons. ”
How is the connection between the FOPH and meinimpfungen.ch?
Virginie Masserey apparently has a mandate on the board of trustees of the foundation that operates meinimpfungen.ch. She says she did not take part in decision-making meetings on cooperation with the BAG. However, she will give up her mandate entirely in order to draw an even clearer line between the BAG and the foundation.
Whether the cooperation with the foundation will be continued is currently completely open. First of all, the foundation now has to secure the data leak, then we will see further.
Is the FOPH responsible for the debacle at Meineimpfungen.ch?
“We subsidize this company, but we’re not the only ones. It is a very broad foundation that is supported by many sides. It is the only tool so far that offers a digital overview for vaccinations. The responsibility lies with the private foundation, so if you have any further questions, you have to contact my vaccinations, ”Lévy evades.
Why does the vaccination certificate only come out in the summer?
At the end of April, the vaccination should be increased significantly, but according to the BAG, the vaccination certificate will be available in June at the earliest. Why is that so? Asks a journalist.
Lévy replies: “You will only need the vaccination certificate when you can travel or go to events again – if at all. It is not yet clear what it will be specifically used for. Our goal is for the certificate to be available by summer. There are still many technical questions to be clarified. ”
Do we need a national vaccination register now?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a national vaccination registry? “There is no legal basis for this. It is not up to us to demand this basis, we are now working with the basis that we have, »says Lévy.
Pharmacies should be able to test more easily
Anne Lévy says that asymptomatic testing does not require a separate entrance and exit in pharmacies. They are in contact with the cantons and the pharmacists’ association to simplify these regulations. This regulation does not come from the BAG.
Are opening steps now conceivable?
Now the question and answer session starts. A journalist wants to know why opening steps are not possible despite stable numbers of deaths and hospitalizations.
“There are still many people at risk, especially those who have to go to hospital. These are not necessarily old people or people with previous illnesses. Everyone over the age of 50 is at higher risk. In absolute numbers there are still many, so we have to be careful, ”replies Virginie Masserey.
The opening steps would also be looked at depending on the success of the vaccination, currently it is still too early, adds BAG director Anne Lévy.
Ackermann shows the effect of maintaining the measures
Martin Ackermann, President of the Covid Task Force, is now speaking. “The task force modeled how the number of cases could have developed if we had opened quickly at the beginning of March.” Possibly we would be in the same place as in October and a big wave would have been possible in summer. “But if we keep the measures, the curve should be much flatter.”
The task force also calculated models for the effect of the vaccinations. The faster the vaccination, the greater the positive effect on new infections and hospitalizations. “It is also important for people’s psyche to prevent the number of cases from rising again sharply.” More speed with the vaccinations, less with the openings, it is the right approach for him to “get over the mountain” as quickly as possible.
Lévy: “Self-tests should be available in a few weeks”
Next, Lévy talks about testing. “In the meantime, 22 cantons have submitted a concept for mass testing, and two cantons are already doing well. Repetitive testing should be possible and free of charge in schools, companies and administrations in the future. That means we can test people even when there is no increased risk of transmission. ”
There are enough tests on the market, affirms the BAG director and is making an interpretation. “Rapid tests are the tests that you can already do in some pharmacies today. You should do this before visiting your family at Easter, for example. It’s about asymptomatic testing. Self-tests should be available in a few weeks, at the moment Swissmedic has not yet issued the necessary exemption. ”
Lévy: “We will have an internationally recognized vaccination certificate by summer”
Anne Lévy, Director of the Federal Office of Public Health, speaks about the vaccination certificate. “We want to be able to issue a forgery-proof and internationally recognized vaccination certificate.” The legal basis for this now exists with the Covid-19 Act. There is still no legal basis for a central vaccination register.
The vaccination certificate will be available on paper and digitally. But it must be able to be issued in a forgery-proof manner. It is a personal document that is voluntary. Lévy says there are still many unanswered questions, but the task can certainly be solved. “Our goal is to have such a vaccination certificate available by summer.” The focus is on facilitating travel, further privileges for vaccinated people must be politically discussed and decided.
This vaccination certificate has nothing to do with meinimpfungen.ch. The vaccination portal operated by a foundation was taken offline on Monday due to a data leak. The BAG regrets the data leak and has instructed the foundation to take everything off the network as long as the data is not secure.
Expert calls for caution over Easter
«We have to remain cautious over the Easter days and weigh the risks of meetings carefully. Meet in places outside or where you can have a lot of distance », Virginie Masserey calls on the population. The residents should also make an appointment for rapid antigen tests before Easter, because the demand is high.
Masserey: “Vaccination campaign is bearing its first fruits”
Around 14.5 percent of the population has already been vaccinated, says Masserey. “The vaccination campaign is beginning to bear fruit among the elderly. This can be seen in the incidence of hospitalizations: the curve for those over 80 years of age declines significantly, for the younger it remains stable. ”
In the retirement and nursing homes, the number of infections and deaths also fell, which is also a result of the vaccinations, emphasizes the BAG expert. «It seems that the vaccination campaign is working for the over 80 age group. Now people over 75 and, depending on the canton, people over 65 are vaccinated. ”
Now live: BAG media conference
Virginie Masserey, Head of Infection Control Section at the FOPH, opened today’s Point de Presse. «The number of cases continues to rise. However, this increase remains curbed due to the measures in place. At the same time, we are now seeing some indications of the effect of the vaccination on the elderly. ”
“During the hospitalizations, we see that the situation is stabilizing,” continues Masserey. In the intensive care units and in the case of deaths, the situation is also stable.
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