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Switzerland holds off on tighter coronavirus restrictions as cases rise

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Switzerland holds off on tighter coronavirus restrictions as cases rise
Switzerland holds off on tighter coronavirus restrictions as cases rise   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021
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ZURICH – Switzerland will not tighten curbs on public life for now despite rising coronavirus cases, the government said on Wednesday, reserving the right for people to show a COVID-status certificate to allow access to many indoor spaces.

The government had signalled such a move last week when it ordered millions more doses of COVID-19 vaccine for possible use as booster shots, as it warned that a rising number of serious cases could soon overwhelm hospitals.

“The number of hospital admissions of coronavirus patients remains high, but has not increased in the last week. Therefore, the (cabinet) has not yet decided (on widening use of certificates) today,” a government statement said on Wednesday.

It would decide on measures to relieve hospitals “at any time should this become necessary,” it added.

The certificate provides proof of vaccination, recovery from infection or a negative test result.

The number of new infections https://www.covid19.admin.ch/en/overview?time=total in Switzerland and tiny neighbour Liechtenstein has picked up again to reach around 780,000 since the pandemic began. The death toll has exceeded 10,500.

Just over half the Swiss population has been fully vaccinated, Health Minister Alain Berset said last week, but a third of adults remained unjabbed. He pointed to lower vaccination rates than in neighbouring countries.