Swiss Seen Approves COVID Restrictions As Infections Rise | World news
BERLIN (AP) – Swiss voters appeared ready on Sunday to approve with clear margin legislation that introduced a special COVID-19 certificate that only allows people who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative to attend events and public gatherings.
A screening by the polling agency gfs.bern for the public broadcaster SRF after the polls ended showed that the measure, which is already in force, won the support of 63% of those who surrendered. The referendum offered a relatively rare indicator of public opinion specifically on the issue of government policy to combat the coronavirus in Europe, currently the global epicenter of the pandemic.
The vote on the country’s “COVID-19 law”, which has also released billions of Swiss francs in aid to workers and businesses affected by the pandemic, came as Switzerland – like many other countries in Europe – faces a sharp increase in coronavirus cases.
The Swiss federal government, unlike others, has not reacted with further restrictions. Analysts have said he does not want to generate more opposition to his anti-COVID-19 policies until he faces Sunday’s test at the polls – but that if the Swiss give their opinion, the government may well step up its anti – COVID efforts.
Rejecting the legislation would end the restrictions, as well as the payments. In recent weeks, opponents have amassed heaps of money for their campaign and garnered support from abroad.
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Swiss health officials on Tuesday warned of a growing “fifth wave” in the wealthy Alpine country, where vaccination rates are roughly in line with those in hard-hit neighbors Austria and Germany, which represent about two-thirds of the population. Infection rates have skyrocketed in recent weeks.
The seven-day average number of cases in Switzerland climbed to more than 5,200 per day from mid-October to mid-November, a more than five-fold increase, with an upward trend like those in Germany and neighboring Austria.
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