Swiss health minister says new COVID-19 measures would last long time
ZURICH (SWITZERLAND) – New Swiss restrictions slated to be announced on Wednesday to curb the spread of COVID-19 will likely remain for “a long time”, Health Minister Alain Berset said on Monday. New infections hit 17,440 over the weekend.
New infections doubled from last weekend, with total recorded cases touching 121,093 as Switzerland is experiencing a second wave of infections. Thirty-seven people died, bringing total deaths to 1,914.
Switzerland’s 26 cantons are enforcing regional restrictions, including new closing times for bars. Still, the federal government is waiting until Wednesday to declare a package for the country.
Berset said at a news conference in Lausanne, “What we’re preparing now will likely last a long time. We’re not making decisions on Wednesday for Friday, we’re making decisions for the next weeks and months.”