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Switzerland - Covid quarantine time shortened to cope with wave of infections


(MENAFN- Swissinfo) Español (es) Suiza reduce tiempo de cuarentena y aislamiento por COVID

  • Português (pt) Quarentena reduzida para lidar com onda de infecções
  • Interior Minister Alain Berset said there is scientific evidence that the time of incubation and infection with the Omicron variant is relatively short and therefore long periods of isolation and quarantine didn't make sense.

    However, he cautioned that the epidemiological situation remained difficult to assess.

    “This might be the beginning of the end of the pandemic phase,” he told a news conference.

    The decision, which will take effect on Thursday, involves cutting the quarantine and isolation periods to five days, from seven and ten days respectively, and only those people in close contact with an infected person would be subject to the rules.

    Ahead of Wednesday's decision there had been calls to shorten the quarantine period, notably from the business community and several cantonal authorities, as tens of thousands of people get infected with the virus every day, threatening to hamstring the economy.

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