By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) in Switzerland reported the number of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly.
The latest numbers show the country has seen 5,544 cases to date, including 56 deaths (1% CFR).
Government officials call on the population to take responsibility: stay at home. The Federal Council has also tightened its measures. Meetings of more than five people in public spaces are prohibited. If five people or fewer come together, they must keep a distance of two meters. Anyone who does not abide by this will be punished with a fine.
In addition, the Federal Council is taking measures to restrict the entry of people from risk countries and risk regions. In doing so, they want to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and ensure an adequate supply of care and remedies to the population.
After consultation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Department of Home Affairs (EDI) defines countries or regions that are referred to as a risk country or risk region. The country or region must have taken exceptional measures to prevent and control the new corona virus.
Italy, Germany, France, Austria and Spain are currently considered risk countries.
Persons from risk countries or risk regions are denied entry into Switzerland. Exceptions are possible, for example for people who live or work in Switzerland. If you want to enter despite a ban on entry, you have to demonstrate that one of the exceptions has been met.
This regulation applies for a maximum of 6 months.
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