Switzerland has further relaxed its Covid-19 restrictions, in a context of stabilising infection and hospitalisation rates. The vaccination roll-out is accelerating to over 51,000 jabs a day.
- The number of new positive Covid cases appears to have stabilised. On April 30, the Federal Office of Public Health reported 1,831 new confirmed cases. The national 14-day incidence was down slightly to 310 new cases per 100,000 residents. The national reproduction (R-value) on April 20 was 0.98.
- Vaccination roll-out is accelerating (51,000 jabs a day) but Switzerland is still experiencing hiccups and delays with deliveries. Some 2.6 million Covid-19 doses were administered between late December and April 28, by which time almost 11% of the population had been fully vaccinated. The Swiss government has ordered nearly 36 million vaccine doses from five companies. Health regulator Swissmedic has given the green light to three Covid-19 vaccines: from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
- More than 10,000 people have died in connection with Covid-19 in Switzerland, which has a population of 8.6 million.
- On April 21, the government said that any additional relaxation of pandemic measures was unlikely before May 26. This announcement came two days after restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen their outdoor seating areas.
- On April 20, the US State Department added 116 countries, including Switzerland, to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory list, due to the high level of Covid.
- Restrictions on sporting and leisure activities of adults were also partially lifted on April 19. Limited numbers of spectators can watch sporting and cultural events: a maximum of 100 at outdoors events and 50 indoors.
- The rules for entering Switzerland were adapted on February 8. Depending on the type of travel, you might have to fill out a form for incoming travellers, provide proof of a negative test and/or go into quarantine. Further information on entry requirements can be found on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).