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Switzerland considers pandemic-restricted lockdown a mounting COVID-19 case | WSAU News / Talk 550 AM · 99.9 FM

ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland on Friday proposed further tightening restrictions on public life in an attempt to break a surge in coronavirus cases that threaten to overwhelm its healthcare system. the country, and suggested that a restrictive lockdown might be necessary.

The government is asking regional authorities to consider expanding the requirement for proof of vaccination or virus recovery to reach more indoor locations.

“To be ready if other measures are needed, the Federal Council will submit two variations of the proposed measures… for consultation by December 14,” the Cabinet said. Both measures limit social and economic life and affect not only the unvaccinated but also those who have been vaccinated and recovered.”

Under one proposal, vaccinated people would also need to test negative to enter places like bars, restaurants and discos, where masks are not allowed.

Under an alternative proposal, it would close such locations entirely.

Switzerland has been trying to limit public activity without resorting to another round of sanctions, as neighboring Austria has done.

Switzerland and its tiny neighbor Liechtenstein have reported more than 1.1 million confirmed COVID-19 infections – more than a tenth of the population – and more than 11,000 deaths since the pandemic broke out last year.

The government has said it wants to limit private indoor gatherings to 5 people if one of them, including a child, is unvaccinated, while up to 30 people will be allowed to gather indoors if all have been vaccinated.

It will also require working from home, compared with current recommendations to do so.

If the situation worsens further, the government has said it will consider limiting all private gatherings to five people.

A relatively low two-thirds of residents are fully immunized, including three-quarters of the population 12 years of age and older, but injection resistance remains widespread.

More than 80% of the intensive care beds were filled, forcing some hospitals to use triage to see which patients had room.

While ski lifts continue to operate normally, operators on Friday introduced new capacity limits for large cabins. They also require customers to wear masks in closed cabins and maintain physical distance in waiting areas.

(Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Editing by Michael Shields)

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