Zurich : Switzerland announced stricter restrictions on Sunday to tackle the second wave of coronavirus hitting the country, including a nationwide mask duty and ban on large public gatherings.
Gathering of 15 or more people in public places is banned from Monday, and masks must be worn in all indoor public places, the government announced through a special meeting.
The government said that the order to wear masks in public transport has been expanded to include train stations, airports, bus and tram stops, replacing a set of regulations that apply to different regions of Switzerland.
The duty to wear a mask will also apply to shops, banks, churches and cinemas, the government said. I recommend people who work from home whenever possible.
“The COVID-19 infection rate has risen very rapidly,” said Swiss President Simoneta Sommaruga at a press conference in Bern.
“It’s different from before it affected every state and every age group.
“As winter approaches, it is very important to slow the spread of the virus now. Every day is important.”
With a population of 8.6 million, Switzerland reported the highest number of infections per day, with 3,105 new cases since the start of the Corona 19 crisis on Friday.
So far, 74,422 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus and 1,823 have died.
Som Maruga said the government is ready to impose even more drastic restrictions if the new measures don’t work.
There is no time limit on how long measures designed to protect both the population and the economy will last, she added.
Health Minister Alain Bersett has confirmed that the second wave of coronavirus has now materialized.
“I can say that the second wave has come in the last 10 days… I am faster and stronger than I thought, but I am prepared for the situation.”