Switzerland should again tighten coronavirus restrictions – government advisor

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Zurich: Switzerland should tighten sanctions to curb coronoviruses following a recent spike in cases to prevent the need for more drastic lockdown measures in the future, the country’s new head of the coronovirus taskforce said.
Switzerland has seen the number of new cases of Kovid-19 in excess of 200 a day, after an average of 35 per day in June.
Martin Ackerman, who heads the body providing scientific advice to the Swiss government, said the country was on the verge of a large increase in infections and had little room to maneuver.
“We must intervene to stop the escalation quickly,” Ackerman told the newspaper Sonatagsjitung. “Otherwise there is a risk of harsh and costly sanctions. It should be stopped under all circumstances.”
Switzerland has lifted a partial lockdown imposed in March, when shops, bars and restaurants were ordered closed to prevent the spread of the virus, which has infected 35,000 people and 1,707 in a country of 8.6 billion people. People have been killed.
Ackerman, who took over as head of the workforce on Saturday, said he made it mandatory to wear masks inside the house. Currently face masks are mandatory on public transport and political demonstrations. The government has relaxed restrictions on gatherings, although it still bans incidents of more than 1,000 people.
The size of public gatherings should again be limited, said Ackerman, an expert in microbiology.
“I also believe that the size of public events should now be reduced to 100 participants, as there is a danger of a rapid increase in the number of cases,” Ackerman told the newspaper.
He said it is difficult to say whether large-scale incidents are fueling the epidemic.
“Preliminary data … shows that where large numbers of people gather, there are also many infections,” he said.
“Accurate data on who is infected and where (they) are infected is absolutely critical. Without this data we are flying blind.”

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