Switzerland drops below its ‘high-risk’ threshold due to falling Covid-19 rates

Switzerland drops below its 'high-risk' threshold due to falling Covid-19 rates
Switzerland is no longer a high-risk area for coronavirus, but it's not risk-free. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
For the first time in almost three weeks, Switzerland is no longer a ‘high-risk’ area for the coronavirus according to its own threshold, due to falling infection rates across the country.

Based on figures from the Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland’s Tages Anzeiger newspaper reported on Wednesday that the Alpine nation has fallen below its self-determined ‘high-risk’ threshold. 

When Switzerland put in place its quarantine requirement for foreign travellers, the government established a threshold of 60 infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the previous 14 days to determine which countries were ‘high risk’. 

Since July 6th, arrivals from so-called high-risk countries have been required to quarantine upon entering Switzerland.

UPDATE: Everything you need to know about Switzerland's quarantine requirement

It might lead to some twisted logic, but if Switzerland was a foreign country, arrivals would have been forced to quarantine for ten days.

For the first time since September 12th, the number of new infections per 100,000 people is below 60. 

On nationwide figures, the BAG says there has been 55 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days. 


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