Despite closing hospitality venues such as restaurants and bars for at least a month from December 18th, infection rates and hospitalisation numbers remain high across the country.
In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the federal government said the situation was “worrying”, while also highlighting “the appearance of two coronavirus variants in Switzerland”.
Despite this however, “after a detailed analysis of the epidemiological situation, (the federal council) came to the conclusion that the criteria set for further tightening were not met.”
The coronavirus r-rate – the crucial metric which determines how the virus is spreading throughout the community – is currently below 1, although this may be representative of fewer tests taking place across the festive period and could rise due to Christmas gatherings.
In the coming year, the federal council said it was imperative to increase the number of tests, along with improving the country’s coronavirus contact tracing infrastructure.