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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Monday

Helena Bachmann in Geneva
Helena Bachmann in Geneva - [email protected] • 22 Mar, 2021 Updated Mon 22 Mar 2021 08:16 CEST
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The University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) is pictured on October 28, 2014 in Lausanne, western Switzerland. Ebola vaccine trials are set to start in Switzerland this week after receiving the green light from the country's authorities. Swiss regulators announced they would allow trials of an experimental vaccine made by Britain's GlaxoSmithKine, and tests on some 120 individuals were set to get under way at the CHUV hospital in Lausanne this week. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

Find out what's going on in Switzerland today with The Local's short round-up of the news.

Strong reactions to extended restaurant closures

After government’s announcement on Friday that restaurants will remain closed for the time being — despite widespread expectations they would re-open on March 22nd — business associations and some political parties expressed disappointment at the Federal Council’s decision.

The Local will publish an article today about the reactions that the decisions sparked in Switzerland.

READ MORE: Switzerland to extend measures to fight Covid-19 ‘third wave'

Business groups demand a digital Coronavirus Pass by summer

In a joint letter to the Federal Council, EconomieSuisse, Gastrosuisse, as well as USS and USAM trade unions  call for several measures to get the country out of the pandemic as quickly as possible.

These measures include vaccination as well as steps to ensure that everyone who wants to is inoculated by July.

Another measure is free, large-scale testing, along with ensuring more security in the supply of drugs and medical equipment, and digital Covid pass, required to participate in major sporting, outdoor and other large events.

Calls for a digital passport are growing. Photo by AFP

 

Hospitals face new bottlenecks because of coronaskeptics

A new wave of unvaccinated Covid patients is expected in Swiss hospitals in the summer, health authorities say.

In order to achieve herd immunity, about 80 percent of the whole population should be inoculated. But given high number of anti-vaxxers – people who are opposed to vaccinations – outbreaks will continue to happen and hospitals are expected to experience an influx of patients suffering from corona-related complications.

A survey conducted by the Link research institute shows that only one in four people in French-speaking Switzerland want to be vaccinated. The number is higher among German-speaking people, where one in two is ready to get the shot.

The Swiss are among the happiest people in earth

Switzerland was named the third happiest country in the world, after Finland and Denmark, in a global study co-sponsored by the United Nations.

Although the annual study has been conducted since 2012, this is the first year researchers focused on the effects of Covid-19 on the quality of people’s lives, the authors said.

You can see the ranking of all countries here.

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