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Swiss vote on adopting COVID-19 to fight rising infections


Swiss voters voted on Sunday in a referendum on the so-called “COVID-19 law”.

The nation must now decide on measures including a recovery plan in the event of a pandemic and the application of a COVID certificate.

As in many other European countries, this health pass will only allow people who have been vaccinated, cured or tested negative to attend public events and gatherings.

Early voting data shows a turnout of 75 percent.

The vote offers a relatively rare indicator of public opinion specifically on the issue of government policy to fight the coronavirus in Europe, currently the global epicenter of the pandemic.

The vote comes as Switzerland – like many other countries in Europe – faces a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

The Swiss federal government, unlike others, has not reacted with further restrictions. Analysts say he doesn’t want to spark more opposition to his anti-COVID-19 policies before he faces Sunday’s test at the polls. If the Swiss put their thumbs up, however, the government may well step up its anti-COVID efforts.

Polls suggest that a solid majority of Swiss will approve the measure, which is already in force and the rejection of which would end restrictions – as well as payments.

But in recent weeks, opponents have amassed heaps of money for their campaign and garnered support from abroad.

On Tuesday, Swiss health authorities warned of a rising “fifth wave” in the rich Alpine country.

The seven-day average number of cases in Switzerland climbed to more than 5,200 per day from mid-October to mid-November, a more than five-fold increase.

Vaccination rates in Switzerland roughly match those in hard-hit neighbors Austria and Germany, which account for around two-thirds of the population.

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