More infections expected due to UK variant
The Federal Health Office says it expects a rise in infections, due mainly to the arrival of the new more contagious strain that originated in the UK.
It believes 6% of new infections will be the new strain.
Ireland is now on the quarantine list as the latest variant is spreading there twice as fast as the previous strain.
The Federal Council is meeting today to discuss further measures. Again, the Health Minister Alain Berset will be calling for tough new measures.
Reports suggest he’ll be asking his colleagues to bring in tighter working from home rules, the closure of all non-essential shops – although click and collect will be permitted. Mask wearing mandatory in all settings and public gatherings cut from the current 15 to 10.
In the last 24 hours, 98 people have died, 147 were hospitalized – the infection rate is running at 12.6%.
The council will also be deciding today whether to extend the emergency measures until the end of February.
It’s thought unlikely Berset will get all his demands through the council. The decision will be later today.