BERLIN (NWN) – Swiss voters were speaking out on Sunday in a referendum on the use of a special COVID-19 certificate that allows only those who have been vaccinated to attend public events and gatherings. has been imposed, recovered or tested negative.
The vote provides a relatively rare bellwether of public opinion on the issue of government policy to fight the coronavirus, particularly in Europe, which is currently the global epicenter of the pandemic.
Vote on the country’s “COVID-19 law”, which has also unlocked billions of Swiss francs for workers and businesses affected by the pandemic, comes as Switzerland – like many other countries in Europe – faces a huge surge in coronavirus cases.
The Swiss federal government, unlike others, has not responded with new sanctions. Analysts say he doesn’t want any more protests over his COVID-19 policies before he faces the test at the ballot box on Sunday. If the Swiss give a thumbs up, however, the government may well intensify its anti-COVID efforts.
The poll suggests that a solid majority of Swiss would approve a measure that is already in effect, and rejecting which would end sanctions – as well as pay. But in recent weeks, opponents have piled up cash for his campaign and garnered support from overseas.
On Tuesday, Swiss health officials warned of a rising “fifth wave” in the wealthy alpine country, where vaccination rates are in line with hard-hit neighbors Austria and Germany, with nearly two-thirds of the population. Infection rates have risen in recent weeks.
The seven-day average case count in Switzerland rose to more than 5,200 per day from mid-October to mid-November, a more than five-fold increase – with an upward curve similar to that of neighboring Germany and Austria.
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