Latest Switzerland government News

Swiss cut self-isolation, quarantine times as omicron rises

Jan. 12, 2022 12:54 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's government is halving the self-isolation times required of people who test positive for the coronavirus and the quarantine times required of people they were in contact with, to five days. The Federal Council, the seven-member executive branch of Swiss...

Swiss launch new restrictions amid surge in COVID infections

Dec. 17, 2021 13:49 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss government said Friday it will require proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 for access to restaurants, cultural or sports events and all other indoor events as the country faces a new surge in coronavirus cases. The executive Federal Council,...

Swiss gear up for tighter rules as COVID cases keep climbing

Dec. 10, 2021 11:39 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Facing a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the Swiss government is preparing to step up mask requirements and increase restrictions on people who haven’t been vaccinated or recovered from the illness, and might even shut restaurants, bars and fitness clubs. The count of daily deaths...

Switzerland: Foreign minister Cassis picked as new president

Dec. 08, 2021 07:59 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's parliament on Wednesday selected Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis to become the rich Alpine country's next president on New Year's Day. The choice of Cassis, 60, was largely a formality after he was chosen as vice president a year ago. Switzerland's...

Live updates: Obama, Fauci encourage vaccinations at clinic

Nov. 30, 2021 19:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, visited a children’s vaccination clinic in Washington Tuesday to encourage kids to get a COVID-19 shot. Speaking to kids and parents at Kimball Elementary...

Cases soar but Swiss eschew lockdown as COVID law vote looms

Nov. 26, 2021 03:23 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Like many others in Europe, Switzerland is facing a steep rise in coronavirus cases. But its federal government, unlike others, hasn’t responded with new restrictive measures. Analysts say it doesn't want to stir up more opposition to its anti-COVID-19 policies, which face a...

Swiss government: Same-sex couples can marry starting July 1

Nov. 17, 2021 06:05 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s executive body announced Wednesday that same-sex couples can get married starting on July 1 next year, making good on the resounding support Swiss voters expressed in a referendum. The Federal Council officially said that starting Jan. 1,...