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Coronavirus Update September 12

The average positive tests for the last seven days is at 369 new cases, that is a surplus of 20% compared to last week. The average number of tests conducted daily is around 12 000, of which only 3% turned out to be positive.

However our neighbouring countries are not doing so well, meaning that in order to avoid closing the borders, as of Monday 14th of September people returning from certain regions only will be put under quarantine.

These are in France the departments of: Centre-Val de Loire, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Île de France (including Paris), Normandie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

In Austria, Vienna and its district.

Anyone returning from the regions is required to quarantine for 14 days. Failure to do so could lead to a fine of up to CHF 10 000.-

You can find the full list of countries here.

There will, however not be any reinforced border controls. The government is asking people to vacation in Switzerland rather than abroad and certainly not to go to the above mentioned regions.

Exceptions to these quarantine rules are people who cross the border daily for work reasons (frontaliers) and artists or sportspeople who are taking part in an international cultural event or a sports competition.

As for tests, the current capacity to test is at around 25 000 a day, the government is hoping to double that amount in the coming weeks, to cope with the rising demand for tests.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.