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ZURICH (Reuters) – The first probable case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Switzerland, the government said on Sunday, as the country tightened its entry restrictions to control its spread.

The case concerns a person who returned to Switzerland from South Africa about a week ago, the Federal Office of Public Health said on Twitter (NYSE :).

The tests will clarify the situation in the coming days, he added.

Switzerland has ordered travelers from 19 countries to test negative when boarding the country and self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

The list includes Australia, Denmark, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, South Africa and Israel.

Swiss voters on Sunday backed the government’s pandemic response plan by a larger-than-expected majority in a referendum, paving the way for continued exceptional measures to stem the rising tide of COVID-19 cases.

Some 62.01% voted in favor of a law passed earlier this year to provide financial assistance to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis and lay the groundwork for certificates proving COVID-19 vaccination, recovery or a negative test. These are currently required to enter bars, restaurants and some events.

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