Swiss voters give green light to COVID restrictions as cases rise – .

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Swiss voters have given the green light to legislation that would introduce a COVID-19 certificate system, where people can only attend public events or gatherings if they are vaccinated, test negative, or test negative. ‘they recovered from the coronavirus.

The legislation, which is already in place, received the support of 62% of voters in Switzerland. The vote was seen as a chance for the public to influence the government’s approach to tackling the spread of the coronavirus.

The legislation also frees up billions of Swiss francs (dollars) in aid to businesses and workers who have been affected by the pandemic.

Only two cantons (states) in Switzerland voted against the referendum, Schwyz and Appenzell Innerrhoden.

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People demonstrate at a rally of opponents of the COVID-19 law, in Bern, Switzerland, on Sunday, November 28, 2021. Swiss voters appear poised to approve by a clear margin legislation that introduced a special COVID certificate -19 which only allows people who have been vaccinated, cured or tested negative to attend public events and gatherings. (Anthony Anex / Keystone via AP)
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The vote comes at a time when coronavirus cases are on the rise in Switzerland.

Currently, Switzerland adds an average of 5,141 new coronavirus cases per day, according to Reuters. Over 65% of the country’s population is fully immunized.

Ahead of the referendum vote, some Swiss analysts said if voters approve the legislation, the government may be willing to do more in the fight against the coronavirus.

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Voters voted at a polling station, for three national bills, including the COVID-19 law, and several cantonal and municipal proposals, at Zurich city hall in Zurich, Switzerland on Sunday, November 28, 2021 Swiss voters appear poised to approve by a clear margin a legislation that introduced a special COVID-19 certificate that only allows people who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative to attend public events and gatherings. (Michael Buholzer / Keystonve via AP)
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“A decision has been made and we must come together now to get through this winter as well as possible,” said Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset. “It is a call for unity but also for respect for the decisions that have been taken. “

Berset said the vote means the authorities “still have the tools to deal with the crisis, and we can, if necessary, adjust the tools to developments.”

The referendum turnout was 65.7%, which is considered high as the country has several referendum votes per year.

The vote comes just after the World Health Organization designated the omicron variant of COVID-19 as a ‘variant of concern’ after it was first reported to the South African health agency on November 24 .

According to the WHO, the omicron variant has a “large number of mutations,” and noted that some are of concern.

(From L) World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergency Program Director Michael Ryan, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Technical Officer Maria Van Kerkhove attend a daily press briefing on COVID-19 at WHO headquarters on March 6, 2020 in Geneva. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP via Getty Images)

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A South African doctor who first alerted authorities to the new variant of omicron says it has “unusual but mild” symptoms in patients, according to The Telegraph.

“He has mild illness with symptoms like sore muscles and fatigue for a day or two, not feeling well,” explained Dr. Angelique Coetzee. “So far, we have detected that infected people do not suffer from loss of taste or smell. They may have a slight cough. There are no significant symptoms. Among those infected, some are currently being treated at home. “

Peter Aitken of The Associated Press and Fox News contributed to this report.

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