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Switzerland’s Federal Council is set to extend the Covid certificate from September 13th, after previously delaying its decision by a week.
In a press conference on Wednesday Health Minister Alain Berset said the Covid certificate would now be required in almost all indoor areas, other than a handful of exceptions.
Covid certificates will be required to enter indoor areas of restaurants, bars, fitness centres, as well as sports events, cultural facilities, and private parties, as is currently the case in most of Switzerland’s neighbour countries.
The certificate will also be required in the workplace in many instances.
Even though this plan was set to be approved on September 1st after being put out for consultation in late August, authorities postponed its implementation due to a slower than expected increase in hospitalisations at the time.
However, the number of admissions to intensive care units has increased in the past few days, with Swiss intensive care units having more Covid-related patients than any other European country on a per capita basis.
A number of cantons have reached or are reaching their full capacities in all of their ICUs.
On a nationwide basis, ICUs are at 87 percent capacity, as at September 7th.