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Switzerland issues entry ban for travelers from UK, South Africa

Christian Fernsby |
Following the discovery of a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus in the UK and South Africa, the Swiss government on Monday decided to introduce a general entry ban for all foreign nationals seeking to enter Switzerland from the two countries.

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A press release from the Swiss Federal Council -- the highest executive authority in the country -- on Monday said that the Swiss government also decided that all those who have entered Switzerland from these two countries since Dec. 14 must go into quarantine for 10 days.

This is intended in particular to stop travel from these countries for tourism purposes, the release added.

According to the release, the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation has ordered flights between Switzerland and these two countries to be suspended as of midnight on Sunday, Dec. 20.

The press release also said that no cases of the new variant of the coronavirus have been identified in Switzerland.

Switzerland, a country with a population of about eight million, has so far reported a total of 413,991 coronavirus cases with 6,722 deaths.

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