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Swiss Shorten Quarantine Period to Five Days as Omicron Spreads

  • Country considers extending current virus restrictions
  • Switzerland has seen record infections at start of 2022
A health worker in the intensive care unit for patients infected with Covid-19 at a hospital in Neuchatel, western Switzerland.

A health worker in the intensive care unit for patients infected with Covid-19 at a hospital in Neuchatel, western Switzerland.

Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini /AFP/Getty Images

Switzerland will shorten isolation and quarantine to five days from 10 as an increasing number of countries reduce their guidance to avoid disruptions to essential services. 

Anyone ending isolation after contraction will have to have been symptom-free for 48 hours, the government said Wednesday. Those who have had the virus or a vaccine in the past four months won’t have to go into contact quarantine. The measures take effect from Thursday.