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That is pretty big news.

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It's covid restrictions, non-essential travel is not allowed.


"Therefore, if you are a UK national you may not enter Switzerland for non-essential travel (e.g. for the purpose of tourism) from 1 January 2021 for as long as the UK is categorized as a high-risk country by Switzerland and these restrictions for non-essential travel remain applicable in the Schengen area, of which Switzerland is a member."

https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/u...959__593067314
Bit of a PITA for second home owners.
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Re: Coronavirus

The Lancet: COVID-19 is not influenza

Excerpts from the abstract:

A paper on The Lancet Respiratory Medicines reports results of a retrospective study using data from the French national administrative database (PMSI), which includes discharge summaries for all public and private hospital admissions in France. The study compared 89 530 patients with COVID-19 admitted to hospital in March or April, 2020, with 45 819 patients with influenza admitted during the seasonal influenza outbreak between December, 2018, and February, 2019.

The results of the study clearly show that COVID-19 is more serious than seasonal influenza. In-hospital mortality was 16.9% for patients with COVID-19 and 5.8% for patients with influenza and thus the relative risk of death for COVID-19 was 2.9.

Hospitalised patients with COVID-19 were more likely to develop respiratory distress, pulmonary embolism, and septic shock, but were less likely to develop myocardial infarction or atrial fibrillation. Only haemorrhagic strokes (and not other types of stroke) were more frequent among patients with COVID-19. The median length of stay in the ICU for COVID-19 was twice as long as for influenza (15 days vs 8 days).

A surprising finding of the study was that, among patients younger than 18 years, the rates of ICU admission were significantly higher for COVID-19 than influenza. The need for intensive care was highest in patients with COVID-19 who were younger than 5 years (2.3% for COVID-19 vs 0.9% for influenza), but mortality in the COVID-19 group was not higher than for influenza. Mortality was ten-times higher in children aged 11–17 years with COVID-19 than in patients in the same age group with influenza (1.1% vs 0.1%). These findings are supported by a study of 4,784 children and adolescents with COVID-19 from Brazil and a study of children and adolescents from Spain. Clearly, COVID-19 is not an innocent infection in children and adolescents.

The study has important messages for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination. Clearly people with obesity, diabetes, and hypertension must be considered high-risk groups, but the results also show that children and adolescents must be offered immunisation, given that young people can also become severely ill. Even if health-care workers and people older than 65 years are prioritised for the first rounds of immunisations, children and adolescents should also be offered the vaccine when it becomes available.
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Good for him but why not mandatory
because it must be a law
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That is pretty big news.

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https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/u...rexit-faq.html

Not hard to find, it’s been all over the news for a while now.
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"The licensing authority Swissmedic has approved the first Covid-19 vaccine in Switzerland. It is the active ingredient of the US company Pfizer and the German company Biontech. The vaccination protection is over 90 percent seven days after the second vaccination."

https://www.swissmedic.ch/swissmedic...zulassung.html

https://www.nzz.ch/schweiz/coronavir...gen-ld.1542664

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"The licensing authority Swissmedic has approved the first Covid-19 vaccine in Switzerland. It is the active ingredient of the US company Pfizer and the German company Biontech. The vaccination protection is over 90 percent seven days after the second vaccination."

https://www.nzz.ch/schweiz/coronavir...gen-ld.1542664

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Was just coming here to post this.
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It's covid restrictions, non-essential travel is not allowed.


"Therefore, if you are a UK national you may not enter Switzerland for non-essential travel (e.g. for the purpose of tourism) from 1 January 2021 for as long as the UK is categorized as a high-risk country by Switzerland and these restrictions for non-essential travel remain applicable in the Schengen area, of which Switzerland is a member."

https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/u...959__593067314
Bit of a PITA for second home owners.
Does anyone know what this means for Brits coming over for Christmas but staying beyond 1st January? All the second home owners I know in Klosters are all coming over for their Christmas holidays ^^

Btw, what does PITA mean?
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Btw, what does PITA mean?


- Actually, pain in the a**
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Does anyone know what this means for Brits coming over for Christmas but staying beyond 1st January? All the second home owners I know in Klosters are all coming over for their Christmas holidays ^^

Btw, what does PITA mean?
Surely its entry restrictions so nothing. They are hardly going to go chase people down.
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"The licensing authority Swissmedic has approved the first Covid-19 vaccine in Switzerland. It is the active ingredient of the US company Pfizer and the German company Biontech. The vaccination protection is over 90 percent seven days after the second vaccination."

https://www.swissmedic.ch/swissmedic...zulassung.html

https://www.nzz.ch/schweiz/coronavir...gen-ld.1542664

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"This represents the world's first authorisation in the ordinary procedure."
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"This represents the world's first authorisation in the ordinary procedure."
I think they mean a ‘normal’ approval as opposed to the ‘extraordinary’ approval that has been granted in other countries.
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After having read all the complaints here, they felt they needed to make a point.
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I think they mean a ‘normal’ approval as opposed to the ‘extraordinary’ approval that has been granted in other countries.
Correct. But they were expected to grant it in January, and most likely after the European Medicines Agency. Now they've leapfrogged them... and they can claim a mention on Wikipedia as the first country to give ordinary authorization.
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Extra press conference today at 14.15

https://www.rts.ch/info/
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Except that source calculates a full cycle mortality of between 0.5% and 2.9%, depending on the final infection rate and the share of infections amongst the high risk population.

The BAG state the Swiss mortality rate is 1.5%.
except this numbers has completely different meaning:
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Simulations are presented with a total of 1.58‐8.76 million COVID‐19 deaths over 5‐years (1/2020‐12/2024) globally (0.5‐2.9% of total global deaths).
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The United States Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) have approved the Moderna vaccine which
is the 2nd vaccine authorised for use in the USA after the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

BBC News - US approves Moderna as second vaccine

So how far away are the EU and Switzerland from approving a vaccine ??
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The United States Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) have approved the Moderna vaccine which
is the 2nd vaccine authorised for use in the USA after the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

BBC News - US approves Moderna as second vaccine

So how far away are the EU and Switzerland from approving a vaccine ??
Switzerland approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine today!
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Switzerland approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine today!
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Re: Coronavirus

Breaking News - Boris Johnson to hold a news conference today about Covid new variant.

Boris Johnson is to hold a press conference today about the disturbing emergence of a new variant
of the Covid virus hitting the South-East of England, that is causing major concerns about it's
transmission rate, amid rumours of a new national lockdown being imposed.

Press conference with the PM is scheduled for 16:00 hrs UK time.

BBC News - Boris Johnson to hold press conference amid surge in cases
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except this numbers has completely different meaning:
No, no different meaning. I quoted that as an expected full cycle mortality as that was the final conclusion of the study. It is what they expect the number to be when the pandemic has completely run its course and the most appropriate conclusion to draw from that study.
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