Coronavirus: Federal government to cover costs of tests for persons without symptoms and modify quarantine rules
3 February 2021 – At its meeting on 27 January, the Federal Council took a range of decisions to further contain and overcome the coronavirus pandemic. The federal government has therefore permitted the testing of asymptomatic persons from mid-December as a further precautionary measure, e.g. in care homes, hotels and in the workplace. It will now assume the costs in order to encourage such institutions to conduct rapid tests, and this can be done by their own staff. The quarantine rules have also been modified: with a negative test result a person may now come out of quarantine after seven rather than the full ten days. The Federal Council has also decided that fines can be imposed if certain measures are not respected. Furthermore, the federal government will now cover the cost of pharmacies carrying out vaccinations.
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