Switzerland requires testing of returnees from Kosovo for COVID-19

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The festive season has been causing a lot of trouble to the Swiss authorities for several weeks now. This is due to the fact that many people have celebrated with their families and the chances of increasing the number of infected are very high. The damages, as the Swiss media NAU writes, will be seen in the coming days.

Although anti-COVID measures in Switzerland were strict, not allowing the gathering of more than 10 people in one country, the state is facing problems due to immigrants, especially those from Kosovo, reports "Zeri.info".

The Swiss medium NAU writes that the large Kosovar diaspora has traveled to their homeland in large numbers and this, as this medium writes, has been noticed by the numerous flights to and from Prishtina airport.

On January 2 alone, almost 50 planes departed from the Kosovar capital for Basel Airport, while on January 3, there were 25 more. In recent days, several dozen planes from Pristina have landed on the runway of Zurich airport.

However, NAU writes that this does not pose a problem, as Kosovo is not on the quarantine list since the end of September. Thousands of returnees from Pristina will be allowed to return to their jobs and meet their friends from today: zeri.

But that's exactly what is bothering some people.

National Councilor Sandra Sollberger, who is part of the SVP (Swiss People's Party) steering committee, has called for swift tests for returnees.

"People are returning from their family celebrations from a country that has high levels of coronavirus infections," she said, adding that the federal government was taking "an extremely high risk."

But one thing is for sure: the number of people infected with coronavirus is lower in Kosovo than in Switzerland. According to data collected on December 28, there were 235 infected per 100,000 inhabitants in Kosovo in 14 days. This figure in Switzerland was about three times higher.

However, the NAU says it is unclear how reliable these figures are. "A big problem with the pandemic in Kosovo is that people are hiding the disease," doctor Ilir Arifi, from Bavaria, told Deutsche Welle.

Infection is accompanied by a sense of shame. There is a fear that the family of the infected person may be stigmatized or even lose their job.

Either way, the SVP request for rapid tests in this case may be delayed. If anything has moved in this direction it will be seen on Wednesday.

The Federal Council will convene for its first official meeting this year. However, the focus will likely be on additional internal measures, but also on the lack of vaccine supply. / Voice

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