Coronavirus: Federal Council declares ‘extraordinary situation’ and introduces more stringent measures

At an extraordinary meeting the Federal Council took the decision to introduce more stringent measures to protect the public. It has declared that an ‘extraordinary situation’ now exists in Switzerland in terms of the Epidemics Act.


Coronavirus: Information campaign ‘Protect yourself and others’

The information campaign on the new coronavirus changes from yellow to red. In addition to the previous three hygiene rules wash your hands thoroughly, cough and sneeze into a paper tissue or the crook of your arm and stay home if you have a high temperature and a cough there are three more rules.


Coronavirus: Federal Council bans large-scale events

An extraordinary meeting of the Federal Council was held today, 28 February. In view of the current situation and the spread of the coronavirus, the Federal Council has categorised the situation in Switzerland as ‘special’ in terms of the Epidemics Act. Large-scale events involving more than 1000 people are to be banned.

UN Climate Conference in Poland

President Alain Berset at UN Climate Conference in Poland 

President Alain Berset and Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will attend the UN climate conference being held in Katowice, Poland, from 3 to 14 December.

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Alain Berset

Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA


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