National Council against immediate lifting of the "special situation"

Bern (awp / sda) - The SVP parliamentary group would like to oblige the Federal Council to immediately lift the "special situation" according to the Epidemics Act. She stands there alone with her request. The National Council rejected a corresponding motion on Wednesday.

The "special situation" has been in effect in Switzerland for exactly one year, which still gives the Federal Council extensive powers in the containment measures against the coronavirus. However, the cantons and parliament also have a say again.

According to the SVP, the legal requirements for the "special situation" are no longer met. For example, the utilization of the hospitals has decreased so that there is no longer any threat of overloading the intensive care units, said parliamentary group leader Thomas Aeschi (ZG). People who are particularly at risk have now been vaccinated against infection.

Both the people in Switzerland and the Swiss institutions have learned to live with the virus. Therefore, the time has come for Parliament to decide which measures are still necessary.

Decision expected soon

For the Federal Council, however, the criteria for lifting the "special situation" have not yet been met. According to the World Health Organization, there is still a health emergency. In view of the current infection rate, public health in Switzerland also remains at risk.

Health Minister Alain Berset said that the government would work closely with the cantons to determine when the Covid-19 regulation "special situation" should be lifted. "We're trying to do that as soon as possible."

The majority in the National Council sees no need for parliamentary action on this issue. The motion was rejected by 127 votes to 54 with 2 abstentions. The Council of States will discuss an identical motion by the SVP parliamentary group on Thursday. In fact, the motion of the National Council is off the table.


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