, Dec 7 () –
The Government of Switzerland has approved this Tuesday the deployment of the military to carry out “support” work in hospitals, vaccination centers or transport of patients due to the “high number of cases” and the critical situation in health centers, under pressure due to the rebound in coronavirus infections.
In total, some 2,500 soldiers will be deployed, who will travel to the different Swiss cantons at the request of the local authorities. The decision has been justified by the Federal Council of Switzerland “due to the high number of cases and the situation in hospitals.”
Among the tasks that the soldiers will be able to carry out include supporting personnel in hospital facilities, as well as support with vaccination or in intensive care units for the relocation of patients, the Government has indicated in a statement.
The decision, the third time that the Government has approved the mobilization of the military since the outbreak of the pandemic, is valid until March 31, 2022.
According to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, almost a third of patients admitted to intensive care units are people with coronavirus, while the incidence in the last 14 days is almost 1,270 people per 100,000 inhabitants.
Meanwhile, the population’s vaccination figures seem stagnant, with 66 percent of the inhabitants immunized. In the last 24 hours, health authorities have confirmed almost 10,000 new cases of COVID-10.
The situation has led the Government to reintroduce the mask, for example, which has become mandatory again from this Monday, or to make the health pass mandatory.