Switzerland mulls easing border controls

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-29 05:12:47|Editor: huaxia

GENEVA, April 28 (Xinhua) -- In collaboration with neighboring countries, Switzerland is examining options to gradually ease border controls, the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) said on Tuesday.

During a video conference held among the Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the Schengen states, consensus was reached on the aim of a step-by-step lifting of travel restrictions, while the prevention against the spread of coronavirus remained as the priority, FDJP told reporters.

The Swiss Federal Council is scheduled to decide later this week on how to perform the "targeted relaxation" of the border, meaning that the bans will be eased for specific groups of people.

According to the latest figures released by the Swiss Federal Customs Administration, around 56,000 people have been denied entry into Switzerland since mid-March, when the country closed its borders to everyone except Swiss citizens, residents or cross-border permit holders.

The epidemic curve continued to stabilize in Switzerland as the country saw an increase of 100 coronavirus cases on Tuesday -- the smallest number in the past seven weeks, bringing its total tally to 29,264. Enditem