The Switzerland government is going to impose a quarantine requirement for individuals returning to the nation from the regions at high risk for the coronavirus or COVID-19, ministers mentioned on Wednesday, as it tries to combat a rising number of cases in the pandemic after phasing out many restrictive measures previous month.

The Federal Office of Public Health will maintain and update a list of high-risk countries from which travelers returning to Switzerland will be subject to self-isolation, Health Minister Alain Berset told a news conference, providing Sweden as an example of a country which might currently fall on the list.

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The government also said it would impose a mask-wearing requirement for individuals traveling on public transport from Monday, with Berset saying the country had thus far been out of step with its neighbors in not imposing such a requirement.

The deadly virus outbreak has created a major stir around the world in recent times infecting more than 10.4 million people globally and claimed the lives of over 510,000 people worldwide in more than 170 countries.

(With agency inputs)