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Covid-19: Austria shuts schools, most stores to curb spread of virus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Austria closes non-essential stores and shifts schools to online teaching
10:11, 15 November 2020

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The Austrian government has announced tightening quarantine measures from November 17 due to the spread of Covid-19, Associated Press reports.

Starting Tuesday, the country of almost 9 million inhabitants will impose a limited curfew, banning people from leaving their homes except to go to work, get essential supplies, exercise, or to help people who need assistance. The partial lockdown is set to last until December 6.

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Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the measures had become necessary because Austria has seen 550 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in the past week, a level 11 times greater than what authorities said would be sustainable.

“If we don’t react massively, then there’s a great risk that the numbers will continue to rise or stay at a high level,” Kurz told reporters in Vienna. 

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Health Minister Rudolf Anschober warned that many medical workers are nearing exhaustion, saying the new infection-control measures are “the last chance to stop a collapse of the hospitals.”

As we reported earlier, the government of Spain introduced a mandatory requirement for the tourists from ‘red zone’ countries to provide the results of the PCR tests during the entry to the country or pay a fine in case of their absence.

According to the order of the government, all people arriving from the high-risk countries should pass the test in 72 hours before the entrance to Spain. The results of the test should be provided during the arrival at the Spanish airport or seaport.

This measure already acts in France and Italy and it will be held along with the temperature screening and visual control.

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