Over the past week, 550 new cases of infection per 100 thousand inhabitants were detected in Austria — this is 11 times higher than the level acceptable, according to authorities’ estimates.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced a sharp tightening of coronavirus restrictions in the country. Reported by the Associated Press on Saturday, November 14.
A partial curfew is imposed in Austria on Tuesday 17 November. Residents can only leave their homes to go to work, to the store, to play sports, or to help those in need. This regime will be in effect until December 6. Only stores selling essential goods will continue to operate.
Entertainment facilities and restaurants have been closed in Austria for almost two weeks, but now they will add libraries, hairdressers, and gyms. Schools are being transferred online.
According to Kurz, over the past week, 550 new cases of infection per 100 thousand inhabitants were detected in Austria — this is 11 times higher than the acceptable level, according to the authorities’ estimates.
The Austrian Ministry of Health states that only a hard lockdown can help avoid the collapse of the hospital system.
Earlier in Austria, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg was confirmed to have a coronavirus. He was in contact with the head of the Belgian Foreign Ministry, Sophie Vilmes, who was also diagnosed with COVID-19.