Austria tightens the partial lockdown

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced the imposition of further stringent measures by closing non-essential stores and shifting schools to online teaching. 

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 

“My urgent plea for the next four weeks is: meet nobody,” Kurz said. “Every social contact is one too many.” 

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