VIENNA (Reuters) – Vienna and two other provinces in eastern Austria will cease operations for a few days after Easter in order to ease the growing tension in intensive care areas due to increased coronavirus infection, Minister Y The Austrian economy said on Wednesday.
Three provinces – Vienna and the one around it, Lower Austria, as well as Burgenland, bordering Hungary – have been working on tighter restrictions with the Health Ministry after the conservative-led government decided on Monday , the rest of the country’s curbs will remain unchanged.
Of the 9 Austrian provinces, those 3 are among the most severely affected and have high levels of the more contagious UK coronavirus variant, which has caused severe cases more quickly and with larger amount.
Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said during a press conference with the governors of the three provinces: “We want to introduce travel restrictions as is the case in Austria before and after Christmas, from midnight to midnight” . lock the door.
Anschober spoke of a “looming fall” in intensive care areas in eastern Austria and said the experts’ recent forecasts were “ very alarming ” so such vigorous action is needed. .
Closing will run from Thursday 1 April until next Tuesday. Non-essential stores, which reopened when Austria’s third door ban eased last month, will close year-on-year.
In a typical year, almost all stores are closed on Easter Sunday and Monday.
FFP2-compliant facemasks, which are already required on public transport and in stores, will also be required in crowded outdoor spaces, Anschober adds that coronavirus test results Negatives will then be required to enter non-essential stores in April.
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