Austria steps up COVID-19 lockdown: ‘Don’t meet anyone’, says Chancellor

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Austria said on Saturday it was tightening its partial lockdown, including closing non-essential stores and moving schools to online education, amid the gallop coronavirus infection rate in the Alpine nation.Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the measures had become necessary as Austria recorded 550 new cases of the coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants over the past week, a level 11 times higher than what authorities have declared sustainable.

“If we don’t react massively, then there is a great risk that the numbers will continue to rise or remain at a high level,” Kurz told reporters in Vienna. Austrian health officials are unable to trace 77% of new cases, he added.

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