VIENNA (AP) — Austria on Monday issued a warning towards journey to its Tyrol province amid considerations over instances of a coronavirus variant first found in South Africa, even because the nation eased its third lockdown by reopening faculties, retailers, hairdressing salons, museums and zoos.
Officers have been discussing for days whether or not additional restrictions are required in Tyrol, a well-liked snowboarding vacation spot. Federal authorities say 293 infections with the extra contagious variant first found in South Africa have been confirmed in Tyrol.
The regional authorities on Monday drew up a listing of measures that included requires folks to keep away from nonessential journey, extra police checks on mask-wearing and social distancing, and a requirement for damaging antigen checks earlier than folks can use cable automobiles and ski lifts.
Just a little later, the federal authorities urged Austrians to chorus from nonessential journey to Tyrol, which borders Germany, Italy and Switzerland. It known as on individuals who have been within the area previously two weeks to get examined and for these planning to journey from Tyrol to different Austrian areas to be examined earlier than they set off.
“All the pieces have to be carried out to forestall these (virus) mutations spreading ever additional,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz mentioned.
Austria’s general leisure of restrictions is way from full. Individuals going to the hairdresser might want to present a damaging take a look at outcome that’s at most 48 hours previous. In retailers, clients should put on full protecting masks quite than simply material face coverings.
Eating places and inns stay closed, and authorities say they received’t reopen this month. Border checks are in place, with new arrivals required to quarantine for 10 days.
Austria’s lockdown had been in place since Dec. 26. Whereas the federal government has mentioned that Austria must get as shut as attainable to an an infection degree of fifty new instances per 100,000 residents over seven days, the determine continues to be significantly larger — at present 104.
The federal government’s determination to go forward with stress-free restrictions has drawn criticism, with the opposition chief arguing that reopening greater than faculties is a big danger.
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