Austria Opens the Door to Easing Lockdown After Containing Virus

The empty Prater amusement park in Vienna.
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Date Published: April 3, 2020

Source: Bloomberg

Austria was one of the first European countries, after Italy, to close schools and stores on March 16. More recently, they have added mandatory mask measures. Daily fatalities had fallen for four days straight this week and restrictions to limit contact between people reduced the increase in new infections to less than 5% per day. On Friday, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told parliament in Vienna that the Austrian government will be reviewing data and considering a plan to gradually restart the economy. However, he continued to inform Austrians to continue with social-distancing and to refrain from celebrating Easter with large gatherings of family and friends.

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Summary by: Jayoti Rana