Austria banning entry for people from Italy amid coronavirus outbreak ? Chancellor Kurz

Austria banning entry for people from Italy amid coronavirus outbreak ? Chancellor Kurz

There will be an entry ban for people [travelling] from Italy to Austria, with people who have a medical certificate being an exception, Kurz said on Tuesday, as cited by local media.

Meanwhile, Austrians who find themselves in Italy will be allowed to return, but they must be kept in isolation for two weeks.

Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said police will scrutinize movement at the Italian border. A transit through Austria is allowed as long as there is no stopover in Austria, the official said, noting that cross-border traffic in both directions has already dropped by more than half.

Simultaneously, the government is calling off lectures at universities and professional schools starting from next Monday, whilecompanies will encourage staff to work from home.

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Austria has reported over 150 confirmed coronavirus cases so far, which is considered by many to be a very small number, Kurz acknowledged. But its lethality is so high that the government cant go soft on the disease, he explained.

The sweeping measures come as all of Italy has been placed under quarantine by decree of the prime minister, with the government stepping up its efforts to contain the Covid-2019 outbreak. The deadly disease has so far affected more than 9,000 people in the country home to 60 million and has killed 463.

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Published time: 2020-03-10 13:03:00
Source: www.rt.com