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Italy, Austria tighten coronavirus restrictions

Italy and Austria have introduced stricter measures to curb the rise in new coronavirus cases.

Late Sunday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced new restrictions on public life, including midnight closing times for bars and restaurants from Monday. Venues could also be forced to close at 9 p.m. in case of large crowds.

Conte insisted that “the strategy is not and cannot be the same as in the spring,” when Italy had one of Europe’s highest death rates from COVID-19 while at the same time paying a high economic price due to the lockdown.

Meanwhile, in Vienna, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz followed suit on Monday morning, announcing more restrictions on private gatherings.

From Friday, indoor gatherings will be limited to six people, while outdoor gatherings will be reduced to 12. Funerals are exempt from the rule. To respond to local outbreaks, states will be able to impose regional restrictions, including curfews.

“We must now do everything we can to prevent a second lockdown for Austria,” Kurz said.

The announcements came as Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency,Read More – Source

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