Coronavirus spread in Europe: Austrians and British tighten measures

A sad record was set on Saturday in the Austrian capital. 444 patients had a positive test for coronavirus there, the most since the beginning of the epidemic.

They recorded only 149 cases in Vienna on Sunday, yet country leader Sebastian Kurz pointed out that Austria was on the verge of a second wave of the epidemic. Wearing veils is mandatory in public transport and supermarkets, but on Monday the Austrians will see changes.

“From Monday, veils will also be mandatory in shops, services, government buildings, school corridors and all facilities where there is contact with customers,” Kurz said.

The British will also have to get used to tougher measures from Monday. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has restricted public gatherings. So far, the British can meet in groups of up to 30 people, now their number will be reduced to six. Exceptions are offices, funerals, weddings or sports matches.

“We need to act very quickly to prevent exponential growth. If we are only a few days late, it can be quite dangerous, “said Professor of Experimental Medicine Peter Openshaw.

Warning numbers are also reported by France, which now, together with Spain and the Czech Republic, registers the most cases of infection per million inhabitants. Yesterday, the number of new patients there exceeded the limit of 10,000 for the first time. Authorities have already called on residents to limit gatherings.


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