Vienna, December 18 The Austrian government announced on the 18th that it will tighten its coronavirus epidemic prevention policy again from the 26th and implement a comprehensive “lockdown” measure for the third time.
Austrian Chancellor Kurz said at a press conference that night that the number of coronavirus infections in the country has decreased significantly in the past few weeks, and people can spend Christmas under the originally scheduled “prudential” relaxation policy.
However, because the number of new infections and deaths is still high, the epidemic situation remains serious. In order to prevent another outbreak of the epidemic, the government decided to implement strict comprehensive “lockdown” measures again from December 26 to January 17, 2021.
Kurtz said that the weekend before the January of the “unblocking” in January 2021, large-scale coronavirus testing will be carried out again nationwide.
From January 18, some cultural, tourism and catering facilities will be opened conditionally, but only to people who have tested negative.
Austria conducted its first large-scale nationwide coronavirus testing in early December, but the voluntary participation rate of the people was less than 20%, which was far lower than the government’s expectations.
In order to prevent and control the COVID-19 epidemic, Austria implemented the first comprehensive “lockdown” measure on March 16, and gradually “unblocked” it from April 14.
Due to the second wave of COVID-19, Austria has implemented “lockdown” measures again from November 3. On December 7, Austria began to relax “lockdown” measures “carefully”.
According to the data released on the website of the Austrian Ministry of Health on the 18th, there have been 2,085 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with a total of 334,913 confirmed cases; 145 new deaths, with a total of 5,127 deaths.