January 17th – On Saturday (16th) local time, thousands of people flocked to the streets of Vienna, the Austrian capital, to protest against the blockade restrictions imposed by the government to curb the coronavirus epidemic.
At the scene of the parade, most people did not wear masks, and even kissed and hugged each other.
Comprehensive Reuters and Russia Today (RT) reported that on the 16th local time, about 10,000 people marched through the center of Vienna, the Austrian capital, to protest against the blockade restrictions imposed by the government to stop the spread of the epidemic and demanded that Prime Minister Kurz resign.
The report said that the demonstrators ignored the call for social distancing, and many people did not wear masks.
Video footage shows people still kissing, hugging and dancing to each other.
In addition, they held demonstration signs in their hands, including “Kurtz must step down”.
Austria, a country with a population of 8.9 million, is reportedly in the third phase of the pandemic, allowing only stores supplying essential goods to open.
After a recent meeting with government officials, Austrian public health experts said that the local coronavirus infection rate is too high to consider easing the lockdown restrictions at this time.
The Austrian government is therefore scheduled to announce its next steps to prevent and control the epidemic on Sunday (17th).
In addition, according to the real-time data of the coronavirus epidemic at Johns Hopkins University in the United States, on the 17th, Austria has reported a total of 392,511 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7,053 deaths.