Austria plans new lockdown, with privileges for people who get tested

Austria will start a new lockdown phase next week, but citizens can earn the right to move more freely if they get tested for the novel coronavirus, the government announced on Friday. The renewed partial curfew and shuttering of non-essential shops starts on December 26, only three weeks after the end of the previous lockdown. Infection numbers have fallen, but the daily Covid-19-related death count remains high, at around 100, and infection numbers in other European countries have been rising steeply, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a press conference in Vienna. “There is no way to get throug…

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