Austria’s government on Saturday announced a return to tougher anti-coronavirus restrictions including shutting schools and non-essential shops to contain spiralling second wave infections.

“From Tuesday and until December 6 a new lockdown like the one from spring will brought in,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a news conference.

Kurz’s administration imposed a partial lockdown two weeks ago but that has not stopped cases rising and hitting a daily record Friday.

The tightened measures will see social contact reduced to a minimum and people told to stay indoors save for clearly defined reasons such as shopping, work where working from home is not feasible, medical visits and sport.

Only shops selling essential items will be permitted to remain open, such as food stores, chemists, banks and post offices.

Primary and middle schools will switch to distance learning, senior schools and universities already having done so.



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