Tuesday, February 20

Austria

Austria Eases Lockdown Unvaccinated for Holidays
Austria, Europe, News

Austria Eases Lockdown Unvaccinated for Holidays

Austria is easing lockdown for unvaccinated residents for the holidays. Instead, the government has decided to gather in groups of up to ten people during Christmas and the turn of the year, Austrian media reported.   A maximum group size of 25 people applies for vaccinated and cured Austrians. From ten guests, corona passes must be shown. These are not available to unvaccinated people because of the 2G policy. The passes are mandatory in Austria at many publicly accessible locations, such as restaurants and cafes. According to Austrian media, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein has announced that the relaxation will only apply to 24, 25, 26 and 31 December. The government has also decided that the lockdown will be extended again until December 31, and restaurants' 11 p.m. closing t...
Austria Starts Massive Corona Tests Against Expert Advice
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Austria Starts Massive Corona Tests Against Expert Advice

Austria started mass testing the population for the coronavirus on Friday, despite doubts from scientific government advisers.   Long lines formed at screening centres when testing started in Vienna and in the western provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg, broadcasters ORF and Oe24 reported. Other regions will follow in the coming days. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the voluntary testing plan in late November to delay the transmission of the virus. If several million of Austria's nearly 9 million residents are tested, authorities could find and isolate many Covid-19 patients who show no symptoms, he argued. However, according to reports from a recent meeting, "a significant number of scientific advisers" have told Health Minister Rudolf Anschober that they are against t...
House Searches in Germany in Connection With the Vienna Attack
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House Searches in Germany in Connection With the Vienna Attack

The German police are conducting house searches in several places because of the possible connection of four people with the attack in Vienna.   According to the police, they are looking in Onsnabrück, Kassel and near Hamburg. "There is no suspicion that the suspects are directly involved in the attack, but we have evidence that the people we are looking for have links to the attacker," a police spokesman said. The perpetrator, a 20-year-old radicalized Muslim, shot four people on Monday evening and wounded more than 20 others in the heart of Vienna. He was killed by the police. The attack was the work of one person and was claimed by the terrorist movement Islamic State (IS). Fifteen people have been arrested in Austria on suspicion of involvement in the attack or of links to t...
Two Arrests in St. Polten for the Attack in Vienna
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Two Arrests in St. Polten for the Attack in Vienna

Austrian police have arrested two people in the town of St. Pölten, about 85 kilometres from Vienna, for the attack in the Austrian capital.   Four victims were killed in the attack on Monday evening. One perpetrator was killed. The police carried out house searches in St. Pölten and Vienna on Tuesday.