Austria warns against travel to Tyrol province

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While opening schools, shops, museums and hairdressing salons on Monday after its third lockdown, the Austrian federal government warned against travel to the country’s Tyrol province amid concern over cases there of the more contagious coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa, news wires reported.

The move came after Tyrol authorities drew up a list of measures that included calls for people to avoid nonessential travel and a proposal to require negative antigen tests before people can use ski lifts. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said everything must be done “to prevent these mutations spreading ever further,” broadcaster ORF reported.

Some 165 infections with the South African variant have already been confirmed in Tyrol and politicians have been discussing for several days whether extra restrictions are required in the region. The province bordering Germany, Italy and Switzerland, is usually a popular skiing destination, though hotels and restaurants are closed at present.

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