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So that no droplets fly: Anschober, Kurz, Kogler and Nehammer at the press conference in Vienna on Monday
Image: Reuters

In Austria, public life is supposed to start again – but there are fierce discussions about the mandatory use of the “Stop Corona App”.

I.n Austria, under Sebastian Kurz, is carefully stepping the government back towards gradual normalization under strict conditions and warnings. On Monday, the Chancellor announced a “gradual opening of society” that should start after Easter. Shops should open again in the course of April, first small and then larger. Later – even more vaguely promised – restaurants and hotels should also be able to be opened again. The school-leaving qualifications (Abitur) and final apprenticeship examination should be made possible, but the schools themselves should not be open again until mid-May at the earliest.

The Chancellor of the Christian-Democratic ÖVP performed in the practiced Corona format together with the green Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler as well as the Ministers for Industry Rudolf Anschober (Health, Greens) and Karl Nehammer (Interior, ÖVP). They saw scope for this easing by stabilizing data on corona infections. Health Minister Anschober said: There is no longer a 40 percent increase in infections as three weeks ago, but less than two percent. For the past week there have only been single-digit increases. “This is a huge success, but only a first stage success.”

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