Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced that from January 25, Austrian residents must wear high-protection respirators of the FFP2 class, and not regular medical masks.
“From January 25, the FFP2 mask will be mandatory in certain places, for example, in public transport and shops,” the website of the Austrian Federal Chancellery quotes him.
According to local media reports, the price of a respirator will be around € 1. The head of the country’s Ministry of Health, Rudolf Anschober, emphasized that a respirator is a more reliable means of personal protection. He said that such masks will be sold at cost, and the poor will be given free of charge.
In addition, Sebastian Kurz said that on Monday in Austria came into force a requirement for a social distance of two meters in all public places. He also announced the extension of the lockdown in the country until February 7th. The measures are due to the fact that a “British” strain of COVID-19 has been identified in Austria, which is spreading twice as fast.
Earlier, the Austrian authorities introduced mandatory electronic registration before entering the country in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the country has temporarily closed hotels, restaurants, museums and libraries, as well as a number of service organizations. Most Austrians work remotely, students study remotely. Leaving the house is only allowed for grocery shopping, sports, work or study.
According to the latest data, 404 thousand cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Austria, 380 thousand people were cured, 7 389 patients died.