Coronavirus Digest: Austria and France facilitate lockdowns | News | DW

Austria Coronavirus restrictions eased on Wednesday, allowing restaurants, hotels and theaters to reopen for the first time in more than five months.

“The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said.

Quarantine will also no longer be required for many foreign visitors to Austria from Wednesday, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said.

Visitors, however, must provide a health certificate showing that they are not infected with the coronavirus.

“The number of infections is declining in many countries, which is why we can announce these eases on entry alongside our measures to open this country,” Mückstein said.

People visiting restaurants and bars should always adhere to France’s social distancing rules

France has reopened its terraces, although limited to 50% of their capacity and six people per table. Restaurants and cafes will have to wait until June 9 to allow customers to enter.

Cinemas, theaters and museums in France can once again welcome visitors, who still have to wear masks and maintain a physical distance.

The night curfew in France at 7 p.m. will be delayed by two hours – so from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Disneyland Paris announced its reopening on June 17th.

France’s easing of restrictions precedes a large-scale unlock of activities scheduled for June 30.

Of Germany The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has increased from 11,040 to 3,614,095, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases showed. This is almost 4,000 fewer cases than at the same time last week. The reported death toll increased from 284 to 86,665.


Countries in Asia have tightened restrictions following several outbreaks of COVID-19.

Coronavirus success story Taiwan has reported more than 1,000 cases since last week and put more than 600,000 people in medical isolation for two weeks.

Taiwan raised its COVID-19 alert level for the entire island on Wednesday, registering 267 new cases. The capital Taipei is already under a higher alert level, with restrictions on gatherings and the closure of some non-essential shops and entertainment venues.

The latest wave is believed to be due to the more easily transmissible coronavirus variant first identified in the UK, also known as the UK variant.

India set another record for daily COVID-19 deaths, even as infections have declined. The health ministry on Wednesday reported 4,529 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 283,248.

The South Asian country has also confirmed 267,334 new infections, with daily cases falling below 300,000 for the third day in a row.

Mongolia saw its death toll drop from 15 to 233.

Hong Kong and Singapore postponed a second time a non-quarantine travel bubble after an outbreak of unknown origin in Singapore.

China recorded new cases apparently linked to contacts with people arriving from abroad.

From Japan The health ministry is considering allowing pharmacists to administer coronavirus vaccines to speed up its vaccination campaign, a government spokesperson said. The announcement comes as calls multiply for the cancellation of the Olympics.

Just 65 days before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, less than 30% of doctors in major Japanese cities have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the country Nikkei the newspaper reported.

Japanese figures released this week showed that three months after the country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign began, less than 40% of its medical staff are fully vaccinated.

mvb / nm (Reuters, AP, AFP)

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