Increasing numbers of COVID 19 Infections: “The virus comes to Austria by car” according to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

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In a press statement today, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz commented on travel warnings and the current situation.

“The virus is coming into Austria by car.” This was said by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) to media representatives on Sunday, warning of worrisome developments in the Western Balkan countries, which are also popular destinations for Austrians going to the seaside. He called for increased checks at the borders by the health authorities.

A travel warning for Croatia will come into force on Monday. From then on, returnees will have to present a valid test (not older than 72 hours) or will have to be in home quarantine until a negative test result is obtained. The situation in Austria has been very good and stable in the past weeks, but the development in the past few days is “worrying”. Kurz appealed: “I have a big request to the population: Please be careful. The numbers are rising again, the corona pandemic is not yet over, and we must do everything possible to protect health in Austria, but above all to prevent a second lockdown so that jobs and the economy are not put at risk.

Young people without symptoms

The largest group among the actively infected is now young people, who are often asymptomatic and do not even notice that they are carrying the virus, said the Chancellor. However, they would infect family members and endanger older people.

It is crucial that border controls by health authorities be strengthened, Kurz demanded. He had spoken with the federal states and with Health Minister Rudolf Anschober . “A border control by the police is good, but for all those who have been on holiday in Croatia in the last few days and have returned or are returning today”, there would be the possibility of a free test. Kurz appealed to make use of this opportunity.

Kurz said he knew that border controls were resource-intensive for health authorities, “but the army is available”. He asked that the Armed Forces be requested to provide assistance so that the controls can be carried out to the full extent.

The Chancellor refuted speculations that he was criticizing the work of the Health Minister: “We work very well together in the federal government, we also work very well together with the states.

— Hector Pascua with reports from News Agencies, Picture: stockilyapp.com

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