Austria: Tyrol’s statewide isolation order extended until March

Austria: Tyrol's statewide isolation order extended until March
Border crossing between Austria and Germany Christof STACHE / AFP
A negative coronavirus test will continue to be required for anyone leaving Tyrol until March due to concerns relating to the South African coronavirus mutation.

Rules forcing people to take a compulsory corona test before leaving Tyrol have been extended to March 3rd by the Ministry of Health in a bid to limit the spread of the South African variant of the coronavirus. 

People who are in North Tyrol are only allowed to cross the state line if they can show a negative corona test that is not older than 48 hours.

Children up to the age of ten are exempt from the regulation.

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The Schwaz district captain Michael Brandl said Tyrol was following “tough” and “strict” criteria in contact tracing and detecting any sources of infection.

He said the current development of the numbers of infection was “proving them right” but there was still a way to go in eliminating the coronavirus variant. 

Tyrol has one of the lowest seven-day incidences in the country according to the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES).

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The number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants is 86.6.

Across Austria the number is 132.

Mobility data showed that trips in and out of Tyrol have decreased since the imposition of a statewide isolation order in mid-February. 

'Urgent appeal'

Mr Brandle once again made an “urgent appeal” to all residents of the Schwaz district to continue to get tested regularly.

So far, around 34,000 PCR gargle tests have been issued to communities in the Tyrol.

These tests will also be used in a targeted manner in companies and associations in the Schwaz district in order to detect possible sources of infection and shut down as soon as possible.

 

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