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The governor of Upper Austria has said his province and the city of Salzburg will enforce a full lockdown from Monday, shutting non-essential shops and hospitality venues and ordering all residents to stay at home, regardless of vaccination status.

In a statement today, Thomas Stelzer called on Austria’s federal government to implement the measures nationwide amid rising coronavirus infections in the country.

“We don’t have much more room for manoeuvre — that is to say, we have very very little room for manoeuvre,” said Stelzer.

“If there isn’t a full federal lockdown by Monday, then we will go ahead with a lockdown lasting for several weeks in Upper Austria and the neighbouring state of Salzburg,” he told reporters.

He has called for Austria’s coronavirus task force to discuss a potential nationwide social shutdown at a meeting this afternoon. State governors will meet the federal government tomorrow to discuss the proposals.


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