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Austria’s Tyrol province orders lockdown

Hungarian police and medics arrived to control the passengers of a coach at the Nickelsdorf/Hegyeshalom border crossing between Austria and Hungary.
Hungarian police and medics arrived to control the passengers of a coach at the Nickelsdorf/Hegyeshalom border crossing between Austria and Hungary.ALEX HALADA/AFP via Getty Images

Austria’s Tyrol province is ordering a lockdown to fight the coronavirus, initially for a one-week period.

The provincial governor, Guenther Platter, announced Sunday that people will be allowed to leave their homes only for reasons such as buying food and medicine, visiting the doctor, getting cash or walking the dog.

Tyrol, an Alpine region that is popular with skiers, borders northern Italy and is one of the worst-hit areas of Austria, which already has largely shut down public life.

The lockdown measures mirror those already taken by Italy and Spain.

Austria has confirmed 758 cases of the new coronavirus and one death.

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