Austria Plans To Reintroduce Mask Mandates For Mild New Variant Despite Just Lifting Them Two Weeks Ago

New sub-variant is proving milder than original Omicron

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After a surge in COVID cases caused by the BA.2 Omicron sub-variant, Austria is set to re-impose mask mandates that were dropped just two weeks ago.

And there you were thinking the technocrats had finally let it go.

Mask mandates in every area of the country apart from the capital Vienna were lifted as part of the general continent-wide trend of finally learning to “live with COVID.”

That included ending the requirement for Austrians to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter most premises.

However, despite the BA.2 variant proving even less dangerous than the original Omicron variant in terms of hospitalisations and deaths, restrictions are being brought back.

“Austria to reintroduce mandatory mask mandates in most indoor settings starting next week, just two weeks after the requirement was abolished,” reports

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