Austria seals off Innsbruck hotel after reporting first two coronavirus cases

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Source : Gulf News

Austria: Austria reported its first two cases of coronavirus on Tuesday and sealed off a hotel in the Alpine tourist hub of Innsbruck where one of the infected people works, in an effort to contain the outbreak.

The infected people are an Italian couple, both aged 24, who last week visited their home town of Bergamo in Lombardy, northern Italy, one of the regions worst affected by the outbreak, before returning to Innsbruck, officials said.

The regional government in Tyrol said the woman works as a receptionist at the hotel. Nobody is now being allowed in or out of the building while authorities check who has been in contact with her.

“We are not describing it as locking them in but as an isolation,” a spokesman for Tyrol’s Governor Guenther Platter said, declining to name the hotel.

A city source confirmed media reports that it was the Grand Hotel Europa, which has 108 rooms. It did not answer repeated telephone calls.

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