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Officials in the Austrian province of Tyrol have ordered 279 communities to isolate themselves and go into quarantine as an extension of federal lockdown measures.  

“We have to prevent with all our strength conditions like what we are seeing now in Italy…we are issuing a quarantine order for all 279 Tyrolean communities,” Governor Guenther Platter announced Wednesday evening in a statement shared on Facebook. 

Platter said that members of the public would only be allowed to leave their villages or towns if necessary to cover basic needs, provide services of general interest or travel to work. “If there is a doctor, a pharmacy, a grocery store and a bank in the village, then the community may not be left for these purposes. What is not allowed, for example, is to go to another village if there is a grocery store in your own village,” Platter added. 

According to Austria’s Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health Care and Consumer Protection, the western province has reported 437 cases — out of Austria’s total 1,843 — as of Thursday morning.

The order for the popular tourist region follows previous quarantine measures imposed on ski resorts across Austria — including Ischgl and St Anton — which had been identified by authorities as hotspots for the spread of the coronavirus.

Source : CNN Philippines

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