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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaking in Vienna on Oct. 31. Photo: Hans Punz/APA/AFP via Getty Images

Austria on Saturday announced a four-week nighttime curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants as another surge of coronavirus infections strains the country's health care system, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: The country reported more than 5,600 new coronavirus cases on Friday, forcing the government to reimpose partial lockdown measures that it had lifted in April. It is one of several European nations implementing lockdowns in response to cases increases.

What they're saying: “We did not take this decision lightly but it is necessary,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Saturday, according to Reuters.

  • He said the measures will take effect from Tuesday until the end of November, and will include a daily curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Restaurants, bars and cafes will be allowed to provide a take-away service, and hotels will be closed to all but business travelers.
  • Kurz described the curfew as a “ban on visits" aimed to hinder private parties that have driven infections.

Go deeper: A new round of coronavirus shutdowns hits the U.S. and Europe

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Jan 30, 2021 - World

Germany to impose travel restrictions to curb spread of coronavirus variants

Border police officers check passports and COVID-19 tests at Frankfurt Airport. Photo: Thomas Lohnes via Getty Images

Germany announced Friday that it was imposing new travel restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants.

Details: All non-German residents traveling from countries deemed "areas of variant concern," including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland, Brazil, Lesotho and Eswatini, will be banned from entering the country, even if they test negative for the coronavirus.

Jan 29, 2021 - Health

NYC set to restart indoor dining in February, weddings in March

Outdoor dining in New York City in January. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that if the current coronavirus positivity in New York City holds, indoor dining will reopen at 25% capacity on Feb. 14, one of the busiest dining days of the year.

Why it matters: The forced closure of indoor dining in December caused major backlash, as New York's struggling restaurant industry had already been hit hard by pandemic restrictions. Restaurants will still be required to close at 1o p.m.

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