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Austria reports first Covid-19 cases in schools days after reopening
The Andersen Kindergarten in the Hügelpark in Hietzing, Vienna
The Andersen Kindergarten in the Hügelpark in Hietzing, Vienna Credit: Herzi Pinki (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

According to a spokesperson of the government "there are no major clusters at educational institutions" after three cases of Covid-19 have been reported in three different schools in Vienna and 13 cases at multiple kindergartens.

The classmates of the infected students now need to go into quarantine for ten days since their last contact with the infected person.

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Austria starts regular operation of facial recognition technology

After an approximately one-year trial period the facial recognition system of the Ministry of the Interior of Austria has went into regular operation.

According to the ministry the system has been used 581 times so far and 83 criminal suspects have been identified by the software.

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Austrian Chancellor Kurz announces that he wants to "prevent another lockdown"
2020 Sebastian Kurz Ministerrat am 8.1.2020 - adaption: Added background and blur
2020 Sebastian Kurz Ministerrat am 8.1.2020 - adaption: Added background and blur Credit: Bundesministerium für Finanzen (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced in a statement that during the next week "further measures" will be decided on with the goal to "prevent another lockdown". According to him at this point there is more information about the Covid-19 virus that enables "accurate measures".