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Austria's nationwide lockdown begins, with COVID-19 vaccine mandate looming

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VIENNA (AP) - Austria went into a nationwide lockdown early Monday to combat soaring coronavirus infections, a step being closely watched by other European governments struggling with national outbreaks that are straining health care systems.The measures are expected to last for a maximum of 20 days but will be reevaluated after 10.

They require people to stay home apart from basic reasons like getting groceries, going to the doctor and exercising. Restaurants and most shops must close and larger events will be canceled.

Schools and day care centers can remain open, but parents are encouraged to keep their children home.Austria hopes to lift the measures on Dec.

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