March 10, 2020 / 11:08 AM / a month ago

Austria bans indoor events of more than 100 people, minister says

FILE PHOTO: Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer attends a news conference in Vienna, Austria February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria is banning indoor events of more than 100 people and outdoor events of more than 500 in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said on Tuesday.

The measure is part of a package that also includes denying entry to people arriving from Italy with only a few exceptions. The measures were announced by Nehammer and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at a joint news conference.

Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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