Infected people have to wear masks: Austria abolishes the obligation to isolate

They are allowed to leave their homes, work or go to events: people infected with the corona virus no longer have to be isolated in Austria.

Infected people have to wear masks: Austria abolishes the obligation to isolate

They are allowed to leave their homes, work or go to events: people infected with the corona virus no longer have to be isolated in Austria. However, they are required to wear a mask. In France, the last Corona regulations are now falling.

As of today, there is no longer an obligation to isolate people infected with corona in Austria. Anyone who has tested positive for the virus but does not feel sick can still leave the house. However, those who test positive must wear an FFP2 mask - unless they are outdoors and can keep a distance of two meters from other people.

It is therefore also possible to work with a positive corona test, but only in professions in which a mask can be worn. Infected people are even allowed to go to events and, for example, to swimming pools or restaurants. However, they must wear a mask the whole time - eating or drinking is expressly not permitted. On the other hand, old people’s and nursing homes as well as health facilities and kindergartens may not be entered by infected people – unless you work there.

In France, on the other hand, the last corona measures fell. Masks no longer have to be worn in hospitals and similar facilities. Last week, however, the Ministry of Health “very urgently appealed to all French people” to continue to wear mouth and nose protection in sensitive areas. The country had recently fought a seventh wave of corona, but the number of infections fell again last week.

The requirements for trips to France no longer apply either. Proof of the corona vaccination protection, a negative test or the recovered status is no longer required. So far, travelers entering the country either had to be fully vaccinated or be able to show a current negative corona test. For travelers from the EU and some other countries, proof of a recently recovered infection was also accepted. This is now usually no longer necessary. However, if dangerous virus variants occur, the government can order that travelers must present a negative test before boarding a plane to France.

Meanwhile, New Zealand has reopened its borders to all foreign arrivals. Citizens of all countries can now again apply for visas and travel to the country without having to stay in quarantine hotels for two weeks. The New Zealand government decided in May to bring the opening of the borders to all travelers forward by two months in order to boost the economy - especially the ailing tourism industry. Travelers whose countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program have been able to re-enter New Zealand since May 1 without having to self-isolate. This applied to all EU member states, the USA and Canada, among others. Now people from other countries are allowed to return to New Zealand.

The strict entry regulations imposed in March 2020 are considered one of the main reasons for New Zealand's successful fight against the coronavirus: The country has recorded just 855 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic - most of them after the corona restrictions were eased in March amid an omicron wave registered. In the past seven days, the authorities have now reported over 52,500 cases of infection.

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