VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrians flocked to newly reopened hairdressers, beauticians and electronics shops on Saturday, as they relished the loosening of a seven-week-old coronavirus lockdown, although the move could yet cause a rebound in infections.
Manuel, hairdresser at the Hair Concept Grecht salon, wears a protective mask as he works during the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria, May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
The Alpine republic acted early in its outbreak to close restaurants, bars, theatres, schools, non-essential shops and other gathering places, which helped reduce the daily increase in infections to less than 1%. Austria has reported about 15,500 cases and 589 deaths so far.
The conservative-led government has said those relatively low numbers justify a phased reopening. The second phase – shopping centres, larger shops and service providers including hairdressers – began on Friday, a public holiday, meaning almost all those reopened on…
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