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Austria will go into third lockdown on Dec. 26, government says

Austria's Chancellor Kurz holds news conference in Vienna

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria will go into coronavirus lockdown for a third time after Christmas, the government confirmed on Friday, just 11 days after the country’s second lockdown ended.

Non-essential shops that reopened last week will close, reopening the week of Jan. 18 along with restaurants, schools, museums and theatres, the government said in a statement.

Mass coronavirus tests will be held on Jan. 15-17, allowing those who test negative to be freed from lockdown. Those who do not get tested must stay in lockdown until Jan. 24, the statement said.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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