ZURICH (Reuters) – It is only a matter of time until more European countries adopt the kind of aggressive steps that Italy is taking to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Sunday.
Italy, Austria’s southern neighbor, imposed a virtual lockdown across a swathe of its wealthy north on Sunday including the financial capital Milan, in a drastic new attempt to try to contain a rapidly growing outbreak.
Kurz told broadcaster ORF the situation in Austria — where health authorities have reported 104 confirmed coronavirus cases so far — was under control and the measures it has adopted were proper, although probably not the final steps required.
Austria said last week it would introduce “spot” health checks at its border with Italy for two weeks.
Austria could “of course” close schools, kindergartens and universities or curb large events if needed, Kurz said, adding he was in contact with the leaders…