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Austria imposes full lockdown, Germany may follow, as COVID grips Europe

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By Francois Murphy and Paul Carrel VIENNA/BERLIN (Reuters) -Austria will become the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full COVID-19 lockdown, it said on Friday as neighbouring Germany warned it may follow suit, sending shivers through financial markets worried about the economic fallout. A fourth wave of infections has plunged Germany, Europe’s largest economy, into a national emergency, Health Minister Jens Spahn said. He urged people to reduce their social contacts, warning that vaccinations alone would not reduce case numbers. Austria said it would require the whole population h…

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