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“Easter rest” for Austria’s east: Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland are closed in order to be able to master the coronavirus. The health minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) and the state chiefs announced on Wednesday evening. From April 1st to 6th, exit restrictions around the clock, company and trade closings, FFP2 mask obligations, commuter requirements, distance learning and much more will be introduced. More on this.
BVT cell phone data illegally canceled: Dozens of cell phones were discovered in the course of a raid in the apartment of an IT technician from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter Terrorism. They are said to come not only from, but also from, high-ranking Interior Ministry and Cabinet officials. The man is suspected of having illegally read, passed on and sold the data, such as Anna Thalhammer reported. [premium]
EU summit on vaccination strategy: The 27 EU heads of state and government want to increase the speed of vaccinations against the coronavirus at their summit. To this end, production is to be boosted and deliveries expanded. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) wants to bring the redistribution of vaccines called for by him to the table. Heavy criticism comes in advance from Germany. More on this.
CO2 concentration increases: The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has continued to rise despite the restrictions due to the pandemic. The Keeling curve reached its highest level in millions of years in March, reports the Californian Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which has been recording the CO2 concentration in the air in Hawaii since 1958. More on this.
Online trade as the winner of the corona crisis: In the previous year, Austrians bought online for an average of 2600 euros. The insurance sector cannot complain about too little business either, as a report by Kantar Sifo shows. However, before the final payment is made, many purchases are still canceled. More on this. [premium]
(Animal) look into the past: 60 years ago today, the USSR put the little dog Swosdotschka into orbit for 88 minutes with “Sputnik-10”, while at the same time the urn with the ashes of the writer Heinrich Mann, who died in the USA in 1950, was buried in East Berlin.
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