Austria’s daily coronavirus tally surges past 4,000 to new record

VIENNA — Austria’s daily tally of new coronavirus cases has surged past 4,000 to a new record of 4,453, newspapers Kronen Zeitung and Oesterreich reported on Thursday before the figure’s official publication.

Infections in Austria have been rising steadily but the country has only relatively lenient restrictions in place to slow the spread of the virus – shops, bars, restaurants and theaters remain open.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is due to speak on Thursday afternoon after meeting experts on hospital capacity. (Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Alison Williams)

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