17 October 2021,   11:20
Coronavirus: Austria to mass-test population

The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, has said that the country will follow in Slovakia’s footsteps by mass-testing its population.

Austria is currently set to close schools and shops on Tuesday as it toughens its lockdown measures until 6 December. Kurz said that the fast but less reliable antigen tests could help reopen the country faster in time for Christmas.

The UK prime minister is self-isolating after being informed of contact with a Covid-positive MP. Boris Johnson is showing no symptoms but is following NHS guidelines and self-isolating for two weeks.

The US has surpassed 11 million coronavirus cases today, meaning the country has recorded 1 million new cases in one week alone.