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Austria to close schools in bid to contain COVID-19 spread - OE24

A woman wearing a protective mask walks along an underground platform during the second lockdown as the coronavirus disease continues in Vienna, Austria, November 12, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/Files

(Reuters) - Austria will likely close schools and tighten contact restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, news website OE24 reported on Friday.

The government is due to hold a news conference to present the new measures on Saturday, it added.

It also said the retail sector would largely remain open, except for shopping centres where large crowds could gather.

Reporting by Thomas Seythal in Berlin; Editing by Riham Alkousaa

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