While the number of reported cases had risen to 1,016 by Monday evening, the anti-coronavirus law passed by parliament the day before came into effect.
The law closes down most public spaces such as museums, parks, restaurants and shops with exceptions like grocery stores until Sunday (22 March).
Citizens are allowed to leave their homes but can only seek the company of people they live with or be fined up to €3,600 euros.
€2 billion in liquidity will be provided by the Austrian national bank to support companies hit by the economic effects. All air travel to and from Vienna will be stopped soon, citizens abroad are being asked to return “urgently”. (Philipp Grüll | EURACTIV.de)