Austria is weathering the coronavirus pandemic better than many but that’s not an excuse to break self-isolation for Easter celebrations, despite traditions and good weather, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has warned.

“We are a country in West Europe that has the best trend in [Covid-19] numbers. This is thanks to the self-isolation measures, further steps and participation of the population,” Kurz said in a statement.

But Austrians should keep in mind that “the virus is still among us” and plan how they celebrate Easter accordingly. He asked people to refrain from customary family reunions for the celebration and not be tempted by good weather into unnecessary walks or to mingle outdoors. Sticking to the rules will save lives, he stressed.

“After Easter, we can gradually return to normal,” he promised. “But that will only be possible if we do in the next few days what we have done so impressively over the past three weeks.” (RT)