Austria to lift travel warning for Italy’s worst-hit region Lombardy

The Austrian government has announced it will lift its travel warning for the region of Lombardy, which continues to be the worst-affected area by the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

The decision was made following a fall in the number of infections in the Lombardy region.

In a statement, Austria’s Foreign Ministry said, “The epidemiological development of the province, which was hit first and particularly hard by the pandemic, now makes this step possible.”

The travel warning had previously meant that direct flights between Lombardy’s capital Milan and Austria were banned. Flights now look set to resume between Milan and Vienna.

Austria’s borders had remained closed to Italy for over three months as the outbreak of COVID-19 in Italy continued to worsen, and were reopened a month ago.

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