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Austria briefly halts trains from Italy over Wuhan coronavirus

Christian Fernsby |
Austria lifted a brief ban on train services with Italy late yesterday after two travelers tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

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“The official block on the Brenner Pass has been lifted,” Austria’s state operated rail company OBB said on Twitter, referring to a key route between the two countries.

The Austria Press Agency (APA) reported earlier that two possible cases of the coronavirus had been discovered on a train traveling from Italy to southern Germany.

The train was halted in Brenner Pass and not permitted to enter Austria.

Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told APA that Austrian authorities would get in contact with their Italian counterparts regarding the future of train, those aboard and measures to be taken.

The passengers later tested negative for the virus, officially known as COVID-19, according to Austria’s Interior Ministry.

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