The Austrian Alpine province of Tyrol -- which has seen one of Europe’s worst outbreaks of the South African coronavirus variant -- is deploying 1,200 police officers and soldiers to try and contain the spread of the virus, local authorities told CNN Thursday.
Starting Friday at midnight and lasting for 10 days, the reinforcements will be deployed to Tyrol’s border checkpoints to ensure that anyone trying to leave the province can prove they have a negative coronavirus test no more than 48 hours old, Tyrol police spokesman Stefan Eder told CNN.
Eder added that children, freight traffic and travellers transiting through Tyrol are exempt from this regulation.
The province has currently detected 438 cases of the South African coronavirus variant, according to Tyrol's local government on Thursday.
The South African variant has a mutation, called E484K, which could help the virus partly escape the effects of vaccines.