Austrian-German border to reopen from June 15 – Austrian tourism minister

    Customers wait in line after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown has been eased around the country and companies open some of its stores, in Munich, Germany, May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

    Border controls with Germany will be lifted from June 15, Austria’s tourism minister, Elisabeth Koestinger, told broadcaster ORF on Wednesday.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz have agreed on a two-step plan to ease travel restrictions, Koestinger said.

    Some restrictions on border traffic will be eased from Friday and border controls will be completely lifted from June 15, she said.

    Meanwhile the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 798 to 171,306, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Wednesday.

    The reported death toll rose by 101 to 7,634, the tally showed.