Market gloom

Usually packed with crowds, the Christmas market next to St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, was devoid of shoppers and festive cheer on Monday.

Austria has entered a nationwide lockdown - its fourth since the start of the pandemic - in an effort to contain spiralling Covid-19 infections.

Shops, restaurants and festive markets have been asked to shut for the three-week lockdown. And its 8.9 million people are not allowed to leave home except for a few activities, such as going to work, shopping for essentials and exercising.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2021, with the headline 'Market gloom'. Subscribe