Austria re-imposes a full Covid lockdown and makes vaccination mandatory

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  • Chancellor Alexander Schellenberg announced that COVID vaccination will become mandatory in Austria from 1 February.
  • On Thursday, Austria reported 15,145 new cases of Covid-19, setting a new record high for daily positive tests.

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Austria will enter a fourth national lockdown on Monday as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.

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The unconnected people of the country have already been barred from stepping out of their homes for non-essential purposes.

Chancellor Alexander Schellenberg announced in a press conference on Friday that those lockdown measures would be implemented across the country from Monday.

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The lockdown will last a maximum of 20 days, Schellenberg said.

He also announced that COVID vaccination will become mandatory in Austria from 1 February.

On Thursday, Austria reported 15,145 new cases of Covid-19, setting a new record high for daily positive tests.

About 65% of Austria’s population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, which Schulenberg previously described as “embarrassingly low”. The country has the second lowest vaccination rate in Western Europe after Liechtenstein.

The Austrian Press Agency reported that government ministers were in talks early Friday to come up with actions that could help stop Austria’s spiraling COVID crisis.

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