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Austria sent millions of unvaccinated people into lockdown on Monday as it battles to contain record levels of Covid-19, the latest in a string of targeted restrictions as governments around the world attempt to promote stable vaccination rates. Crack down on vaccine holdouts.

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Austria’s Chancellor Alexander Schellenberg announced on Sunday that anyone not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 would be allowed to leave home only for limited reasons such as work or essential shopping.

Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said children under the age of 12 and those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 will be exempted from the new restrictions.

The lockdown is initially set to last 10 days and Mückstein said Additional restrictions for all people are being considered in an effort to ease pressure on Austria’s struggling hospitals.

The government said it would publicly investigate people and impose fines on those violating the new rules.

With the policy, Austria joins several other areas that restrict the freedom of unvaccinated people, including parts of Australia, which kept lockdown restrictions for the non-vaccinated and Berlin, which Have been taken To ban vaccinations from restaurants, bars and gyms.

Singapore also announced will no longer be covered Health care costs of COVID-19 patients for those unrelated to choice.

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