Austria to impose lockdown on millions of unvaccinated people as Covid cases surge

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  • Chancellor Alexander Schellenberg said at a news conference on Friday that his government wanted to “give the green light” to such measures by Sunday.
  • The least vaccinated province of Upper Austria, where 1,193 out of 100,000 people tested positive in the past week, has already announced plans to impose a lockdown on unvaccinated people from Monday.

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It is expected that Austria may impose lockdown restrictions on millions of illiterate people in the coming days.

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Chancellor Alexander Schellenberg said at a news conference on Friday that his government wanted to “give the green light” to such measures by Sunday, Austria Press Agency reported, According to the news agency, MPs will meet over the weekend to discuss the move.

The chancellor rejected the notion of a nationwide lockdown to apply to all citizens of Austria, telling reporters on Friday that the two-thirds of the population who accepted vaccination would not be forced to show “solidarity” without vaccination . However, he cautioned that there could be some relaxation in other restrictions.

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Schalenberg said last month That if COVID-19 cases continue to rise, unvaccinated people will face new lockdown restrictions in line with the government’s incremental plan. This strategy will put unvaccinated people under lockdown once coronavirus patients occupy 30% of the ICU beds in hospitals.

According to Reuters, COVID patients currently occupy 20% of ICU beds in Austria, and this level is rising rapidly.

The country saw 67,148 new cases of Covid-19 in the past seven days – a new record weekly high, data from Johns Hopkins University shows.

“We have only a few days until we have to start a lockdown for people without vaccinations,” Schalenberg said at a news conference on Thursday.

Schalenberg told reporters during a visit to the city of Bregenz on Thursday that he did not see “why two-thirds lose their freedom because a third is upset.”

“To me, it is clear that there should be no lockdown for vaccination out of solidarity for vaccination,” he said, According to the Associated Press,

The chancellor also said on Thursday that it was “probably inevitable” that Austria would have to impose a lockdown for those who had not been vaccinated, adding that there was an “uncomfortable” winter and Christmas ahead for the unvaccinated, local media outlets reported.

Schellenberg dubbed Austria’s vaccination rate “embarrassingly low”, according to Reuters.

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Data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control shows that approximately 65% ​​of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated. This gives Austria the second lowest vaccination rate in Western Europe after Liechtenstein.

Meanwhile, official government data, shows That in Austria during the past week 760 people out of 100,000 were infected with Kovid. The least vaccinated province of Upper Austria, where 1,193 out of 100,000 people tested positive in the past week, has already announced plans to impose a lockdown on unvaccinated people from Monday. There is also the province of Innsbruck Allegedly a lockdown weight, regardless of plans at the national level.

Unvaccinated people will be banned from visiting non-essential public places, such as restaurants and movie theaters, and will not be allowed to use services that require close contact, such as beauty salons and hairdressers.

Austria has faced issues of vaccine resistance in its effort to implement a COVID vaccination. In September, the newly formed Menschen-Freiheit-Grundrechte (People-Freedom-Rights) party – a group of COVID vaccine skeptics – Won three seats in the Upper Austrian regional parliament,

Meanwhile, Austria’s third largest political party, the right-wing Freedom Party, is Openly condemned the Kovid vaccine,

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