Saskatchewan Examiner

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Full lockdown imposed in Austria after COVID-19 cases soar

The Austrian Chancellor has called for a mandatory vaccination drive to avoid future coronavirus surges.

  • Austria goes into a 20-day lockdown; situation to be assessed after 10 days.
  • Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg to make it compulsory for the citizens of Austria to get their COVID jab.
  • Austria reports over 15,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day.
BREAKING — Austria has announced a full nationwide lockdown starting Monday  in an attempt to curb rising COVID cases | News | DW | 19.11.2021
Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the continent of Europe, as the country goes into a full nationwide 20-day lockdown.

Days after Austria imposed a lockdown on the people who haven’t taken the COVID-19 vaccine, it has introduced a full countrywide Covid-19 lockdown beginning on Monday.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg stated that it’d last most of 20 days and there could be a legal compulsion to get vaccinated from 1 February 2022.

He turned into responding to record coronavirus case numbers and one of the lowest vaccination ranges in Western Europe.

Many different European nations are enforcing regulations as instances of COVID upward thrust across the continent.

For an extended time, there has been a consensus over averting obligatory vaccinations, the chancellor stated.

However, too many humans have been incited now no longer to get the jab, due to too many political forces, flimsy vaccination opponents, and faux news. The Chancellor brought that the measures are but to be finalized.

The latest figures display an occurrence rate of 990.7 instances in line with 100,000 humans withinside the last week, and Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein stated enforcing a lockdown turned into an “ultimate resort”. A record 15,809 instances have been mentioned within 24 hours, in a population of under 9 million.

Under the measures, Austrians could be requested to work from home, non-vital stores will close, and colleges will stay open for youngsters who require face-to-face learning. They will preserve till 12 December however could be reassessed after 10 days.

Neighbouring Germany has visible numerous days of record infections this week, and Health Minister Jens Spahn has spoken of “a countrywide emergency that calls for a combined countrywide effort”.

German leaders have already agreed to introduce regulations for unvaccinated humans in regions with excessive health center admissions. And parliament has subsidized necessities for humans to reveal Covid passes on buses and trains, and in workplaces.

Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger has already introduced that a “lockdown for the unvaccinated” will begin on Monday, and the Czech authorities are likewise restricting access to several services. The Netherlands delivered a partial lockdown ultimate weekend.

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