Austria to enforce lockdown for unvaccinated

Austrians are days away from a first lockdown for anyone not fully vaccinated, after record infections were reported across the country.

Upper Austria province will impose restrictions from Monday if it gets the go-ahead from the federal government. Salzburg also plans new measures.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said a national lockdown for the unvaccinated was “probably inevitable”.

Two-thirds of people should not suffer because others were hesitant, he said.

Upper Austria, which borders Germany and the Czech Republic and has a population of 1.5 million, has the country’s highest level of infection and the lowest vaccination rate.

Nationally, a record 11,975 Covid-19 infections were recorded in the past 24 hours and Austria’s coronavirus commission has warned of a threat that “must be taken seriously”.

Austria has already banned the unvaccinated from going to restaurants, cinemas, ski lifts and hairdressers, but things are about to get even tougher in Upper Austria.

The province is introducing a lockdown for the unvaccinated.

The chancellor says this means that people who have not been vaccinated won’t be able to leave home, unless it is for essential reasons like going to work, buying food or exercise.

Critics say the lockdown will be very hard to enforce.

If infections continue to rise, the authorities say lockdowns for the unvaccinated could be introduced in other areas. The far-right opposition Freedom Party has been campaigning on a platform of vaccine scepticism, a message that has found favour with many Austrians. (Courtesy BBC)

1 COMMENT

  1. Bye Europe and corrupted politicians.
    Another “brilliant” illogical, immoral and illegal idea of corrupted politicians and governments.
    Just looked at the covid stats from my home country (Poland), after “vaccinating” 60 % of population.
    10th November 2020 (0 % of population vaccinated) AND 10th November 2021 (around 60 % of population vaccinated) – almost the same numbers of covid deaths and infected in the whole country.
    Logic, mathematics, and proof how ‘efficient” these “vaccines” really are.
    but noooooo…

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