Austria orders lockdown for residents who have not received COVID-19 vaccine


The Austrian authorities has ordered a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated folks beginning at midnight Monday to fight rising coronavirus infections and deaths.

The transfer prohibits unvaccinated folks 12 and older from leaving their properties besides for fundamental actions reminiscent of working, grocery procuring, going for a stroll — or getting vaccinated.

Authorities are involved about rising infections and deaths and that quickly hospital employees will not be capable of deal with the rising inflow of COVID-19 sufferers.

“It’s our job as the government of Austria to protect the people,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg advised reporters in Vienna on Sunday. “Therefore we decided that starting Monday … there will be a lockdown for the unvaccinated.”

A demonstrator holds a placard studying ‘No to obligatory vaccination’ throughout an anti-vaccination protest on the Ballhausplatz in Vienna, Austria, on November 14, 2021, after a Corona disaster’ summit of the Austrian authorities.

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The lockdown impacts about 2 million folks within the Alpine nation of 8.9 million, the APA information company reported. It does not apply to youngsters beneath 12 as a result of they can not but formally get vaccinated.

The lockdown will initially final for 10 days and police will go on patrol to test folks outdoors to verify they’re vaccinated, Schallenberg stated, including that extra forces will probably be assigned to the patrols.

Unvaccinated folks could be fined as much as 1,450 euros ($1,660) in the event that they violate the lockdown.

Austria has one of many lowest vaccination charges in Western Europe: solely round 65% of the full inhabitants is totally vaccinated. In latest weeks, Austria has confronted a worrying rise in infections. Authorities reported 11,552 new instances on Sunday; per week in the past there have been 8,554 new each day infections.

Deaths have additionally been rising in latest weeks. On Sunday, 17 new deaths had been reported. Overall, Austria’s pandemic demise toll stands at 11,706, APA reported.

The seven-day an infection rate stands at 775.5 new instances per 100,000 inhabitants. In comparability, the rate is at 289 in neighboring Germany, which has already additionally sounded the alarm over the rising numbers.

Schallenberg identified that whereas the seven-day an infection rate for vaccinated folks has been falling in latest days, the rate is rising rapidly for the unvaccinated.

“The rate for the unvaccinated is at over 1,700, while for the vaccinated it is at 383,” the chancellor stated.

Schallenberg additionally known as on folks who have been vaccinated to get their booster shot, saying that in any other case “we will never get out of this vicious circle.”

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