Unvaccinated people face lockdown as COVID cases surge in Austria

Unvaccinated people face lockdown as COVID cases surge in Austria

Millions of unvaccinated people in Austria are expected to face restrictions in the coming days, as the government is set to impose a lockdown.

This was disclosed by Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg in a press conference, he said his government intends to give the go-ahead by Sunday.

He objected to a nationwide lockdown telling reporters that two-thirds of the population who had accepted the immunization would not be forced to show “solidarity” with the unvaccinated. But, he warned that his government may be implementing other restrictions.

The chancellor told a press conference on Thursday, that “We have just days until we have to introduce a lockdown for unvaccinated people.”

During a visit to the city of Bregenz on Thursday, Schallenberg told reporters that he did not see why two-thirds should lose their freedom because one-third is dithering.

“For me, it is clear that there should be no lockdown for the vaccinated out of solidarity for the unvaccinated,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier last month, the Chancellor had said in line with his government’s incremental strategy, unvaccinated people would face new lockdown restrictions if Covid-19 cases continued to rise. Unvaccinated people will be placed under lockdown once Covid-19 patients occupy 30% of ICU beds in hospitals.

Austrian lawmakers will meet over the weekend to discuss the measures, according to Austria Press Agency.

Also, the province of Upper Austria, which is the least-vaccinated has announced plans to impose a lockdown on unvaccinated people from Monday after 1,193 in 100,000 people tested positive over the last week.

Similarly, the province of Innsbruck is also considering a lockdown, irrespective of what the national government plans to do

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

Johns Hopkins University data shows that over the past seven days, the country recorded a new weekly high of 67,148 new cases.

Data from the Austrian government reveals that 760 in every 100,000 people in Austria were infected with Covid over the last week.





Author: Greg