Coronavirus – Austria: “We are a few days away” from a lockdown for the unvaccinated

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THE Austria is a few days away from putting in lockdown millions of people who have not been fully vaccinated against it coronavirus, as the number of daily infections is at record levels and the pressure on ICUs is increasing, Chancellor Alexander Salenberg announced on Thursday.

It is pointed out that the 65% about the population of Austria is fully vaccinated, according to national statistics. In fact, Austria has the lowest vaccination rate of any country in Western Europe except Liechtenstein, according to data from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) cited by Reuters.

Many Austrians are skeptics against vaccinations against the disease, a trend encouraged by the far-right Freedom Party, the third largest party in parliament, the same source said.

According to a government official plan measures adopted in September, only 30% of ICU beds are filled with patients with Covid-19, unvaccinated will be put in lockdown, with restrictions on their daily movements.

The current level is 20% and is growing rapidly.

“According to the plan, we are indeed abstaining few days “Until the lockdown is imposed on unvaccinated people,” Salenberg told a news conference, adding that the vaccination rate in Austria was “shamefully low”.

It is recalled that the Conservative-led government announced on Friday that prohibits unvaccinated – or non-certified – from entering restaurants, theaters, ski lifts and accessing personal care services such as hairdressers.

What does lockdown mean for the unvaccinated?

“A lockdown for the unvaccinated means that no one can leave their home except “If he’s going to work, go shopping (basic necessities), do gymnastics – that’s exactly what we all had to endure in 2020,” he said, referring to the three nationwide lockdowns imposed last year.

The sharp rise in cases in Austria comes at a time when Eastern European countries, with the lowest vaccination rates on the continent, are facing some of the highest per capita daily death rates in the world.

Dutch experts recommended one today partial lockdown lasting two weeks, which will be if implemented the first in a Western European country since vaccines became widely available, while other countries require vaccination certificates for entry into public places.

Austria, on the other hand, wants to avoid imposing additional restrictions on those who are fully vaccinated.

Following Salenberg’s announcement, the conservative governor of the Upper Austrian province, a stronghold of the far-right Freedom Party, which has the lowest vaccination rate and the highest infection rate in any of Austria’s nine provinces, said it planned to introduce a ban on the Monday.

It will be imposed “provided it exists legal approval by the federal government and / or creating the legal basis for it, “Governor Thomas Stelzer said in a statement, adding that the situation in his province was” dramatic. “

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