Austria locks down unvaccinated while COVID cases in increase throughout Europe

People walk past a vaccination point amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), such as die from Austria government imposes a lockdown on people who have not been fully vaccinated, in Vienna, Austria Nov. 14, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

  • Austrian lockdown for not vaccinated hard to the police
  • Europe again becomes epicenter of pandemic
  • Austrian anti-vaxxer test positive for COVID-19
  • British PM sees ‘storm’ of infection’ in components of Europe

VIENNA, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Austria has imposed a lockdown on people not vaccinated against the coronavirus on Monday as winter approaches and infections rise over Europe, with Germany is considering tighter curbs and Britain is expanding its booster program to younger adults.

Europe has again become the epicenter of the pandemic, die encourages some countries consider reintroducing restrictions in to feed in the run-up until Christmas and a stirring debate over of vaccines alone are enough to tame COVID-19.

The disease is spreading more easy in the winter months when? people collect inside.

Europe last week responsible for more then half of the 7-day average of infections worldwide and over half of latest dead, according to a Reuters count, highest levels since April last year when the virus was at its first peak in Italy. read more

Governments and businesses fear the prolonged pandemic will derail a fragile economy recovery.

Austrian conservative-LED government said that about two million people in the country of about nine million were now allowed only their homes for a limited number of reasons: like travel to work of shop for supplies.

But there is widespread skepticism, including among conservatives and the police, over how the shutdown can be enforced – it will be hard Verify, for for example of someone on their way until work, what is allowed, of goes to shop for non-essential items, which is not.

“My goal is very clear: to get the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, not to shut up up the unvaccinated,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told ORF radio while explaining the lockdown, die used to be: announced on Sunday.

The goal is to counter a wave in infections to record levels fed by a full vaccination rate of only about 65% of the population, one of the lowest in Western Europe.

Retired Susanne Zwach said the lockdown would be “very, very difficult” for police.

“It’s definitely a way of introducing a requirement to be vaccinated via the back door,” she said as she waited in line for her booster shot.

‘STORM OF INFECTION’

German Federal government and leaders of Germany’s 16 states are about to discuss new pandemic measures this week. read more

Three German health ministers urged the parties to adopt a new government to extend the states’ power to implement stricter measures, such as lockdowns of school closures as the seven-day COVID incidence rate hit record highlights.

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged unvaccinated people to reconsider them decision in a video message on Saturday.

Difficult weeks are coming of us, and you can see I’m very worried,” Merkel said, speaking in her weekly video podcast.

France, the Netherlands and many countries in being Eastern Europe also experience a wave in infections.

UK extends COVID-19 booster vaccine rollout to: people between 40 and 49, officials said: on Monday, to boost waning immunity ahead of the colder winter months. read more

Currently all people 50 and over, die who are clinically frail and frontline health workers come in comment for booster.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he saw no need until move to a “Plan B” of mask mandates and vaccine passeseven though he was careful of rising infections in Europe. read more

“We’re sticking with Plan A’, he said in An broadcast clamp on Monday. “But what we definitely have to recognize is that there is a storm” of infection out there in components of Europe.”

Back in Austria, skepticism over vaccines are encouraged by the far-right Freedom Party, the third largest in parliament, die plans a protest against the government’s coronavirus policy on Saturday.

Side head Herbert Kickl, 53, said: in a Facebook post that he tested positive for COVID-19. He has mild symptoms and no fever, but cannot attend Saturday’s protest because of quarantine requirements.

Additional reporting by Lisi Niesner in Vienna, Josephine Mason and Alistair Smout in London, Emilio Parody in Milan and Victoria Waldersee and Maria Sheahan in Berlin; Writing by Nick Macfie, editing by William Maclean and Philippa Fletcher

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