the austrian government ordered onefor not vaccinated people from Monday midnight to combat rising infections and deaths.
The move prohibits unvaccinated people 12 years and older from leaving their homes except for for basic activities such as working, shopping, going out for An walk – of get vaccinated.
authorities are concerned as regards rising infections and deaths and that soon hospital staff can no longer handle the growing influx of COVID-19 patients.
“It is our job as the government of Austria to protect the people’, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna on Sunday. “That’s why we decided that from Monday … there will be a lockdown for the unvaccinated.”
The lockdown affects about 2 million people in the Alpine country of 8.9 million, the APA news agency reported. It does not apply to children under the age of 12 because they are not yet officially vaccinated.
The lockdown will in at first last for 10 days and the police go on patrol to check people outside to make sure they have been vaccinated, Schallenberg said, adding that additional troops will be assigned to the patrols.
not vaccinated people can be fined up up to 1,450 euros ($1,660) if they violate the lockdown.
Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rate in Western Europe: only around 65% of the total population is fully vaccinated. Austria has in recent weeks faced a disturbing rise in infections. Authorities reported 11,552 new cases on Sunday; a week ago there were 8,554 new daily infections.
have deaths also has increased in recent weeks. On Sunday 17 new reported deaths. Already met all the pandemic of Austria death toll stands at 11,706, APA reported.
The Seven Day Infection rate is at 775.5 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In comparison: the rate is at 289 in neighboring Germany, that already also raised the alarm over the rising numbers.
Schallenberg be out that while the seven-day infection rate for vaccinated people has fallen in the past few days, the rate is rising fast for the unvaccinated.
“The rate for the unvaccinated is finished over 1,700, while for the vaccinated is 383,” the chancellor said.
Schallenberg also called on people who are vaccinated to get their booster shot, saying otherwise “we never” out of this vicious circle.”
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