Austria’s focus shifts to full lockdown as COVID-19 cases continue rising

pedestrians walk along a shopping street street after the austrian government posted about two million people who are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on lockdown, in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 17, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

  • Provinces of Upper Austria and Salzburg are the hardest hit
  • Those provinces are planning a joint lockdown from next week
  • Governors meet Chancellor Schallenberg on Friday
  • Infections still set records well above previous peak

VIENNA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Press on Austrian government impose full COVID-19 lockdown grew on Thursday as his worst-hit provinces said they would adopt the measure for itself because the infections are still rising in spite of the current Lockdown for the unvaccinated.

About 66% of Austrian population is fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe. The infections belong to the highest on the continent, with an incidence of seven days of 971.5 per 100,000 people.

As winter approaches, the fallen in across Europe, prompting governments to consider reopening unpopular lockdowns in to set. The Netherlands has imposed a partial lockdown die applies to everyone, but Austria has searched do not impose additional restrictions on the fully vaccinated.

“We have very, very little space for maneuver”, de conservative governor of Upper Austria, Thomas Stelzer, told the province parliament, referring to the overloaded intensive care units.

Upper Austria, a stronghold of the far-right and vaccine-critical Freedom Party, has the highest infection rate and the lowest vaccination rate. It and neighboring Salzburg are the hardest hit of The Nine Provinces of Austria. Both border on Germany.

“If No national lockdown has been ordered tomorrow, there will definitely have to be a lockdown of several weeks in Upper Austria together with our neighboring province of Salzburg as of next week,” said Stelzer.

The conservative- led by provincial government of Salzburg, which this week said it was preparing? for An possible triage situation in which number of people Intensive care beds needed larger than supply, confirmed in a statement that it is planning a joint lockdown with Upper Austria.

Austria’s governors hold a meeting on Friday with conservative Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg and minister of Public Health Wolfgang Mueckstein.

Daily infections on Thursday reached a new record of 15.145. The largest wave before this peaked at 9,586 a year ago, when Austria entered full Lock down.

Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Giles Elgood

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