Thursday, December 8

Austria going into full lockdown following the surge of the COVID-19 cases

A few days after Austria imposed a lockdown on the unvaccinated, the country finally announced a full lockdown starting on 22 November 2021. This national-level lockdown is a response to the record case number that has been surging for the past few weeks.

According to BBC, the latest data shows that the incidence rate of Covid-19 in Austria has risen to 1,049.9 cases per 100,000 people. Seeing the significantly increasing number, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said imposing a lockdown was the last resort to press down the number of cases.

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The lockdown will continue until 12 December but will be reassessed after 10 days. Austrians will have to work remotely from their own homes, non-essential shops will close, and schools will only open for children who require face-to-face learning.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced that the lockdown would last a maximum of 20 days, as reported by BBC. There would also be a legal requirement to get vaccinated starting on 1 February 2022.

The chancellor said that for a long time, there had been a consensus over the avoidance of mandatory vaccinations. He also added that many people avoid vaccination because of too many political forces, flimsy vaccination opponents, and fake news.

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