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.
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.