In Austria, there will be a lockdown on Monday for those who have not been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. This was the result of the most important conversations between Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg and state leaders.
Those who have not been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus can only leave their homes to do essential activities, such as shopping, working or seeing a doctor. The measure will be in effect for ten days and will affect nearly two million people. Schallenberg announced that highly consistent randomized checks will be conducted and penalties for violations will be applied in return.
The vaccination rate in Austria is about 65 percent. Schallenberg described it as “embarrassingly low” last week and it should be raised. On Sunday, he said, “If the vaccination rate remains the same, we will remain stuck in a vicious circle” of Corona injuries. The seven-day index per 100,000 inhabitants rose to about 815 in the country. That is more than 1,700 among the unvaccinated.
People who are not immune already face restrictions in Austria. The country switched to a so-called 2G model this month. This means that some indoor locations, such as restaurants and cinemas, are only accessible to people who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19. The introduction of this rule has already led to queues at vaccination centers.
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