Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced the decision to introduce a full lockdown and obligatory vaccination for all citizens of the country. Austria is the first EU country to adopt such strict restrictions in connection with the spreading coronavirus pandemic.
The vaccination obligation will come into force on February 1 next year, while the lockdown will start on Mondayand its effects will be assessed after 10 days, said Schallenberg.
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“Despite months of persuasion, we have not managed to convince enough people to vaccinate,” the chancellor said at a press conference in West Tyrol, where he met with the heads of regional governments. Blamed refusers to vaccinate for “attacking the healthcare system” writes the daily The Guardian.
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Full lockdown means Austrians can no longer leave their homes, with few exceptions such as shopping for essentials and exercise. Earlier this week, Austria has already started the lockdown for the unvaccinated or recently healed, thus becoming the first EU country to take such a decision.
Agence France-Presse notes that the number of infections continues to rise. On Thursday, a new record of over 15,000 was recorded in the country with almost nine million inhabitants. new cases. 66 percent are vaccinated. citizens.