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Austria could lock down the vaccinated too

Austria may lock down the vaccinated too

Simply three days after unvaccinated Austrians have been informed to be quarantined, a provincial governor is urgent for a nationwide lockdown of all residents as Covid-19 infections proceed setting file highs.

“If no nationwide lockdown is ordered tomorrow, there will certainly must be a lockdown of a number of weeks in Higher Austria, along with our neighboring province Salzburg as of subsequent week,” Higher Austria Governor Thomas Stelzer informed lawmakers on Thursday.

That can imply that not less than two of Austria’s 9 provinces can be in full lockdown mode simply days after the nation created a two-tier society by locking down the roughly two million unvaccinated Austrians.

“We should elevate the vaccination charge. It’s shamefully low,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg mentioned on Sunday, asserting that unvaccinated residents would solely be allowed to go away their properties for “important” functions, equivalent to shopping for groceries or going to a physician’s workplace.

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Police at the moment are doing random checks for proof of vaccination on Austrian streets. These unvaccinated residents who’re discovered to be in violation of the lockdown order face steep fines of as much as 500 euros. Those that refuse to undergo a vaccination standing test should pay about 3 times as a lot.

Stelzer and different Austrian governors are scheduled to satisfy with Schallenberg and Well being Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein on Friday, when a full lockdown will possible be thought-about.

New Covid-19 instances within the nation handed the 15,000 mark for the primary time on Thursday, far surpassing 2020’s every day excessive of 9,586, set when no vaccines have been accessible. Higher Austria and Salzburg have been hit the toughest, placing hospitals vulnerable to mattress shortages. With some 66% of its inhabitants absolutely vaccinated, Austria lags behind different western European international locations by way of the Covid-19 vaccination charge.

Whereas Austria is the primary to impose a lockdown on the unvaccinated, different EU international locations – together with Slovakia, Czechia and Greece – have imposed more and more tight restrictions on individuals who have not taken a Covid vaccine.

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