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Austria reimposes full lockdown, plans to make Covid-19 vaccines compulsory

Austria will turn into the primary nation in western Europe to reimpose a full coronavirus lockdown this autumn to deal with a brand new wave of infections, and would require its entire inhabitants to be vaccinated as of February, its authorities stated on Friday.

Roughly two-thirds of Austria’s inhabitants is totally vaccinated towards Covid-19, one of many lowest charges in western Europe. Its infections are among the many highest on the continent, with a seven-day incidence of 991 per 100,000 individuals.

Austria launched a lockdown for all those that have been unvaccinated on Monday however since then infections have continued to set new information.

The 2 worst-hit provinces, Salzburg and Higher Austria, stated on Thursday they’d introduce their very own lockdowns, elevating stress on the federal government to do the identical nationally.

“We’ve not succeeded in convincing sufficient individuals to get vaccinated,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg instructed a news convention, saying the lockdown would begin on Monday and the requirement to be vaccinated on Feb. 1.

“It hurts that such measures nonetheless must be taken.”

With chilly climate setting in throughout Europe as winter approaches, governments have been pressured to think about reimposing unpopular lockdowns. The Netherlands has reimposed a partial lockdown, with bars and eating places closing at 8 p.m.

The difficulty has additionally deepened a rift between Schallenberg’s conservatives and their coalition companion, the left-wing Greens. Schallenberg stated solely days in the past that he didn’t need to impose further restrictions on the unvaccinated, whilst Well being Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein referred to as for a nighttime curfew.

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