Austria will put in place drastic measures in the face of the expansion of the coronavirus epidemic on its territory. The country will confine its entire population on Monday, November 22 and has decided to make vaccination compulsory from February 1, thus becoming the first EU state to take such measures in the face of the resurgence of Covid cases. . We have to “face reality”, said Conservative Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg at a press conference in Tyrol, after discussions with all regional governors.
“Despite months of persuasion, we have not been able to convince enough people to get vaccinated,” he said, lamenting the current overload of intensive care units. “Sustainably increasing the vaccination rate is the only way out of this vicious circle,” said Alexander Schallenberg, judging that it was the “exit ticket” from the pandemic. He also announced confinement for a “period of 20 days”.
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In Europe, the pandemic is racing and several countries have announced a tightening of restrictions in recent days, in Sweden, Germany or Greece.
Since Monday already in Austria, the two million unvaccinated people were not allowed to leave their homes except for shopping, sports or for medical care. From now on, the entire population of 8.9 million inhabitants is affected by the measure in this country with a vaccination rate of 66%, slightly below the European average, despite the introduction of a pass sanitary from spring.
The recent government restrictions have led to a marked increase in the number of registrations at vaccination centers. But the number of cases continues to increase, standing at unprecedented levels since the emergence of the pandemic: Thursday, November 18, more than 15,000 new contaminations were recorded.
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