Austria to impose full COVID lockdown


Austria says it will impose a full COVID-19 lockdown to tackle a new wave of infections from Monday.

The Western European country is also making COVID vaccination compulsory for all residents.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said it would last a maximum of 20 days and there would be a legal requirement to get vaccinated from 1 February 2022

“We have not succeeded in convincing enough people to get vaccinated,” chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said.

“We don’t want a fifth wave,” said Schallenberg added after meeting the governors of Austria’s nine provinces at a resort in the west of the country.

For a long time, there had been a consensus over avoiding mandatory vaccinations, the chancellor said.

However, too many people had been incited not to get the jab, because of “too many political forces, flimsy vaccination opponents and fake news”, he added. The measures are yet to be finalised.1px transparent lineUnder the measures, Austrians will be asked to work from home, non-essential shops will close, and schools will remain open for children who require face-to-face learning. They will continue until 12 December, but will be reassessed after 10 days.

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