Austria Announces Fourth National Lockdown and Compulsory Vaccination

Austria will again go into national lockdown, whiule Germany is not ruling out a similar measure as Europe grapples with a severe wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg declared on Friday that the country will resume a complete national lockdown in order to contain the fourth wave of coronavirus illnesses.

Schallenberg stated that the lockdown will begin on Monday and last for 10 days. The majority of stores will close, and cultural activities will be canceled.

The country’s Health Minister, Wolfgang Mueckstein, stated that schools would stay open for those who required them, but that all parents would be advised to keep their children at home if possible.

Vaccinations will also be made mandatory in the country from February 1.

After 10 days, the new lockdown’s impact will be evaluated. If the number of instances has not decreased significantly, it can be prolonged for a maximum of 20 days.

Austria, with a population of 8.9 million people, has one of Western Europe’s lowest immunization rates.

According to Schallenberg, compulsory vaccination will fall under administrative rather than criminal legislation in Austria, but attorneys are still working out the details. 

This implies that beginning in February, people may be required to provide proof of vaccination in order to cross fundamental bureaucratic barriers such as enrolling in school and utilizing public facilities.

Around the last seven days, the nation has recorded over 10,000 new infection cases every day. Hospitals have been swamped by the influx of new COVID-19 patients, and fatalities have begun to rise again.

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