Austria goes into full Covid-19 lockdown as cases surge

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Alexander Schallenberg, aystria, covid-19, lockdown

Breaking news: Austria is the first country in Europe to reimpose a full Covid-19 lockdown as cases surge. The full lockdown comes two days after some two million people who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 were placed under lockdown to tackle the new wave of infections.

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said “We are not taking this step lightly, but unfortunately it is necessary.” Continuing he said that “the restrictions will be reassessed after 10 days”. Speaking at a a news conference following the meeting ofthe governors of the country’s nine provinces at a resort in western Austria, he said “We don’t want a fifth wave.”

At the same conferenced he announced that in addition to the full Covid-19 lockdown, as  from February 1 it will become mandatory to be vaccinated against the virus. Currently unvaccinated people are not allowed to leave their home other than for essential purposes such as to buy food and to go to work.

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Austria has recorded more than 15,000 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the World Health Organisation.


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