Austria confines the entire population and decrees mandatory vaccination due to the rebound in COVID

The Austrian authorities have decided this Friday to extend the confinement to the entire population from Monday to stop the increase in COVID cases. The measure will last at least ten days, but could last 20 if necessary, according to various media. The authorities have also decided mandatory vaccination from February 2022 of all residents of the country.

“The citizens will have to assume new restrictions there have been too many that have been unsupportive. I ask them to continue the measures and to reduce the contacts,” said Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg.

Salzburg and Upper Austria, the two regions where the vaccination rate is lowest and where the incidence of infections is highest and the risk of collapse of the health system, had already announced a general lockdown.

Cases are skyrocketing to levels that exceed the worst waves yet, and the infection rate is among the highest on the continent. Deaths are also on the rise, but at a lower rate so far than last fall’s peak, the highest so far.

The comparatively low level of immunization against COVID-19, 65% – compared to its Western European neighbors – has been described as “shameful” by the Government itself.

The Austrian authorities had been putting pressure on those reluctant to get vaccinated for several weeks. First, prohibiting those who are not vaccinated or healed from going to gastronomy, leisure or beauty shops. Then, since last Monday, with a controversial confinement only for the unimmunized.

In the two weeks that the restrictions have been applied to non-vaccinated people, the number of first doses has grown by 3.4%, doubling the rate of the previous two weeks, according to EFE.

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