Saxony and Austria will discuss tightening coronavirus measures

Updates: 19.11.2021 00:40

Berlin / Vienna – The Saxon government will decide today to impose significant quarantine restrictions for about three weeks. Due to the extremely unfavorable epidemic situation, measures for the unvaccinated against covidid-19 are expected to be tightened. In Austria, the representatives of the Länder will negotiate with Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on a blanket closure.

Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer did not describe the planned restrictions as a lockdown or closure, but compared them to a covid breakwater. The Dresden government is expected to approve restrictions on contact and other restrictions for vaccinated people, who would have to translate a negative coronavirus test for leisure activities.

The current seven-day average of the newly infected per 100,000 inhabitants in Saxony is 761.4, which is roughly double the national value. The federal state on the border with the Czech Republic also has the lowest vaccination coverage in Germany, with 57.6 percent of the population fully vaccinated.

The Austrian governors will discuss the epidemic situation in the country together with Chancellor Schallenberg. Upper Austria and Salzburg – the worst-hit federal states, where a blanket lockdown will take effect for several weeks on Monday – are calling for the introduction of all-Austrian closures due to a growing number of infections. Austrian Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein has so far called for a total ban on night going out, which the chancellor rejects. The government is also discussing the introduction of compulsory vaccination against covid-19.

Austria reported more than 15,000 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, the highest since the country’s pandemic. The seven-day incidence is also on the rise, which now reaches 971 patients per 100,000 inhabitants. Across Austria, severe restrictions have been in place since Monday for people who are not vaccinated against covid-19 or have not recently had the disease.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by

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