From left: Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehmer; Chancellor Alexander Schellenberg; And the country’s health minister, Wolfgang Mückstein, said during an announcement this Sunday (14) that people not vaccinated against COVID would have to be confined until this Monday (15) – Photo: Georg Hochmuth/APA/AFP
People who have not been vaccinated or who have recently recovered from COVID-19 Austria A confinement will follow from Monday (15) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, announced chancellor Alexander Schalenberg on Sunday.
“The situation is serious” […], We have not taken the measure lightly, but unfortunately it is necessary,” Alexander Schellenberg said at a news conference in Vienna.
About 65% of the population received two doses of the vaccine in Austria, which is one percent below the European average (67%) and far from countries such as Spain (79%) and France (75%).
Schellenberg considered the index “embarrassingly low” when announcing it this Friday (12), containment plan,
People affected by this measure will not be able to leave their homes except to shop, practice physical activities or seek medical care. This imprisonment would apply to all those over the age of 12 who have not been vaccinated (or who have recently been infected).
An unannounced inquiry will be conducted.
Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said the government would assess the consequences of the restrictions within ten days, who urged hesitants to accept the vaccine as soon as possible. Also on Friday he announced that he would implement compulsory vaccination for health professionals.
Confinement at the national level must be approved by parliament this Sunday afternoon – it is considered just a simple formality. For the measure to be implemented nationwide, the standard must be approved by parliament and regional government authorities.
The states of Upper Austria and Salzburg, which record the worst numbers of contagions, began enforcing confinement on Monday of last week.
This Saturday (13), Austria counted more than 13,000 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number since the start of the pandemic in the country, which has just over 9.8 million residents.
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