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  • Covid -19: Austria to go into full lockdown

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said it would last a maximum of 20 days and there would be a legal requirement to get vaccinated from 1 February 2022.

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He was responding to record case numbers and one of the lowest vaccination levels in Western Europe.

Many other European countries are imposing restrictions as cases rise.

"We don't want a fifth wave," said Mr Schallenberg after meeting the governors of Austria's nine provinces at a resort in the west of the country.

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For a long time, there had been a consensus over avoiding mandatory vaccinations, the chancellor said.

Latest figures show an incidence rate of 990.7 cases per 100,000 people in the past week, and Health Minister Wolfgang M├╝ckstein said imposing a lockdown was a "last resort".

A record 15,809 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, in a population of under nine million.


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Under the measures, Austrians will be asked to work from home, non-essential shops will close, and schools will remain open for children who require face-to-face learning.

They will continue until 12 December, but will be reassessed after 10 days.

Esther Solaja


posted 2021-11-19 13:08:57

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