As Covid-19 cases continue to rise throughout Western Europe, Austria is considering imposing a lockdown for unvaccinated individuals.
This comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that Covid-19 deaths rose by 10% in Europe in the past week, saying that the continent was “back at the epicentre of the pandemic”.
Although the majority of nations in Western Europe have vaccination rates over 60%, there is still a significant proportion of populations that are unvaccinated.
Experts believe that their are other ways to control the virus other than lockdowns with the chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh Devi Sridhar stating, “I think the era of locking people up in their homes is over because we now have tools to control Covid – the testing, vaccines and therapeutics”.
However, Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said that he wants a nationwide lockdown to be imposed on unvaccinated individuals.
It’s understood that the new rule will take effect with a four-week transition phase to incentivise people to get vaccinated.
During a press conference, Schallenberg stated, “The aim is clear, we want on Sunday to give the green light for a nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated”.
“No one wants to split the society, but it is our responsibility to protect the people in our country.”
With a population of nearly nine million people, Austria recorded 9,300 new cases today, which is a new record for this year.
IMAGE – “AM Alexander Schallenberg Trauerfeier IA” (CC BY 2.0) by Österreichisches Außenministerium/”Delaware National Guard” by The National Guard is licensed under CC BY 2.0