Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg has announced that the nation will be reimposing a full lockdown and introduce mandatory vaccines, making it the first country in the EU to take such strict measures.
Initially, a lockdown for the unvaccinated was imposed earlier in the week, however, a full lockdown will now be imposed with Schallenberg stating, “Despite months of persuasion, we have not succeeded in convincing enough people to get vaccinated”.
The lockdown, which will come into effect from Monday, means people will no longer be allowed to leave their house with the exception of essential shopping or exercising.
This lockdown will be evaluated after ten days.
With 66% of the population fully vaccinated, slightly below the EU average of 67%, infections have continued to rise with 15,000 new cases being reported yesterday.
Mandatory vaccines are planned to be implemented from the 1st of February next year.
IMAGE – “AM Alexander Schallenberg Trauerfeier IA” (CC BY 2.0) by Österreichisches Außenministerium/”201214-D-BN624-0811″ (CC BY 2.0) by U.S. Secretary of Defense