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Austria imposes full lockdown and mandatory Covid-19 vaccination

Austria will impose a full lockdown and make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory as cases and hospitalisations rise.

The lockdown will take effect from Monday, while vaccination against Covid-19 will be mandatory from February 1st of next year.

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The lockdown will initially last 20 days, with a review taking place after 10 days.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said: “Despite months of persuasion, we have not succeeded in convincing enough people to get vaccinated.”

“Sustainably increasing the vaccination rate is the only way to get out of this vicious circle.”

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He further blamed those who have not been vaccinated for an “attack on the health system”.

People will be no longer permitted to leave their houses, unless it is for essential reasons – such as going to work, shopping or exercising.

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

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