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Austria enters national lockdown as Covid-19 hospitalisations rise

Austria has entered a nationwide lockdown as Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations rise.

The measures require people to remain at home, except for essential reasons – such as shopping for groceries or excercising.

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Restaurants and most shops will close and larger events are cancelled.

The lockdown is said to last for a maximum of 20 days until December 13th, but will be re-evaluated after 10 days.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg further announced that the country will impose a Covid-19 vaccine mandate from February 1st 2022.

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Just under 66% of Austria’s 8.9 million people are fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in western Europe.

Hospitals and intensive care units are overwhelmed in the nation, particularly in the hardest hit regions of Salzburg and upper Austria.

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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