Unvaccinated persons who haven’t recently had COVID-19 in Austria were put under a “dramatic” lockdown on Monday, one of a series of steps implemented by European countries to restrict the spread of the coronavirus in the area. It is a “dramatic” action, according to Austria’s president.
Unvaccinated Austrians Are Under Lockdown Because COVID Is Recurring
Those 12 and older who have not been vaccinated or who have just recovered from a vaccine are not allowed to leave their homes save for vital chores such as working, food shopping, attending school or university, going for a walk, or becoming immunized.
After November 24, the Alpine country of 8.9 million people will remain under a state of lockdown until further notice. On Monday, the Austrian city of Vienna started giving immunizations to children under 12 as part of a pilot effort and reported a strong level of demand. An increase in police patrols and a punishment of up to 1,450 euros ($1,660) has been announced for anyone who breaks the lockdown.
Schallenberg said that they had not taken this move lightly, and he did not feel it should be toned down by the German radio station Oe1. Approximately 2 million people in this country will be affected by this decision. Unvaccinated people and unvaccinated people themselves are being kept apart as much as possible in order to prevent the spread of disease.
Schallenberg described the immunization rate as “shamefully low” since just around 65 percent of people had received all of their recommended vaccines. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is now required of all students in schools, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated.
Both an increase in infections and a rise in demand on hospitals are a concern to the public health authorities. There were 849.2 new cases per 100,000 people in Austria on Sunday, a rise over the previous seven days. While Germany’s rate of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a seven-day period was the latest in a long series of records, it is much worse than that of its neighboring country.
New restrictions on access to restaurants, theatres, museums, and concerts were imposed in Berlin on Monday, prohibiting unvaccinated individuals who have tested negative for hepatitis A and B from visiting the facilities. Children under the age of 18 are barred from participating in this event.
On Thursday, the German parliament will debate and vote on a new legal framework for coronavirus limits prepared by the parties that are expected to constitute the country’s next government. According to the same sources, plans are reportedly being reinforced to allow for greater contact limitations than originally anticipated.
The three parties expected to be in power at the beginning of next month seem to be planning to impose a vaccine mandate in specific areas, a move that the present government has rejected so far. Germany’s vaccination campaign has stalled, with just slightly more than two-thirds of the population now fully protected. In an effort to increase the number of booster doses delivered, the nation is striving.