Austrian chancellor threatens lockdown for unvaccinated

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Chancellor Alexander Schalenberg said unaffiliated people in Austria could face new lockdown restrictions if coronavirus case numbers continue to rise.

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The news came after a Friday evening meeting between Schellenberg and state-level leaders to discuss their response to the rapidly rising number of cases.

“The pandemic is not in the rearview mirror yet,” Schalenberg said. “We are about to stumble into an epidemic of no vaccinations.”


Schalenberg announced that if the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units reaches 500, or 25% of the country’s total ICU capacity, entry to businesses such as restaurants and hotels will be limited to those who have been vaccinated Or have recovered from the virus.

If that number reaches 600, or a third of the total ICU capacity, the government plans to ban unvaccinated people. In this case, they will be allowed to step out of their homes only for specific reasons.

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At present, the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU is 220.

In the past week, Austria has recorded 20,408 new cases of the virus, bringing the seven-day average to 228.5 per 100,000 residents, according to health officials. A week earlier, the figure was 152.5 per 100,000 residents.

Although the Austrian government has encouraged citizens to get vaccinated, efforts have slowed in recent months. About 65.4% of the total population have received a single dose of the vaccine, and 62.2% are fully vaccinated.


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