A couple of weeks ago Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg threatened to impose new lockdown restrictions on unvaccinated people.
“The pandemic is not yet in the rearview mirror,” Schallenberg said. “We are about to stumble into a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
On Sunday Schallenberg announced he is placing millions of unvaccinated people on lockdown.
“We must raise the vaccination rate. It is shamefully low,” Schallenberg told a news conference.
According to Reuters, only 65% of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid.
“The lockdown means people over 12 who are neither vaccinated nor recently recovered will not be allowed to leave the house except for reasons such as buying essential supplies, exercise or seeking medical care.” AFP reported.
The lockdown will begin on Monday.
#UPDATES Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg says that a nationwide lockdown would begin Monday for those not vaccinated against Covid-19 or recently recovered, as the EU state fights a record surge in cases https://t.co/55RWWbxQ7R pic.twitter.com/SEwYngJOYG
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) November 14, 2021