the essential Austria awaits the green light from parliament on Sunday for the confinement of unvaccinated or unhealed people from Covid – 19.
A “shamefully low” vaccination rate
The regional state of Upper Austria and the city-state of Salzburg, which have experienced some of the highest contamination rates, have already introduced this containment from Monday. For the measure to apply across the country, it will need to be approved by parliament and a meeting of regional heads of government over the weekend.
The Minister of Health, Wolfgang Mueckstein, also announced Friday that he would order compulsory vaccination of health personnel. Some 64% of the population received both doses of vaccine in Austria, which is lower than the European average of 67% . Alexander Schallenberg called the vaccination rate “disgracefully low”. To date, more than 11 640 people infected with the novel coronavirus have died in the country of 9.8 million ‘residents.