Covid-19: a green light for the containment of the unvaccinated in Austria expected on Sunday

the essential Austria awaits the green light from parliament on Sunday for the confinement of unvaccinated or unhealed people from Covid – 19.

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced on Friday 12 November that he was awaiting the green light from parliament on Sunday for the confinement of people who had not been vaccinated or had not recovered from the coronavirus nationally, as the country faces a rapid increase in cases. “The objective is clear: we want to give the green light to national containment for unvaccinated people on Sunday,” Alexander Schallenberg said at a press conference, without specifying the date of entry into force of the measure .

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.

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