Covid-19: why has Austria confined its entire population?

the essential Austria will confine its entire population, including vaccinated people, from this Monday 22 November. Such a measure had been taken at the beginning of the week for the unvaccinated. At the same time, the Chancellor introduced compulsory vaccination from February.

From this Monday 22 November, Austria will confine its entire population, a few days after taking a similar measure for unvaccinated people, thus becoming the first country in the ‘EU to take such a step in the face of the resurgence of Covid cases.

Conservative Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg also announced the introduction of compulsory vaccination from February 1, at a press conference in Tyrol, after discussions with all regional governors.

A “shamefully low” vaccination rate

Since this Monday 15 November, the country had already confined people who were not vaccinated on its territory, to stem the new wave of contaminations which hit the country.

Austria faces surge in new cases, highest since the start of the pandemic – 12 per day on average in this country of 8.9 million inhabitants. “The only chance to get out of this vicious circle is to increase the vaccination rate”, which is “shamefully low” (65% to date), insisted Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg . “I want to get the unvaccinated to be vaccinated and not to lock up the vaccinated,” he added, brushing aside accusations of discrimination or infringement of fundamental rights.

“The countries which confine the unvaccinated are those which have not set up the pass. This measure is therefore not necessary in France” detailed this Friday morning the President of the Republic in the columns of La Voix du Nord .

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