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World Austrian lockdown extended through Dec 11 as planned

11:06  01 december  2021
11:06  01 december  2021 Source:   msn.com

Austrians enjoy final day before impending lockdown

  Austrians enjoy final day before impending lockdown VIENNA (AP) — Austrians were enjoying a last day out in coffeehouses and at Christmas markets Sunday before the government imposes a nationwide lockdown to combat a growing fourth wave of coronavirus infections. The measures, which take effect Monday and are expected to last for a maximum of 20 days but will be reevaluated after 10, require people to stay home apart from basic reasons like getting groceries, going to the doctor and exercising. © Provided by Associated Press People sit at an outdoor cafe on a street decorated with Christmas lights in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

An Austrian parliamentary committee on Tuesday, as widely expected, approved a decree extending the country's COVID-19 lockdown by 10 days, bringing its total duration to 20 days, which the government has said is the longest it will last. The main committee of Austria 's lower house of parliament, which is responsible for vetting certain major government decisions, approved the lockdown extension through Dec . 11 , parliament said in a statement.

VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian parliamentary committee on Tuesday, as widely expected, approved a decree extending the country’s COVID-19 lockdown by 10 days, bringing its total duration to 20 days, which the government has said is the longest it will last. Faced with surging daily coronavirus infections, the conservative-led government introduced the lockdown on Monday of last The main committee of Austria ’s lower house of parliament, which is responsible for vetting certain major government decisions, approved the lockdown extension through Dec . 11 , parliament said in a statement.

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's lockdown has officially been extended until Dec. 11 as planned amid signs that the measures are helping to bring down a sky-high coronavirus infection rate.

Due to the lockdown, restaurants are closed and seats are blocked off in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner) © Provided by Associated Press Due to the lockdown, restaurants are closed and seats are blocked off in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner)

A parliamentary committee signed off Tuesday on the extension of the country's fourth national lockdown of the pandemic, which started on Nov. 22, the Austria Press Agency reported. That was necessary because some lockdown measures can only be ordered for 10 days at a time.

Fact check: Image shows 1991 protest in Moscow, not anti-lockdown demonstration in Vienna

  Fact check: Image shows 1991 protest in Moscow, not anti-lockdown demonstration in Vienna An image of a 1991 gathering in Moscow has been misrepresented on social media as a protest in Vienna against COVID-19 restrictions.When Austria, announced on Nov. 19 that it would impose a nationwide lockdown and mandate COVID-19 vaccinations to prevent a fifth wave of the pandemic, a photo of a large outdoor gathering went viral on Facebook.

Austrian chancellor defends 'drastic' vaccine mandate. (CNN) Austria is going back into a national lockdown and plans to become the first country in Europe to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for all eligible people as the nation's coronavirus crisis deepens, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced Friday. The national lockdown -- the first in Europe this fall -- starts Monday and will last for 10 days minimum, and could be extended for a further 10 days, Schallenberg told reporters at a news conference in Vienna. "We don't want a fifth wave.

Austria ’s chancellor says there is no reason the entire country should lock down “out of solidarity” for those unvaccinated against Covid-19. In Victoria, Australia, citizens were allowed to emerge from a lockdown Oct. 29 if they were fully vaccinated. It’s expected that the restrictions on the unvaccinated will remain in place through 2022, The Guardian says. In New South Wales, lockdowns were lifted on Oct.

Public spaces are empty due to the lockdown in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner) © Provided by Associated Press Public spaces are empty due to the lockdown in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner)

There is one significant change: essential shops that so far were allowed to open until 9 p.m. will have to close by 7 p.m. starting Thursday. And the rules now allow explicitly for the sale of Christmas trees.

The government imposed lockdown as COVID-19 deaths rose and hospitals in hard-hit regions warned that intensive care units were reaching capacity. Austria also pledged to be the first European country to mandate vaccines beginning Feb. 1.

Under the lockdown, people can leave their homes only for specific reasons, including buying groceries, going to the doctor or exercising. Day care centers and schools remained open for those who need them, but parents were asked to keep children at home if possible.

in Austria start with some ski resorts in the season

 in Austria start with some ski resorts in the season A series of Austrian ski resorts wants to start his lifts in spite of Lockdown. So it is called in Kitzbühel «Piste free» as soon as the snow conditions allow how the Austrian news agency Apa reported. © Bernhard Warrior / DPA-TMN A number of Austrian ski resorts will soon start his lifts despite the Lockdown. In the Axamer Lizum near Innsbruck, the ski operation will start delay on 3 December at a week. At the Arlberg, the further procedure was not fixed yet.

VIENNA (REUTERS) - An Austrian parliamentary committee on Tuesday (Nov 30), as widely expected, approved a decree extending the country's Covid-19 lockdown by 10 days, bringing its total duration to 20 days, which the government has said is the longest it will last. The main committee of Austria 's lower house of parliament, which is responsible for vetting certain major government decisions, approved the lockdown extension through Dec 11 , parliament said in a statement. The conservative People's Party and the left-wing Greens, which together form Austria 's governing coalition, backed

Austria imposed a lockdown on people unvaccinated against the coronavirus on Monday as winter approaches and infections rise across Europe, with Germany considering tighter curbs and Britain expanding its booster programme to younger adults. "My aim is very clear: to get the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, not to lock up the unvaccinated," Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told ORF radio as he explained the lockdown , which was announced on Sunday.

Due to the lockdown, shops and restaurants are all closed and a person does ‚Window Shopping' in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner) © Provided by Associated Press Due to the lockdown, shops and restaurants are all closed and a person does ‚Window Shopping' in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner)

What happens after Dec. 11 will depend on the situation then, but officials say lockdown restrictions will remain for the unvaccinated. Austria has a relatively low vaccination rate for Western Europe, with just under 67% of the population fully vaccinated.

Due to the lockdown, there are no people at the campus of the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner) © Provided by Associated Press Due to the lockdown, there are no people at the campus of the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner)

The country's seven-day infection rate has begun to decline. It stood at 894.2 cases per 100,000 residents on Tuesday, down from more than 1,100 on the day the lockdown started.

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Cases soar but Swiss eschew lockdown as COVID law vote looms

  Cases soar but Swiss eschew lockdown as COVID law vote looms GENEVA (AP) — Like many others in Europe, Switzerland is facing a steep rise in coronavirus cases. But its federal government, unlike others, hasn’t responded with new restrictive measures. Analysts say it doesn't want to stir up more opposition to its anti-COVID-19 policies, which face a crucial test at the ballot box this weekend as critics have grown increasingly loud. On Sunday, as part of the country’s regular referendums, Swiss voters will cast ballots about the so-called “COVID-19 law” that has unlocked billions of Swiss francs (dollars) in aid for workers and businesses hit by the pandemic.

VIENNA, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Austria is days away from placing millions of people not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on lockdown , as daily infections are at a record high and intensive-care units are increasingly strained, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said on Thursday. "According to the incremental plan we actually have just days until we have to introduce the lockdown for unvaccinated people," Schallenberg told a news conference, adding that Austria 's vaccination rate is "shamefully low".

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced a full lockdown in Austria at a press conference Friday. In addition, vaccinations will be mandatory from February 1 of next year. Around two-thirds of Austria 's population are fully vaccinated, making it one of the lowest rates in western Europe. Demand has increased in recent days after an initial lockdown just for the unvaccinated went into effect earlier this week. Also earlier in the week, Vienna became the first in the EU to begin vaccinating children aged five to 11 .

Empty gondola cabins move up and down during a test run in the ski resort of Fulpmes near Innsbruck, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (Photo/Michael Probst) © Provided by Associated Press Empty gondola cabins move up and down during a test run in the ski resort of Fulpmes near Innsbruck, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (Photo/Michael Probst) Two people walk by closed Christmas markets and shops due to the lockdown in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner) © Provided by Associated Press Two people walk by closed Christmas markets and shops due to the lockdown in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner)

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