US News Covid: Austria confines, anger rages in Europe

10:15  22 november  2021
10:15  22 november  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

COVID-19: Austria is prepared to confine the non-vaccinated

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  Covid: l'Autriche se confine, la colère gronde en Europe © Apa / AFP

D Epuis Midnight, Monday, Austria is officially confined, a radical measure that has awakened anger this weekend in the country Alpine, as in Belgium or the Netherlands where the return of anti-COVID restrictions 19 have caused clashes.

Vienna, again dead town. Shops, restaurants, Christmas markets, concerts or hairdressers fall the curtain: with the exception of schools, the capital and the rest of the territory wake up on Monday in silence.

Since the provision of vaccines to the greatest number, no country in the European Union had dared to take the plunge.

As in previous confines, the 8.9 million Austrians have, on paper, the prohibition of exiting except for shopping, sports or for medical care.

Coronavirus: the point on the pandemic in the world

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It is also possible to go to the office and deposit children at school but the authorities have called upon keeping them home.


The scenario was still unthinkable a few weeks ago.

The ex-Chancellor Conservative, Sebastian Kurz, had decreed the "finished" pandemic, at least for vaccinated.

Arrived in October, his successor Alexander Schallenberg "did not want to contradict this message and has long maintained the fiction" that everything was well, comments the Politologist Thomas Hofer, interviewed by AFP.

Video: Covid-19: Austria tighten the screw around the non-vaccinated (dailymotion)

Faced with the flight of cases that have reached unpublished levels since the beginning of the pandemic, it first targeted The non-vaccinated, banning them from public places and imposing their exit restrictions. The vaccination rate is "shamefully low" (66%, compared with 75% in France, for example), he drew on several occasions.

COVID-19: The incidence rate in France returns above 100, a first for two months

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Before resolving "radical" measures that he originally excluded. In addition to this containment provided until December 13, the vaccination of the adult population will become mandatory on February 1, 2022, which very few countries in the world have established so far.

"It's a real chaos," says Hofer, denouncing "lack of government's clear strategy".

"I was hoping that we would not get there, especially now that we have the vaccine. It's dramatic," says Andreas Schneider, a 31-year-old economist with AFP in a shopping street from Vienna just after the announcements Friday of the government.

Massive mobilization

The reaction was quick: Saturday, while a crowd of Austrian drank a last hot wine or did their shopping before the closing of the shops, about 40,000 people went down the street to shout at the " dictatorship ", to the call of the far-right party FPÖ.

alongside "worried citizens", others "radicalize", has alarmed Sunday the Minister of the Interior Karl NEHAMMER. The next day, in Linz (North), another gathering mobilized thousands of protesters.

protest in Vienna against mandatory vaccination

 protest in Vienna against mandatory vaccination The personal restrictions brought new corona requirements drive the Austrians on the road. In Vienna and elsewhere there were rallies. © Lisa Leutner / AP / picture alliance Provided by German wave Before there is a nationwide lockdown for all on Monday, tens of thousands of people have gathered to protest in Austria. In the capital Vienna, there were around 30,000 people according to estimates of the police.

elsewhere in Europe, again the epicenter of the CVIV-19 epidemic, the number of contamination also climbs, the measures are returning and frustrations burst.

For the third consecutive evening, troubles broke out in the Netherlands Sunday. Protesters have shot fireworks and caused many damage in the cities of Enschede, near the border with Germany, Groningen and Leeuwarden north and Tilburg in the south.

These last events were nevertheless less intense than the violence that broke out in Rotterdam Friday and Hague Saturday. The number of arrests over the three days of events amounts to 145, according to the police and the local media.

The government has sparked wrath by reintroducing partial confinement, with a series of sanitary restrictions, including the catering sector, which must close at 8:00 pm. He now plans to ban certain places to the non-vaccinated to try to stop the wave of contamination.

A Brussels also, clashes enamelled Sunday the gathering of some 35,000 protesters, according to the police, opposed to new measures. Belgium has announced the generalization of the port of the mask and also wants to make teleworking mandatory for jobs that allow it to stop the strong rebound of the epidemic in the country.

And in the French department of Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, the dispute of the immunization obligation for caregivers degenerated in the social crisis of magnitude. Police reinforcements have arrived after a night from Saturday to Sunday again enamelled with violence, between roadblocks, fires and looting.


22/11/2021 06:36:01 - Vienna (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

COVID-19: Mandatory vaccination makes its way to Germany .
© Reuters / Markus Schreiber Excellent a few weeks ago, compulsory vaccination is no longer removed by the German government. Reuters / Markus Schreiber A few weeks ago was out of order. Germany did not "intend" to move on to "mandatory vaccination", still showed its leaders on July 13th. "I do not think we can gain trust that we said," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel . Since this summer, the situation has changed.

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