World Austrians enjoy final day before impending lockdown
Austrians heading for lockdown for unvaccinated
The measures comes as record infections are reported in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.Upper Austria province will impose restrictions from Monday if it gets the go-ahead from the federal government. Salzburg faces similar measures.
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 ofinfections.
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.
Austria set to impose nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated
The Austrian government will meet over the weekend with plans to implement a nationwide lockdown on unvaccinated people, after already setting in place such measures in two regionsChancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Friday that he and regional leaders would get together on Sunday to discuss the plans, and that "The aim is very clear: that we give the green light this Sunday for a nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated," the Associated Press reported.
Restaurants and most shops will close, and larger events will be canceled. Schools and nurseries will remain open, but parents are encouraged to keep their children at home.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg also announced Friday that Austria will introduce a vaccine mandate as of Feb. 1. The details of how the mandate will work aren't yet clear.
Austria to go into full lockdown as Covid surges
Days after it imposed a lockdown on the unvaccinated, it announces a full lockdown from Monday.Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said it would last at least 10 days and there would be a legal requirement to get vaccinated from 1 February 2022.
In an interview published Sunday in the newspaper Kurier, Schallenberg said it’s “sad” the government had to resort to a mandate in order to ensure that enough people get vaccinated.
Just under 66% of Austria’s 8.9 million population are fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe.
Of the impending lockdown, Schallenberg said he and other officials had hoped this summer that such restrictions would no longer be necessary, and that it was a tough decision to impose a new lockdown also on vaccinated people.
“That people’s freedoms need to be restricted again is, believe me, also difficult for me to bear,” he said.
Thousands expected to protest upcoming lockdown in Vienna
VIENNA (AP) — Thousands of protesters were expected to gather in Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown to contain the quickly rising coronavirus infections in the country. The far-right opposition Freedom Party is among those who have called for the protest and vowed to combat the new restrictions. Demonstrations against virus measures are also expected in other European countries including Switzerland, Croatia and Italy. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Police officers check the vaccination status of visitors during a patrol on a Christmas market in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.
The new measures, especially the vaccine mandate, have been met with fierce opposition among some in the country. Ain the capital city of Vienna drew 40,000 people, according to police, including members of far-right parties and groups.
On Saturday, Austria reported 15,297 new infections, after a week in which daily cases topped 10,000. Hospitals, especially those in the hardest hit regions of Salzburg and Upper Austria, are overwhelmed as the number of coronavirus patients rises in intensive care units.
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Austrian lockdown extended through Dec 11 as planned .
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. 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. © Provided by Associated Press Public spaces are empty due to the lockdown in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.