Austria to target unvaccinated in new lockdown

Austria will confine unvaccinated adults and minors over the age of 11 to their homes as part of a targeted lockdown, lawmakers said on ...


Austria will confine unvaccinated adults and minors over the age of 11 to their homes as part of a targeted lockdown, lawmakers said on Sunday.

This decision, which aims to calm the worst wave of infections the country has faced since the start of the pandemic, would be one of the first national blockages directed against the unvaccinated.

“We are not taking this step lightly,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said at a press conference on Sunday.

From Monday, those who cannot prove that they are either fully vaccinated or immune to a past infection can only leave their homes for essential reasons, such as going to the doctor or running essential errands.

Karl Nehammer, the country’s Home Secretary, announced sweeping police measures, such as checking vaccination records, and outlined some of the fines people would face if they were caught breaking the rules.

Austria currently records an average of 10,395 cases per day, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Less than 65% of the country is fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in the European Union.

The new confinement, which comes a week later an announcement that most companies were required to check customers for proof of vaccination or immunity, is essentially aimed at keeping the estimated two million unvaccinated Austrians off the streets as cases rise.

Outside the Vienna Chancellery on Sunday, where Schallenberg, his Home Secretary and Health Minister announced the new restrictions, a crowd gathered to protest.

The country’s parliament meets on Sunday afternoon to approve the rules, but the vote is a formality as the ruling parties support it and have the votes to pass it.

Several lawmakers had called for a blanket lockdown to bring the numbers down, but the country’s health minister stressed on Sunday that while global infections were on the rise, infections among those vaccinated were actually declining.

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