Austria has imposed a national COVID-19 lockdown starting from Monday, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said on Friday. The decision comes as the country is suffering from a massive fourth wave of infections.
“Starting Monday, a national lockdown will take effect for a maximum of 20 days. Every 10 days an assessment will be made. It will automatically end no later than December 13th, from that day the lockdown will end for vaccinated and recovered patients,” the chancellor told a press conference.
Schallenberg also announced that a mandatory vaccination campaign against coronavirus will start in Austria from February 1, 2022. “Today we have made a very difficult decision – to introduce compulsory vaccination very quickly, it should be in effect as early as February 1, 2022,” he said.
Since November 15, a lockdown has been in effect in the country for those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Nevertheless, the epidemiological situation continues to deteriorate – the daily incidence regularly breaks records, the intensive care units are on the verge of being overloaded with COVID-19 patients.
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