Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schellenberg said on Friday that the country will enter a national lockdown starting Monday that will last at least 10 days in an effort to stave off a fourth wave of coronavirus cases.
why it matters: It is the first European country to re-enter lockdown since spring. Deep skepticism about vaccines among many Austrians has led to a rise in cases in the country.
By numbers: The country has reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases in the last seven days, which has overwhelmed hospitals AP,
- Of the population of 8.9 million, only 65% are fully vaccinated.
What are they saying: “We haven’t been able to persuade enough people to get vaccinated,” Schellenberg said, according to a translation from Reuters, “It is a pity that such measures still have to be taken.”
- “Many of us have not shown enough solidarity. I ask you all to help. Participate, support these measures, let us try to reduce our social contacts to a maximum of 20 days so that Have a safe Christmas holidays.” ,
big picture: The country initially introduced a lockdown for people who have not been fully vaccinated this week, though cases continued to rise.
- All schools and most stores will remain closed and all cultural programs will be canceled during the lockdown starting Monday.
- The government also announced that it would make vaccination mandatory from February 1, according to the AP.
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