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VIENNA — Austria will turn out to be the primary nation in western Europe to reimpose a full Covid-19 lockdown this autumn to sort out a new wave of infections, and order its entire inhabitants to get vaccinated as of February, its authorities mentioned on Friday.
Roughly two-thirds of Austria’s inhabitants is totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, one of many lowest charges in western Europe. Its infections are among the many highest on the continent, with a seven-day incidence of 991 per 100,000 individuals.
Austria launched a lockdown for all those that had been unvaccinated on Monday however since then infections have continued to set new data.
The 2 worst-hit provinces, Salzburg and Higher Austria, mentioned on Thursday they’d introduce their very own lockdowns, elevating strain on the federal government to do the identical nationally.
“Now we have not succeeded in convincing sufficient individuals to get vaccinated,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg advised a information convention, saying the lockdown would begin on Monday and the requirement to be vaccinated on Feb. 1.
“It hurts that such measures nonetheless should be taken.”
With chilly climate setting in throughout Europe as winter approaches, governments have been pressured to contemplate reimposing unpopular lockdowns. The Netherlands has reimposed a partial lockdown, with bars and eating places closing at 8 p.m.
The problem has additionally deepened a rift between Schallenberg’s conservatives and their coalition associate, the left-wing Greens. Schallenberg mentioned solely days in the past that he didn’t need to impose additional restrictions on the unvaccinated, at the same time as Well being Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein referred to as for a nighttime curfew.
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