Austrian region imposes lockdown for unvaccinated

An Austrian region has announced strict measures solely for unvaccinated people, as the country grapples with surging cases of coronavirus.

From Monday, anyone in Upper Austria who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will only be allowed to leave their homes to work, buy groceries or for emergencies, reports Die Presse.

The region has the among highest levels of vaccine hesitancy in the country, but the move could be a sign of things to come for the rest of Austria. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg warned on Thursday that similar national restrictions could be days away.

A further 19 patients were admitted to intensive care on Thursday, bringing the total to 432, reported Der Standard. The country’s hospitals are under immense pressure to care for sick patients, as intensive care bed capacity and resources near their limits.

Latest figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control show that in Austria 73.7 percent of adults are fully vaccinated, equating to 63.4 percent of the total population.

While many countries in Europe have introduced COVID passes — to prove vaccination, recovery or a recent negative test — to participate in society like eating at a restaurant, Upper Austria’s new restrictions on unvaccinated people alone are likely to be hotly opposed by civil liberties groups.



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