Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said during a press conference in Vienna that Austria has to improve its “shamefully low immunisation rate.” “This is not a little step for us. But, alas, it is unavoidable.”
Austria is putting unvaccinated people on lockdown starting Monday, the most drastic measure taken by a Western European country to fight the coronavirus’s latest epidemic.
Last Monday, the number of cases in Europe hit nearly 2 million, the highest number in a single week since the pandemic began. After instances reached record highs, the Netherlands and Latvia have adopted new limitations, while Germany is considering more limits.
Governments throughout the world are frequently looking for plans to force more people to get vaccinated, from placing unvaccinated persons on forced holidays to refusing to pay for their medical care in order to restore things back to normal.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said during a press conference in Vienna that Austria has to improve its “shamefully low immunisation rate.” “This is not a little step for us. But, unfortunately, it is unavoidable.”
Only approximately 65 per cent of Austrians are completely vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe and much below the levels expected to create herd immunity.
Austria’s vaccination rate is far lower than that of its neighbours France and Italy but significantly higher than that of much of Eastern Europe. Only 43% of Slovakians are properly vaccinated, despite the fact that Bratislava is only 50 miles from Vienna.
Austria’s seven-day average of Covid cases has more than doubled this month to moreover 10,000, making it the world’s most infected country. On Saturday, a new high of 13,152 cases was reported.
Austria’s 7-day infection rate of 775 cases per 100,000 people is far higher than Germany’s 289 new cases per 100,000 people, where officials are attempting to limit the virus.
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