The Government of Austria has decided this Sunday to implement new social restrictions exclusively for people not vaccinated or not cured of COVID-19 as of next midnight. These citizens must remain at home except to go to work or run small errands, the same measures that were proposed in previous confinements. Children under the age of twelve are excluded and schools will function normally, as reported by Kronen Zeitung.
“The situation is serious. The fourth wave (of the pandemic) affects us fully. This is due to the delta variant (of the virus) but it is also due to the low vaccination rate,” Federal Chancellor Alexander told the press. Schallenberg.
The measure is a “minimum”, as explained Schallenberg, who has insisted that federal states may impose “stricter restrictions.” The Federal Chancellor stressed that the situation has forced him to make these “drastic” decisions: “We are not taking this step lightly, but unfortunately it is necessary.”
These restrictions, explains Kronen Zeitung, have to be confirmed in the main committee of the National Council this Sunday evening. Austria is one of the Western European countries with the least vaccinated, only 65% of the adult population.
The rebound in cases in Europe is already equal to the levels of last winter, according to elDiario.es’s analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, based largely on tests carried out. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the European continent is once again the epicenter of the pandemic and its representative for the region has anticipated a “harsh winter” due to the strong increase in infections driven.
As explained by the WHO, the increase in infections is due to the relaxation of measures, more interaction indoors due to the arrival of cold and sometimes insufficient vaccination coverage. The European branch of the organization estimates another half a million deaths with COVID-19 for February 1 of next year following the current trajectory, with 43 of the 53 countries in the region facing hospital pressure “between high and extreme “at some point in the same period.