Austria after surge in cases has ordered a complete lockdown again and issued orders of complete vaccination of citizens.
The Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said that the lockdown would last a maximum of 20 days and there would be a legal requirement to get vaccinated from 1 February 2022.
Austrians will be asked to work from home, non-essential shops will close, and schools will remain open for children who require face-to-face learning under special measures. Lockdown will continue until 12 December, but will be reassessed after 10 days.
After meeting governors of Austria’s nine provinces at a resort in the west of the country Schallenberg said, “We don’t want a fifth wave.”
A record 15,809 cases were reported in the past 24 hours on 18 November, in a population of under nine million.
Incidence rate has risen to 1,049.9 cases per 100,000 people in the last week according to latest figures while imposing a lockdown was the ‘last resort’, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said.
The Europe regional director of the World Health Organization, Hans Kluge has warned of a hard winter ahead. Insufficient vaccination coverage along with ‘the easing of preventive measures cause spread of the more transmissible Delta variant” Said Hans Kluge.
Russia is also under fifth wave of Covid-19 as it declared a record number of 1,254 Covid deaths in the past 24 hours on 18 November for the third day in a row.
The Australian govt has also announced a full lockdown on unvaccinated citizens and has imposed full national Covid-19 lockdown starting on Monday 15, November 2021.
Hungary reported its highest level of infections – with 11,289 new cases in a population of 10 million. A third booster jab will be made mandatory for health workers from Saturday, along with masks in most enclosed spaces.
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