Austria is extending the lockdown for people who have not had corona shots, Chancellor Karl Nehammer announced. The lockdown for the entire population will end on Sunday after three weeks. Details will be announced later.
Unvaccinated people should only go out for shopping, exercise, work or a visit to a doctor. Nehammer, who took office on Monday, sees the fight against the coronavirus as his main priority.
Austria was faced with a huge increase in the number of infections with the coronavirus last month, which prompted the government to take drastic measures. Initially, there was only a lockdown for unvaccinated people, but the whole country had to go into lockdown a week later. This is because fewer people now test positive for the lung virus than then.
In a country with almost 9 million inhabitants, 66.3 percent of the population has been vaccinated. The government plans to introduce a general vaccination requirement on February 1. Residents are urged to be vaccinated. If you fail to do so, you can be fined up to 7200 euros.