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Austria announces national lockdown as Covid cases surge


Austrian police check the identity of a man during a surveillance in Voesendorf (district Moedling), Austria on November 16, 2021.

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Austria will go into a fourth lockdown Monday, as Covid-19 case volumes continue to rise.

Unvaccinated citizens are prohibited from leaving their country for any non-essential purpose.

In a press conference held Friday, Alexander Schallenberg, the Chancellor announced that these lockdown measures will be extended to the whole country starting Monday.

Schallenberg indicated that the lockdown would be for no less than twenty days.

He announced, in addition to the above announcement that Covid vaccination will be mandatory starting February 1.

Austria had 15,145 Covid-19 cases on Thursday. This is a record for daily positives.

Austrians have approximately 65% coverage against the disease, which Schallenberg described previously as “shamefully poor”. This country is second in Western Europe, after Liechtenstein.

Austrian Press Agency reports that ministers are still trying to find a solution for the spiraling Covid crisis in Austria.