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Austria powers down public life as fourth COVID-19 lockdown begins -Breaking

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© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: A police officer checks the status of the shoppers for the coronavirus infection (COVID-19). This was done at Vienna’s entrance on November 16th, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

VIENNA (Reuters – Austria has shut down public life as it begins its fourth National COVID-19 Lockdown. It is the first country in western Europe to reimpose such a drastic, unpopular measure due to coronavirus epidemics.

The lockdown, which is identical to the previous one but first implemented since vaccinations were widely accessible, is very similar. The government states that most places where people meet, such as restaurants, cafes and bars as well as hairdressers, cannot be opened for more than 10 days.

The Christmas market, which is a major draw for tourists, has been closed. However, there may be an emergency change that allows ski lifts to remain open to those who have not yet been vaccinated. However, hotels will close for tourists who are not staying at their properties when lockdown started.

ORF TV, Sunday night: Wolfgang Mueckstein, the Health Minister said that it was a crisis and needed to respond immediately.

To reduce infections, you need to lock down, which is quite a tough technique, using a sledgehammer.

While the Conservative-led Government imposed a quarantine on all unvaccinated persons last week, the daily incidences of infections continued to climb far higher than the year before. ICU beds are scarce.

Friday’s announcement by the government was that they would be imposing a lockdown beginning Monday. They also announced that vaccinations will now be compulsory starting February 1. This is an unusual step for many countries.

Only a few reasons can people leave their home, such as to go shopping or work. There is no time limit or limit to how far you can walk. You can meet only one member of your household at once.

The government will not close schools and work places, but it has requested that parents keep their children home as much as possible.

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