Austria orders lockdown of 3M unvaccinated against COVID-19

By Megan Hadley
Austria orders lockdown of 3M unvaccinated against COVID-19
People sit in a Vienna biergarten in May after some coronavirus restrictions were loosened. On Monday, those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will face new restrictions. File Photo by Christian Bruna/EPA-EFE

Nov. 15 (UPI) -- With COVID-19 cases on the rise, Austria implemented a new lockdown Monday for all those unvaccinated over age 12.

Those who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine face new restrictions, able to leave home only to buy food, go to work, and for limited emergency situations.


The new rules apply to about 3 million people, as 65% of the population is vaccinated.

Those who are vaccinated will be able to live their life normally, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said. "There will be no lockdown for protected, vaccination people."

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After the announcement last week, some 32,000 people got their first vaccine dose.

Many of the remaining unvaccinated participated in protests over the weekend.

Austria has reported 183,870 new COVID-19 cases and 539 deaths over the past 28 days, according to Johns Hopkins University. Since the start of the pandemic, the country has reported 971,541 cases and 11,746 deaths.

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Starting Monday, Austrian police officers will be doing stop checks, and anyone who cannot show proof of vaccination will be fined 500 euros ($571). Business owners could be fined 3,600 euros ($4,112).


COVID-19 cases in Europe have surged, and other countries have implemented lockdowns, as well.

In the Netherlands, a three-week lockdown was announced, and restaurants, super markets, and non essential retailers were advised to close early and impose social distancing measures.

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"Tonight we are bringing a very unpleasant message with very unpleasant and far-reaching measures," Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a televised address.

Norway and Germany also also planning new restrictions.

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