The Austrian Chancellor has apologized to the vaccinated citizens because the country was once again locked down on Monday to contain the fourth wave of Covid-19 that could overwhelm the healthcare system.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer Alexander Schallenberg told the public broadcaster ORF that as the country began a new lockdown, he expressed sympathy for the millions of compatriots who had been vaccinated against Covid-19.
“I’m sorry to take such extreme steps,” According to the Associated Press, Sharonberg said. The lockdown will start on Monday and will last for at least 10 days. If the Covid-19 indicator does not improve, it may be extended for another 10 days.
The new lockdown measures apply to the entire Austrian population; with the surge in Covid-19 cases, the government has imposed partial lockdowns on unvaccinated people to reduce hospitalization rates.
When the 10-day national lockdown ends, citizens who have not been vaccinated will still be barred from entering certain public places.
Last week, Schellenberg announced that vaccination would be mandatory starting February 1. “We can’t persuade enough people to get vaccinated. For a long time, I and everyone else thought you can convince people to get vaccinated,” Said the principal.
Approximately 66% of Austria’s 8.9 million people have been fully vaccinated with Covid-19, which is one of the countries with the lowest rates in Western Europe.
On Friday, neighboring Germany entered “The whole country is in a state of emergency” In the case of a surge in the number of cases. “Maybe by the end of this winter, as it is sometimes cynical, almost everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, cured or dying,” German Health Minister Jens Span said on Monday that he reiterated the seriousness of the situation.
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