The Government of Austria has approved a general confinement As of Monday, after the measures adopted so far – including restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated people – have not stopped the increase in infections.
“Citizens will have to assume new restrictions during 20 days because there were too many who have been unsupportive. I ask you to continue the measures and to reduce contacts, “declared Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, announcing the confinement that will last for 20 days.
In addition, as announced by the Chancellor, vaccination will be mandatory from February 2022 for all residents of the country, in which about 65% of the population has the full pattern, one of the lowest figures in Western Europe. The infection rate is among the highest on the continent, with almost a thousand cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It thus becomes the first European nation to approve this measure to increase the vaccination rate
“We have made a very difficult decision, we are forced to adopt a mandatory vaccination from February 2022,” Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told a news conference.
Measurements across Europe
The cumulative incidence of cases has reached a new high in Germany, what beats record of infections for twelve consecutive days and the Government is preparing to increase the pressure on the unvaccinated. The federal government and the “Länder” agreed yesterday the mandatory vaccination for professionals who are in contact with vulnerable people. In addition, they established caps on the hospitalization rate from which gradual and regional restrictions will be introduced.
Slovakia will limit as of Monday the movement of the not vaccinated -that they will not be able to enter restaurants, non-essential goods stores, shopping centers and attend sporting and leisure events- following the Austrian model. The Central European country of 5.5 million and a vaccination rate of 45%, registered a record number of infections in recent days, exceeding 8000 on Tuesday, and doctors have warned that there are few available beds.
On Hungary, the Executive has announced that soon force all public workers to get vaccinated, while the College of Physicians has asked that those who do not have a covid certificate be prohibited from entering restaurants or cinemas.
Czech Republic It will only allow people vaccinated and healed of Covid-19 from next Monday to access bars, restaurants or meetings, and It is considering reimposing that all companies test their employees.
Ukraine has exceeded this Friday the threshold of 80,000 deaths from coronavirus after confirming more than 700 deaths during the last day, a day in which the barrier of 3.3 million cases has also been exceeded. Ukraine has a 21% vaccination rate. According to the Ministry of Health, 88.2% of those hospitalized last week were not vaccinated.
France discards the covid certificate
The obligation to have the covid certificate in France for social activities, such as going to the cinema, a show, a stadium and even having a drink in a bar or restaurant, makes it unnecessary to resort to confinement of the unvaccinated, according to the president Gaul, Emmanuel Macron.
“This measure is not necessary in France”, underlines in an interview published this Friday by the newspaper La Voix du Nord the French president, who explains that the countries that have launched it (in the first place Austria) had not resorted to the certificate sanitary as your country has been doing since the summer.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.