Austria threatens the unvaccinated with lockdown

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BIf the corona situation worsens dramatically, unprotected people in Austria face a lockdown. This step comes with a particularly high utilization of the intensive care beds, as Austria’s Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg explained on Friday evening after a crisis meeting with the Prime Minister. “We are about to stumble into a pandemic of unprotected unvaccinated people,” said the head of government.

Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said that those who have neither been vaccinated nor recovered have to be prepared for massive exit restrictions at the last stage of the new step-by-step plan. Then, if necessary, leaving the apartment is only possible for valid reasons. According to the information, all who cannot be vaccinated, such as children under twelve years of age, are excluded from this.

2G rule with higher utilization of the intensive care beds

The new regulations also provide for restrictions for unvaccinated people in the event that more than 500 corona patients are treated in the intensive care units. Then a 2G rule will come into force in many areas. Schallenberg ruled out a lockdown for those who had been vaccinated or recovered. He hoped that these plans would send a strong signal.

Despite the recent significant increase in the number of new infections, the situation in Austria’s intensive care units is still largely stable. Around 220 intensive care beds are currently occupied by corona patients. The seven-day incidence is just under 230. In Germany it is currently around 95.

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