Austrian Prime Minister Alexander Schallenberg said that the government may decide to implement a movement restriction order on the 14th for people who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The number of newly infected people in Austria in a single day has surged to an unprecedented high.
Alexander Schallenberg did not disclose when the restrictions will take effect. However, Upper Austria and Salzburg, which have been hit hardest by this wave of epidemic in Austria, have already scheduled to implement this measure on their own from the 15th.
The percentage of the Austrian fully vaccinated population is about 65%, and many Austrians are skeptical of vaccines.
Alexander Schallenberg said at the press conference: “Our goal is very clear. We will agree to impose a movement restriction on the country’s unvaccinated people.” He also pointed out that the number of intensive care units in Austria has become increasingly tight.
Alexander Schallenberg said: “In view of the latest situation, I don’t think it is wise to continue to wait…We are going to take this measure now, and I hope that we will take this measure in nine states across the country.”
According to Alexander Schallenberg on the 11th, the daily movement of unvaccinated Austrians will be subject to the same restrictions as last year during the 3rd national blockade. He hopes to avoid more restrictions on those who have been vaccinated, so as to encourage people who have not been vaccinated to vaccinate.