The Austrian government said yesterday it was banning those who were not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from cafes, restaurants and hairdressers as the infections approach the records set a year ago.
Around 64% of the Austrian population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which is the European Union average but one of the lowest rates in Western Europe. Many Austrians are skeptical of vaccines.
New daily infections increased and reached 9,388 yesterday, near the high of 9,586 set a year ago. The government has said it expects a new record high in the coming days.
“The development is remarkable and the occupancy of intensive care beds is increasing much faster than expected,” Conservative Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said at a press conference on the new measures from Monday. This includes banning unvaccinated people from hotels and events of more than 25 people.
There will be a four-week transition period during which the first vaccination and a PCR test will allow entry into places where unvaccinated people will be prohibited. After that, only those who are fully vaccinated and those who have recently recovered from the coronavirus infection will be allowed in.
The announcement came a day after a similar move by the city of Vienna, which has the lowest infection rate among Austria’s nine provinces, but the highest proportion of intensive care beds occupied by COVID-patients. 19 to 20%. (Malay Mail / Nur / OL-09)