Austria will impose quarantine restrictions on some 2 million unvaccinated people from tomorrow (Monday, November 15) as the number of cases of Quid increases and pressure mounts on hospital staff.
Unvaccinated people can leave home only for limited reasons, such as work or buying food.
Unvaccinated people are also barred from going to restaurants, barber shops and cinemas.
“The decision to take this step has not been easy, but it is necessary,” said Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg.
“In fact, we told a third of the population that you could not leave the house except in emergencies. This is a significant reduction in contact between vaccinated and unvaccinated people,” he said.
Health Minister Wolfgang Mukstein said the new restrictive measures do not apply to children under the age of 12 and those who have recently recovered from Covid.
These new restrictions are to be applied for 10 days.
Some critics have questioned whether the move is constitutional.
About 65% of the Austrian population is fully vaccinated, which is one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe.
At the same time, the rate of Covid infection per week is more than 800 cases per 100,000 people, which is one of the highest cases in Europe.
Europe is now the epicenter of the Covid epidemic, and several countries are imposing restrictions to deal with the rising incidence.
Coronary heart disease has also increased in Germany and the Netherlands.
In the Netherlands, as of today, measures have been taken to reduce social contact. These include reducing the opening hours of restaurants and shops. Sports events are also held without the presence of spectators.
About 84% of the adult population in the Netherlands is fully vaccinated. Most people admitted to hospitals in this country are unvaccinated.
Vaccination rates are significantly lower in some Eastern European countries.
In Latvia, only 59% of the population is fully vaccinated. The vaccination rate in Russia is only 35%.