Austria, The First EU Country To Reimpose Full COVID Lockdown

Austria will reimpose statewide lockdown on Nov. 22 and introduce mandatory vaccination on Feb. 1, announced Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Friday.

Last week, Austria placed an “unprecedented” lockdown on almost 2 million unvaccinated citizens in an effort to contain the fourth wave of coronavirus.

“The aim is to get the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, not to lock up the unvaccinated,” the Chancellor said back then.

But a steady rise in cases has now forced the government to extend the lockdown to the rest of the population, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2. 

If the pressure in the health system does not show a significant drop by that date, the

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