Austria: Unvaccinated may be subject to restrictions if Covid cases continue to rise | Austria
Unvaccinated people in Austria could face further lockdown restrictions if the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise, the Austrian Chancellor said.
The news came after a meeting Friday night between Alexander Schallenberg, the chancellor, and state leaders to discuss their response to the rapidly increasing number of cases.
âThe pandemic is not yet in the rearview mirror,â Schallenberg said. âWe are on the verge of falling into an unvaccinated pandemic. “
Schallenberg announced that if the number of Covid patients in intensive care units reaches 500, or 25% of the country’s total intensive care capacity, entry into businesses such as restaurants and hotels will be limited to those who are vaccinated or cured of the virus.
If the number reaches 600, or a third of the total capacity of intensive care, the government plans to impose restrictions on unvaccinated people. In this case, they would only be allowed to leave their homes for specific reasons.
Currently, the number of Covid patients in ICU stands at 220.
In the past week, Austria reported 20,408 new cases of the virus, according to health officials, bringing the 7-day average to 228.5 per 100,000 people. A week earlier, that figure was 152.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Although the Austrian government has encouraged citizens to get vaccinated, the effort has slowed in recent months, with 65.4% of the total population having received a dose of the vaccine and 62.2% being fully vaccinated.