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The epidemic is in a hurry!Austria will “lock the country” and require compulsory vaccination next week
Source: Wall Street
Austria has become the first Western European country to restart the national blockade this fall, and will become the first European country to compulsory vaccination. The German Minister of Health said that it is in a state of emergency and does not rule out all possible epidemic prevention.
In the face of a new wave of menacing epidemics, European countries have begun to offer the strongest epidemic prevention measures so far.
On Friday, November 19, local time, the Austrian government announced that from November 22, that is, next week, a nationwide blockade will be implemented, initially lasting 10 days and possibly up to 20 days. It also stated that it will start on February 1 next year. , It will be mandatory for citizens to vaccinate the new crown vaccine. During the blockade, all citizens of Austria are not allowed to leave their homes except for work, purchase of necessities and exercise.
The Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, who announced the blockade decision, said:
“We don’t want the fifth wave of epidemics, nor the sixth and seventh waves. We don’t want to discuss this again next summer.”
This means that Austria has become the first Western European country to restart the national blockade this fall, and it will be the first European country to compulsory vaccination.
On Monday, Austria’s lockdown measures for all citizens aged 12 years and above who have not completed vaccination has just come into effect, becoming the first European country to ban home-footing for those who have not completed vaccination, but even so, it has failed to prevent the surge in new crown cases. . The day before the announcement of the national lockdown, Austria added more than 15,000 infections on Thursday, a record high since the outbreak of the country. At present, 66% of Austria’s population has been vaccinated, which is lower than the overall EU average level of more than 67%.
Also on Friday, Germany, Europe’s largest economy, also issued a warning. At the press conference, when a reporter asked if the possibility of a complete blockade like Austria was ruled out, the German Minister of Health Jens Spahn replied,
“Even if this creates news panic, (I have to say), the situation we are in now cannot rule out all possibilities.”
“We (Germany) are in a state of emergency.”
The day before Spahn’s speech and this Thursday, Germany added more than 65,000 infections a day, and the number of new cases in a single day hit a new high in the country, which was more than 12,000 more than the previous record of new cases in a single day announced on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the fourth wave of the epidemic is hitting Germany at full speed. The situation is “sensational”. On Thursday, she reached an agreement with the governors of 16 domestic states to implement a new package of epidemic prevention measures.
One of the new measures is to restrict recreational activities in public places for those who have not been vaccinated in areas with more than 3% of hospitalized cases per 100,000 people. “——”2G” Epidemic Prevention Principles. This means that those who have not been vaccinated are basically excluded from public life. Even if the nucleic acid test results are negative, people who have not been vaccinated cannot enter public places such as restaurants, bars and clubs.
After the Austrian Chancellor and the German Minister of Health, French Minister of Industry Agnès Pannier-Runacher told the media on Friday that the French government is monitoring the latest wave of epidemics “very vigilantly”. The situation in France seems to be better than Austria and Germany. This is because the vaccination coverage rate in France is very high. At the same time she urged the people to be vaccinated.
The media pointed out that currently about 69% of France’s citizens have completed the vaccination, and about 68% of Germany’s population has completed the vaccination. Both Germany and Austria are among the countries with the lowest proportion of the inoculated population in Western Europe.
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