Austria orders 10-day lockdown for unvaccinated people

Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe

The Austrian government has ordered a nationwide lockdown for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID.

The 10-day lockdown affects about two million people over the age of 12 who will be prohibited from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping, going for a walk, or getting vaccinated.

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Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe, with just 65 per cent of the total population having been vaccinated.

More than 11,552 new infections were reported Sunday; a week ago there were 8,554 new infections. Austrian authorities are concerned hospital staff will be unable to keep up with the influx of COVID patients.

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The lockdown, which begins Monday, impacts about two million people. The population of Austria is 8.9 million.

Police have been asked to check people outside to ensure they have been vaccinated.