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Austria again nationwide lockdown… Vaccines are compulsory

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People passing by a quiet Christmas market in Vienna, Austria on the 19th. Austrian Prime Minister Alexander Schallenberg announced on the 22nd that his country will enter a nationwide lockdown to contain the fourth spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). news

Austria, where the number of new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) confirmed cases is at an all-time high, has decided to make it compulsory for the first time in Europe to vaccinate against COVID-19. Austria has also pulled out a national lockdown card that restricts going out of the house.

Austrian Prime Minister Alexander Schallenberg held a press conference on the 19th (local time) and said, “The refusal to vaccinate against COVID-19 is an attack on our health system. ” announced. All citizens over the age of 12 are eligible for compulsory vaccination.

Austria announced that it would implement a total lockdown for 10 days starting on the 22nd. This is Austria’s fourth nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19. “We do not want a fifth outbreak,” said Chancellor Shalenberg. We have to face reality,” he explained, explaining the background of the lockdown decision. German broadcaster Deutsche Wele reported that Austria imposed a lockdown on those who were not vaccinated from the 15th, but it was not enough to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to the AFP news agency, Austria, with a population of about 9 million, recorded the highest number of new cases per day since the COVID-19 outbreak, exceeding 15,000 on the 18th. The Austrian government has decided to check whether the lockdown continues every 10 days, reflecting the improvement of the pandemic. Once the lockdown begins, you will not be able to leave the house except to buy essentials and exercise. In the workplace, telecommuting is compulsory.

Germany also said it would not rule out the possibility of further lockdowns. The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Germany on the 18th was 65,371, the highest since the Corona 19 outbreak. Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on the 19th (local time) that it has extended the emergency use authorization for Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 booster vaccination (BoosterShot) to adults 18 years of age or older.

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