The Austrian government is taking a tough course against the fourth wave of the coronavirus. From Monday, exit restrictions will be in place for non-vaccinated people. This may soon be the case for people who have also been vaccinated, if the situation does not improve.
“A very tragic situation,” Austrian Health Minister Wolfgang Mokstein (47, Greens) said Sunday evening in intensive care units there. Unvaccinated people are “the drivers of infection for the fourth wave,” Macstein said. This can be clearly seen in accidents. In the unvaccinated, it is five to six times higher.
If the numbers don’t improve, he will call for more action for everyone. Another package of measures is already on the table and should be discussed on Wednesday.
Emphasis on vaccinated people will also be discussed with experts, citing «Kronenzeitung» Minister. Night-out restrictions for everyone are a problem: “Yes, that has been discussed and I agree with the experts’ opinion,” Mückstein said.
Depending on the situation, Mückstein wants to activate the contingency plan. It remains to be seen whether there will be a majority for his plans. The Green Alliance partner of the ÖVP recently strongly rejected the restrictions on people who have been vaccinated.
Limited vaccination requirements
According to the minister, the compulsory vaccination of medical personnel will come “as soon as possible”. For the faculty, Macstein considers compulsory vaccination a constitutional problem. It also assumes that students will soon be able to vaccinate. (bag)
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