Due to sudden hike in coronavirus cases, Austria has reimpose a complete national lockdown in the face of COVID-19. The decision comes amid rising cases across the country, and has seen a seven-day rate of over 1000 infections per 100,000 people.

Chancellor Alexander Schellenberg said, "Too many among us have not shown enough solidarity. I ask you all to help. Take part, support these measures, let us try to reduce our social contacts for a maximum of 20 days so that the Christmas holidays are protected."

The country plans to become the first country in Europe to make vaccination mandatory for all eligible people by February next year, Chancellor Alexander Schellenberg announced on Friday.

Only less than 66 percent of citizens in Austria are fully vaccinated, which is one of the lowest rates in the European Union. According to local news, the nationwide lockdown will come into effect from Monday and will last for a minimum of 10 days.

If the numbers do not come down, the lockdown may be extended for another 10 days.

"We don't want a fifth wave, We don't want a sixth and seventh wave. We don't want to have that discussion next summer," he said. The chancellor also said that they had not succeeded in persuading enough people to get vaccinated and that it was sad that such measures still had to be taken.

Recently, the Netherlands also went into partial lockdown and all bars and restaurants were closed.


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