Austria will go into full national lockdown and introduce mandatory vaccinations amid rising Covid cases

ITV News Europe editor James Mats reports from Austria, one of the continent’s many COVID hotspots

Austria It will enter a nationwide lockdown next week amid a spike in Covid-19 cases, with mandatory vaccinations to be enforced from February.

The The country had already announced a partial lockdown, applies to people who are not immune only, but Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said more measures are needed to contain another wave of coronavirus cases.

The closure will begin on Monday and will initially last for 10 days. Students will have to go back to homeschooling, restaurants will be closed and cultural events canceled.

From February 2022, vaccinations will also become mandatory on Austrian public broadcasts reported by the ORF.

Covid rates vs vaccination rates across Europe

Why is Austria back in lockdown?

In recent weeks, Austria has faced an alarming rise in infections.

The World Health Organization reported 15,609 new cases on Thursday, up from 12,000 the previous week.

The authorities are concerned about a spike in infections and deaths that will put hospitals under pressure during the winter months.

The country has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe, with only about 65% of the total population vaccinated.

Back in the UK, Boris Johnson warned of a new wave of Corona virus disease It can come to Britain from Europe.

The Prime Minister urged the public to get their booster buns in order to combat the surge in cases seen in other parts of the continent.

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Johnson described the “storm clouds” of a new wave of coronavirus gathering over parts of Europe.

“We’ve been here before and remember what happens when a wave starts to come in,” he warned earlier this week.

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