Austria bans two million unvaccinated citizens from leaving home

In order to slow the spread of Covid-19 in Austria, the government has imposed a statewide lockdown for those who have not been vaccinated.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said on Monday that millions of people will be put on lockdown starting tomorrow due to an alarming increase in infections.

The move, which would affect approximately two million people in a country of 8.9 million, makes it illegal for unvaccinated people to leave their homes save for essential tasks like working, grocery shopping, or getting vaccinated.

Because children under the age of 12 cannot be formally vaccinated, it will not apply to them.

It comes after police used water cannons on hundreds of Dutch protestors yesterday night as they complained to the partial reinstatement of lockdown imposed by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Hundreds of protesters came upon the streets of Vienna’s Ballhausplatz earlier today for an anti-vaccination rally.

As they strolled through the streets, protesters hoisted posters that proclaimed “no compulsory vaccination.”

‘It is our obligation as the government of Austria to defend the people,’ Mr. Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna on Sunday.

‘Therefore we decided that starting Monday … there will be a lockdown for the unvaccinated.’      

The lockdown will initially last for ten days and police have been asked to check people outside to make sure they are vaccinated, Mr. Schallenberg said.

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