ROUNDUP / Plan: Lockdown for unvaccinated people in Upper Austria from Monday
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LINZ (dpa-AFX) – Upper Austria will be the first federal state in Austria to introduce a regional lockdown for unvaccinated people from Monday. This was announced by Prime Minister Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) on Thursday. “The situation is dramatic, which is why we prefer the fifth stage of the federal government’s step-by-step plan and plan a lockdown for unvaccinated people from Monday, provided that the federal government has given the legal green light or the federal government creates the legal basis.” At the same time, preparations were under way to set up emergency quarters with hospital beds, as in 2020. These should be available in rehabilitation facilities and special hospitals.
Upper Austria has a seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants of almost 1,200, which is well above the national average. The vaccination rate is one of the lowest in Austria. The third largest state with 1.5 million inhabitants is governed by a coalition of the ÖVP and the vaccination-critical FPÖ.
Discussions about details of the new regulation between Upper Austria and the Ministry of Health in Vienna ran on Thursday, the dpa learned from negotiating circles. The details are to be presented around noon on Friday. This could also include a tightening of the FFP2 mask requirement and a significant shutdown of many events, it said on the part of the state government.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg had previously put stricter measures in the room. A lockdown for the unvaccinated is approaching. “It is already clear that this winter and Christmas will be uncomfortable for the unvaccinated,” said Schallenberg in Bregenz. In view of the dynamics of the fourth corona wave, it may only be a matter of a few days before unvaccinated people have to live with massive exit restrictions, said the head of government. He called the vaccination rate of around 65 percent “embarrassingly low” and again called on the Austrians to get a protective sting immediately.
Meanwhile, the number of new corona infections in Austria has risen again to a record level. According to the authorities, 11,975 cases were recorded within 24 hours. Taking into account the number of inhabitants, that would mean around 100,000 cases in Germany. The seven-day incidence per 100,000 population climbed to 751, three times the German figure. The situation in the clinics continued to worsen. Doctors and nurses are now sounding the alarm louder and louder.
The opposition SPÖ demanded the immediate release of a third vaccination sting after four months in order to break the corona wave. The government’s crisis management is a disaster, said SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner.
An attempt by Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) to enforce a regional lockdown for unvaccinated people in Upper Austria and also in Salzburg initially failed on Wednesday evening due to the resistance of the respective regional chiefs.
Salzburg’s Prime Minister Wilfried Haslauer (ÖVP) said it was clear that the virologists would prefer to lock people up in a room. “Only: Then they would just die of depression or starve or die of thirst”. On Friday, the federal government, states and experts will again discuss possible new measures. / Mrd / al / DP / zb
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