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Austria extends lockdown, mandates vaccinations

A police officer checks vaccination passes of shoppers at a Christmas market in Vienna on Friday. Associated Press/Photo by Lisa Leutner

Austria extends lockdown, mandates vaccinations

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced Europe’s first nationwide vaccine mandate after the country reported record high COVID-19 cases on Friday. He also said high infection and death rates gave him no choice but to extend a lockdown to the vaccinated population, as well. Starting Monday, most restaurants, Christmas markets, and stores will close. Austria’s 8.9 million citizens will not be allowed to leave home except for essential duties like grocery shopping or outdoor exercise. Some schools will stay open, but parents are urged to keep their children at home. Beginning Feb. 1, Austria’s government will require all citizens to be fully vaccinated. 

How severe are the infections? For the past week, Austria has reported more than 10,000 new cases every day, with 15,809 on Friday. Average daily deaths are still low but have tripled during the past three weeks. Roughly 66 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, and the government started a campaign to vaccinate children earlier this week. Hospitals warned that their intensive care units will soon be full. Germany and the Netherlands have also reported surging infections and partial lockdowns.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report about international vaccine distribution.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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Population control is why some people support ABORTION. Too many people.
If they want fewer people on the planet, then WHY do they care if people die from diseases?
Are THEY getting vaxed?


How about "No more vehicles" until we stop auto accidents!
How many people die from auto accidents every day? (I wish there was a vax for that.)
The highway we used today had 5+ lanes ON EACH SIDE. Very scary that!
Our city is surrounded by 4 highways, literally. And that is just around one city in AZ.


get your FREE FLU shot -
Every year they tell you to get your FLU shot.
How many years, centuries of FLU shots have you had?
They don't know which strain it will be this year, so they sort of calculate?
Someone is making a ton of money off the gov't (us). yep, free. LOL


Like colds and the flu, COVID will always be with us.
Some die from each.
With COVID, they are making people stay home to wait and wonder if they are next.


It seems like COVID would break down better if they would let it play itself out.
The so-called vaxes don't seem to be helping as well as they had expected.
Don't those countries have scientists that can help them discern what is really going on.
We do but you have to listen to them.
Meanwhile the powers are mandating stay at home and always wear a mask. While they are out partying and meeting with groups without masks. Saw a video of Harris taking off her mask to greet and shake hands with a group of about 30 people who also didn't have masks on.

Big Jim

Is Austria going the way of Australia?

DWES4537Big Jim

Sweden didn’t lockdown and had fewer deaths per million last week than did Australia. Blows the lockdown theory.


Germany #41 in deaths per million last week and 70% vaccinated. Austria #27 in deaths per mill last week, #4 in new cases the last 7 days and 69% vaccinated. SWEDEN 72 % vaccinated #91 in new cases last 7 days and number 136 in deaths per million. Austria seems to be making a mistake. Why? Sweden early on was number 15 in the world for deaths per million, now they are number 54 and falling. Their no lockdown strategy is paying off?


The lockdowns and passports are completely unnecessary. The pandemic will not end until the governments come clean. "The Spectator has published an article citing official data from Public Health England, which states that for the over 30’s, “the rates of Covid infection per 100,000 are now higher among the vaxxed than the unvaxxed.” Fresher information has fortified this conclusion of the summer. In every age group over 30 in the UK, the rates of Covid infection per 100,000 are now higher among the vaxxed than the unvaxxed. Indeed, in the cohorts aged between 40 and 79, infection rates among the vaccinated are more than twice as high as among the unvaccinated." https://summit.news/2021/11/19/official-public-health-england-data-says-covid-infection-rates-higher-in-vaxxed-then-unvaxxed/


Just looking at vaccine rates and infection rates globally on the CDC website, there's no clear correlation between vaccination rate and infection rate. Gibraltar, according to the CDC's data, has the highest vaccination rate in the world (over 100%-which I don't understand), yet as of yesterday had the highest infection rate in the world: over 2,000 cases/100,000 population. And they are not alone. Why do we still think vaccines will end this when there seems to be so much evidence to the contrary?


Even fully vaccinated people? What is the point of the vaccination? If it doesn't slow or stop the spread, this pandemic will never end.