Covid-19: towards containment in Austria of unvaccinated people

The pandemic has killed at least 5,078,000 people around the world since the World Health Organization (WHO) office in China reported the onset of the disease in late December 2019, according to a report established by the World Health Organization (WHO). ‘AFP from official sources Friday, November 12.

In the European Union, the epidemic is resuming in earnest. It is considered to be “Very disturbing” in ten countries and “Disturbing” in ten others, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Friday. Among the 27 member states, Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary and Slovenia are in the highest category of concern, according to ECDC’s latest risk assessment, based in Stockholm.

  • The Austrian Chancellor awaits the approval of Parliament on Sunday to confine the unvaccinated

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said on Friday he was awaiting Parliament’s agreement on Sunday for national containment of people unvaccinated or unhealed from Covid-19, as the country faces a rapid increase in cases . However, he did not specify the date of entry into force of the measure.

The regional state of Upper Austria and the city-state of Salzburg, which have experienced some of the highest contamination rates, have already decided on this containment from Monday. For the measure to apply across the country, it will need to be approved by parliament and a meeting of regional heads of government over the weekend.

The Minister of Health, Wolfgang Mückstein, also announced Friday that he would order compulsory vaccination of health personnel. About 64% of the population received both doses of the vaccine in Austria, which is lower than the European average of 67%. Mr Schallenberg called this vaccination rate “Shamefully low”.

  • New restrictions in Norway …

Faced with the strong resumption of the epidemic, Norway will reintroduce anti-Covid restrictions at the national level, in particular by authorizing municipalities to use the health pass, the government announced on Friday. “However, we are not talking about confinements or measures as strict as those we have seen previously during the pandemic”, said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store.

The Scandinavian country, which had lifted all its restrictions at the end of September, will also offer a third dose of the vaccine for everyone over 18, announced the new head of government. Local restrictions have reappeared in recent days in Norway, while the daily number of contaminations currently stands at around 1,500, in a country of 5.4 million inhabitants.

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  • … as well as in Mauritius

Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, imposed a series of new restriction measures on Friday to deal with an upsurge in cases of contamination, despite a high vaccination rate. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced the restrictions in a televised address to the nation the day before, accusing people who violate health protocols of being responsible for the increased number of infections. “The State will not be able to fight alone against the spread of Covid-19”, did he declare.

Schools in Mauritius were closed earlier this week with all classes to be conducted online, while bars and nightclubs were ordered to close and concerts and sports competitions were suspended. The government also limits the number of participants at gatherings such as weddings and funerals, but beaches remain open – although picnics are prohibited there.

Mauritius had fully reopened its borders to international tourists at the beginning of October, in the hope of reviving its tourism activity, vital for its economy, after long months of shutdown due to the pandemic.

  • “Difficult months” to come in Germany, according to the health watch institute

Germany, stricken ” full force “ by a fourth wave of Covid-19, must prepare for “Difficult weeks and months”, warned Lothar Wieler, president of the Robert Koch health watch institute, on Friday, who is advocating for tougher restrictions.

As cases of infection have skyrocketed in recent days in many parts of the country, Mr Wieler has sounded the alarm: “We have to assume that the situation will continue to worsen all over Germany” and that this evolution “Cannot be stopped without new measures”, he warned.

Mr. Koch is also concerned about an already tense situation in some hospitals, which also suffer from a shortage of nursing staff. He wants contact in public places to be limited and urges unvaccinated Germans – there is no compulsory vaccination in Germany – to finally take the plunge. About 67.4% of the population received two doses of the vaccine in the country, far from the 75% targeted.

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  • A “partial confinement” expected in the Netherlands

Faced with a record number of contamination cases, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is due to announce new restrictive measures on Friday, including the introduction of the first “Partial containment” this winter in Western Europe.

Among the measures expected, and which will run over three weeks, bars, restaurants and non-essential shops are expected to close at 7 p.m. local time, while teleworking should be encouraged, according to local media.

Public protests will be suppressed and football matches will have to be played behind closed doors, including the World Cup qualifying match between the Netherlands and Norway next week, they added. However, schools should remain open and out-of-home visits allowed.

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Covid-19: towards containment in Austria of unvaccinated people

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