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Austria becomes the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full COVID-19 lockdown, and says it plans to make vaccines compulsory

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People waiting for a mass Covid-19 testing in Vienna, Austria. AP Photo/Ronald Zak
Austria announced a full coronavirus lockdown that would end on December 13 for vaccinated people.
The chancellor said the move "hurts" but not enough people had been convinced to get vaccinated.
The whole population must be vaccinated by February 1, 2022, officials said, without giving specifics.
Austria has announced a full coronavirus lockdown, becoming the first country in western Europe to do so this autumn. The lockdown is to start this coming Monday, Die Presse reported. Officials announced the new...
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Austria extends COVID-19 lockdown; makes double vax mandatory from February 1

Austria extends COVID-19 lockdown; makes double vax mandatory from February 1

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Austria has extended a COVID lockdown to its entire population and made vaccination mandatory from February 1.
The new measures were announced by Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Friday morning. It comes after discussions with regional governors.
On Monday, Vienna announced a nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated. That has now been extended to everyone. The latest data shows COVID infections in Austria have soared in recent weeks. Daily case numbers have trebled in November to 16,185 on Thursday. The country's per capita infection rate is the highest so far this year.
Around 64-66%...
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