Day: November 21, 2021

Austria Becomes First Country in Western Europe to Re-enter a Full COVID Lockdown

People walk through the soon to be closed Naschmarkt market in Vienna, Austria on November 19, 2021.

People walk through the soon to be closed Naschmarkt market in Vienna, Austria on November 19, 2021.

JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images Austria will impose a lockdown for all and make vaccinations mandatory, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced on November 18, 2021, making the country the first in the EU to take such stringent measures as coronavirus cases spiral.

Austria on Friday said it will implement a full lockdown in the country, the first Western European nation to re-impose such strict measures amid rising COVID-19 cases, and said it will require its entire population to get vaccinated by early next year.

The lockdown will go into effect on Monday and remain in place for up to 20 days, Reuters reported. The decision comes amid rising cases throughout the country, which has seen a seven-day rate of more than 1,000 infections per 100,000 people.

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