During a check in Vösendorf, Mödling district, Austria, on November 16, 2021, Austrian police officers check the identity and vaccination card of a man.
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Austria will initiate a fourth national lockdown on Monday as Covid-19 cases continue to increase.
Unvaccinated people in the country are already prohibited from leaving their homes for non-essential purposes.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced on Friday at a press conference that these blocking measures will be extended to the entire country from Monday.
The lockdown would last a maximum of 20 days, said Schallenberg.
He also announced that the compulsory Covid vaccination in Austria will be mandatory from February 1st.
On Thursday, Austria recorded 15,145 new cases of Covid-19, setting a new record high for daily positive tests.
Around 65% of the Austrian population are fully vaccinated against the virus, which Schallenberg previously described as “shamefully low”. After Liechtenstein, the country has the second lowest vaccination rate in Western Europe.
The Austrian press agency reported that the government ministers were negotiating until the early hours of Friday morning to work out measures that could help contain Austria’s escalating Covid crisis.