The new Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer has confirmed that the imprisonment issued to contain the coronavirus outbreak will end as planned next Sunday, although those who have not received the vaccine will still have to restrict movements that are not strictly necessary.
Nehammer ruled out a possible prolongation of detention for the entire population after seeing a decrease in infections. Since the lockdown began on November 22, the incidence has almost halved and is around 600 after more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days.
However, the details of the reopening on the 13th will become known at the end of a meeting called on Wednesday, in which, among other things, it will be determined under which conditions shops and bars that are not absolutely essential may reopen. The authorities are not ruling out the possibility of maintaining stricter measures in the regions with the highest incidence.
The new Chancellor, who succeeded Alexander Schallenberg after his resignation, has started a new vaccination call and insisted that it is “necessary” that the guideline must be made mandatory from February, according to the newspaper “Die Presse”.
The European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) ranks Austria as one of the countries with the lowest vaccination coverage in the entire EU, as only two out of three residents are vaccinated with all the necessary doses.