The Austrian government is locking down the unvaccinated.
According to the Washington Examiner, those over the age of 12 in Austria who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 will be confined to their homes for the next 10 days, except for approved purposes, the country’s government has announced.
At a press conference over the weekend, Austrian officials broke the news in no uncertain terms.
“In reality, we have told one-third of the population: You will not leave your apartment anymore apart from for certain reasons,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said.
“You will not leave your apartment”
According to the Examiner, Schallenberg predicted that the measure, which many see as extreme, will bring about “a massive reduction in contacts between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.”
The chancellor defended his policy during a later interview with ORF radio, saying, “My aim is very clear: to get the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, not to lock up the unvaccinated.”
Reuters reports that those caught in violation of the new ordinance, which takes effect Monday, will face fines of up to €1,450 euros ($1,660). Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said that all interactions with law enforcement in the coming days will involve a vaccination status check.
Figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that of the 8.9 million people who reside in Austria, some 5,302,903 have been fully vaccinated.
Newsom renews state of emergency
Meanwhile, even some politicians in America are instituting tough measures that they say are needed to control the spread of COVID-19. Among them is Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who recently signed an executive order to once again extend the health emergency declaration that he first made in the Golden State in spring 2020.
“Winter is coming. Winter is here,” Newsom told reporters at a press conference last Tuesday, according to PJ Media columnist Gwendolyn Sims. “And as we want to be reminded and should be reminded, last year we had a challenging winter, particularly down here in Southern California.
“We started to see around this time last year case rates, positivity rates, hospitalization rates, ICU numbers start to increase,” the governor added. “We’re starting to see that now all across the globe. We’ve seen those trends, not dissimilar to last year.”
However, Sims noted that data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “suggests that hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are currently falling significantly and substantially across the country.”