Schallenberg and Mueckstein said stricter measures are necessary to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. Currently, 437 people are being treated for the coronavirus in intensive care units.
Previously, the government had planned to implement lockdown measures for unvaccinated people when the number of people in ICU beds reached 600. However, Schallenberg said Friday that the numbers are rising faster than expected and it is “not sensible to wait” until the country officially crosses that threshold.
Last Friday, Schallenberg announced that unvaccinated people would be barred from large parts of public life, including restaurants, hotels, and events of more than 25 people. Those rules went into effect on Monday.
Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in western Europe: 65% of the total population is fully vaccinated, and 67.8% have received at least one dose of vaccine.
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