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Austria bans two million unvaccinated citizens from leaving home

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Austria bans two million unvaccinated citizens from leaving home

The Austrian government has ordered a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Monday confirmed that millions of citizens would be placed into lockdown from tomorrow amid a worrying trend in infections.    

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The move, which will affect about two million people in the country of 8.9million, prohibits unvaccinated individuals from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping – or getting vaccinated.

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It will not apply to children under the age of 12 because they cannot yet officially get vaccinated. 

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It comes after hundreds of Dutch protestors had a water cannon turned on them by police last night after they objected to the partial return of lockdown introduced by The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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Earlier today hundreds of people descended upon the streets of Ballhausplatz in Vienna during an anti-vaccination rally. 

Protesters held placards in their hands reading ‘no compulsory vaccination’ as they walked through the streets.

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On Sunday, Mr. Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna: ‘It’s our job as the government of Austria to protect the people.

‘Therefore we decided that starting Monday … there will be a lockdown for the unvaccinated.’      

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The lockdown will initially last for ten days and police have been asked to check people outside to make sure they are vaccinated, Mr. Schallenberg said. 

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