Coronavirus: Thread

grarpamp grarpamp at
Sat Nov 13 09:49:41 PST 2021

> Too little, too late, try harder Australia...

Meanwhile Austria's Schallenberg Govt goes full Nazi on the people...

Austria "Just Days Away" From Unleashing Lockdown On The "Shameful"

Austria's chancellor on Friday said that the government would give the
go-ahead for a lockdown for unvaccinated people, to be introduced in
the two highest-incidence regions from Monday and possibly also

    “Our aim is clear: we want on Sunday to give the green light for a
nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated,” Chancellor Alexander
Schallenberg told a press conference.

This would mean people without proof of 2G (full vaccination or
recovery from Covid-19) would be unable to leave their homes except
for essential reasons.

He described Austria’s vaccination rate - just 65% of the population
is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 - as “shameful”.

A lockdown for the unvaccinated was proposed on Thursday by the
governor of Upper Austria, the region with the highest Covid-19
incidence rates, pending legal approval from the government.

Also on Thursday, Austria’s Corona Commission warned of a “serious
threat to medical care” for the whole population and recommended that
a lockdown for the unvaccinated should be introduced nationwide.

Schallenberg did not confirm whether the lockdown would apply in the
whole country or only for the highest incidence regions , but said he
was in favour of “a nationwide solution”. Health Minister Wolfgang
Mückstein confirmed the lockdown would apply at least in Upper Austria
and Salzburg, the two highest incidence regions.

Both regions had already announced tighter Covid restrictions this
week in response to the severe strain on the healthcare sector,
including extending the FFP2 mask mandate, banning the sale of alcohol
at Christmas markets, and cancelling most large events over the next
few weeks.

It is not yet clear exactly how the lockdown would work, nor how it
would be enforced.

People without proof of 2G (either full vaccination or a recent
recovery from Covid-19) would only be allowed to leave their homes
under certain circumstances, similar to previous lockdowns for the
general population, such as work or essential shopping and exercise.
Schallenberg reiterated previous statements that the government had no
intention of bringing in another general lockdown.

    “According to the incremental plan, we actually have just days
until we have to introduce the lockdown for unvaccinated people,”
Schallenberg said, adding that the restrictions mean “one cannot leave
one’s home unless one is going to work, shopping (for essentials),
stretching one’s legs – namely exactly what we all had to suffer
through in 2020.”

One of the challenges of such a differentiated lockdown is how checks
will be enforced.

Schallenberg addressed this in his comments on Friday, telling reporters:

    “We do not live in a police state. We cannot and do not want to
check every street corner.”

The announcement comes as Austria continues to report some of the
highest Covid-19 incidence rates in Europe, with two of its nine
regions’ seven-day incidence rates (new cases per 100,000 people)
above the 1,000 mark.

    What could go wrong? OMG!
    — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 12, 2021

Austria Moves Closer To Imposing Lockdown On The Unvaccinated

Austria has moved closer to imposing a full lockdown on the
unvaccinated after those who haven’t had the jab were banned from
entering a long list of public spaces.

    “The entry ban will come into effect next week and will apply to
cafes, bars, restaurants, theaters, ski lodges, hotels, hairdressers
and any event involving more than 25 people,” reports RT.

The measures will impact the 36 per cent of residents who haven’t been
fully immunized and have been introduced in response to rising COVID

    “The evolution is exceptional and the occupancies of
intensive-care beds are increasing significantly faster than we had
expected,” said Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg.

After providing a four week buffer period for those who have received
one dose of the vaccine and can provide a negative PCR test, the
option to provide a negative test will be removed.

As we highlighted last month, the government has put a limit on the
occupancy of intensive care units which, if breached, will trigger
lockdown measures being imposed solely on the unvaccinated.

Once the number reaches 600, or one third of total capacity, the new
rules will be triggered. That number now stands at 352 but is rising
by 10 per day.

Such measures will extend beyond vaccine passports, mandating that
people who are unjabbed stay at home and only leave for “essential”
reasons such as buying food.

This will probably be enforced in a similar way to how the first
lockdown was enforced, with police performing spot checks on people
asking if they have permission to be outside.

Austria would be the first major country to exclusively impose ‘stay
at home’ measures on the unvaccinated, but it could eventually be
replicated elsewhere, despite the waning immunity that the vaccine
itself offers.

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