Austria on Lockdown Following Surge in COVID Cases

Austria on Lockdown Following Surge in COVID Cases

( – The COVID-19 pandemic is still surging in some areas across the world. Austria is one of the countries experiencing an increase in cases. Now, its government has taken draconian steps to try to get the virus under control.

On November 15, the Austrian government implemented a lockdown — but not for everyone. The country is only forcing those who haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine to isolate themselves. Currently, 64% of the country is fully vaccinated, so the lockdown impacts about a third of the population. According to Newsweek, the country had 760.6 new cases per 100,000 residents last week, three times the number of new cases that Germany has reported.

Some critics are calling the lockdowns “fascist,” a loaded word in a country that was once home to several concentration camps during Adolf Hitler’s regime.

The lockdowns in Austria mean the unvaccinated citizens will only be able to leave their homes to work and buy food. They are supposed to stay home 10 days to allegedly help take pressure off of the healthcare system. However, the country hasn’t addressed the fact that vaccinated people are able to spread the virus just as easily as the unvaccinated. If the point is to slow the spread, it seems odd the government is discriminating against just one group of people.

Back in the US, roughly 59% of the population is fully vaccinated. The American people have learned how to respond to surges without discriminating against people. Why can’t Austria do that, too?

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