Austria is isolating millions of people not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of today, as Europe once again becomes the epicenter of the pandemic.
Anyone over the age of 12 who has not been voiced can now only leave their home for work, school, exercise and the purchase of basic necessities, with the lockdown affecting an estimated two million people. AustriaThere are 8.9 million inhabitants.
Restrictions renewed took effect at midnight on Sunday and will last for 10 days before being reviewed.
Europe now accounts for more than half of the average seven-day cases worldwide and around half of the most recent deaths, the highest levels since April last year, when COVID-19 thing at its early peak in Italy.
Governments across Europe fear that the implementation of new measures could derail a fragile economic recovery as other countries, including the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic, are taking or planning measures to curb the spread.
Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe, with only around 65% of the total population fully vaccinated.
The country has faced a worrying trend of infections in recent weeks, reporting 11,552 new cases on Sunday, while a week ago there were 8,554 new infections.
The seven-day infection rate is currently 775.5 new cases per 100,000 population, while neighboring Germany, which has already sounded the alarm over the increase in numbers, has a rate of 289 in comparison.
In the Netherlands, 15 people were arrested after protests erupted over a three-week partial coronavirus blockade imposed on Saturday night due to a spike in infections.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte previously said his government wants to “deal a severe blow to the virus” as bars, restaurants and supermarkets will be ordered to close at 8pm and professional sports matches will be played in empty stadiums.
In Eastern Europe, Romania and Bulgaria reported record numbers of daily coronavirus infections. Case rates increased more than tenfold in two months until the end of October when some restrictions were reintroduced.
Daily case rates in the UK also increased to around 70 cases per 100,000 people and stayed there for much of the summer.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the new concerns as “storm clouds” of a new wave of coronavirus are gathering over Europe on Friday and urged the British to get their booster shots.
According to The Times, the UK government is ready to extend the COVID-19 recall program to people under the age of 50 to reduce transmission rates as winter approaches.
The Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) is expected to give its approval Monday on the move to extend the launch, with the newspaper adding that the precise details of the age groups have not been confirmed.
More than two million people in England received their COVID-19 recall last week, with health officials describing the numbers as being record breaking.
And at least a million Kids between the ages of 12 and 15 have now received a COVID vaccine in England, with hits for this group starting from 20 September.
Professor Neil Ferguson, a member of the Emergency Scientific Advisory Group (SAGE), said that with high levels of COVID immunity and a strong booster vaccination program, the It is “unlikely” that the UK will experience a “catastrophic winter wave” of infections this would require a Christmas block similar to last year.
Recognizing, however, that the UK is seeing a “hint of an increase in recent days” after weeks of declining case numbers and hospital admissions, he told the BBC’s Today program: “We have had very high case numbers – between 30,000 and 50,000 a day – just in the last four months, since the beginning of July.
“This obviously had its downsides.
“Paradoxically it also had an advantage in increasing population immunity over countries like Germany, the Netherlands and France, which have had much lower case numbers and are only now seeing an increase.”
Wales is facing a high level of virus across the country requiring COVID passages at the entrance of cinemas, theaters and concert halls in an effort to bring cases under control.
Dawn Bowden, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sports, said the measures “will help keep these businesses open during the difficult autumn and winter months to come.”
The Welsh government said self-isolation guidelines were also changed and people were encouraged to work from home to help deal with the rising cases.
Meanwhile, Israel has announced that it is campaigning for vaccinate around 1.2 million children aged 5 to 11 it will start in days.
The decision to give the green light to children of this age group was announced on Sunday by the ministry of health, following an agreement by a group of experts.
It comes after U.S. health officials granted the vaccine safe for the same age group earlier this month.
Central and Eastern European governments have had to take drastic action with new measures as they struggle to increase vaccine adoption.
Latvia, one of the least vaccinated countries in the EU, introduced a four-week lockdown in mid-October. On Friday, his parliament voted to ban ministers who refuse vaccination from voting on laws and participating in discussions.
The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Russia have also tightened restrictions.