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Austria has been isolating all unvaccinated residents since midnight on Sunday, the government said.

Anyone over the age of 12 who has not been double-stung will only be able to leave the house for work, school, exercise and purchase of basic necessities.

The lockdown will affect approximately two million Austriathey are 8.9 million inhabitants and last 10 days before being examined.

On Friday, the government announced plans to lock the unvaccinated in two regions – Upper Austria and Salzburg – but now it has been extended to the rest of the country.

Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe and an average of seven days COVID infection rate of 775.5 per 100,000 people. The UK equivalent is currently 348.7 per 100,000.

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Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced the measures on Sunday. Pic: AP

Ministers hope the new measures will encourage people to get vaccinated and start reducing case levels.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna on Sunday: “It is our job as the Austrian government to protect the people. Therefore we have decided that starting on Monday … there will be a blockade for the unvaccinated.”

Police will be told to monitor people’s activities and fine them up to 1,200 pounds (1,450 euros) for breaking the rules, Schallenberg added.

Schallenberg pointed out that while the seven-day infection rate for vaccinated people has declined in the past few days, for the unvaccinated the number is on the rise.

“The rate for the unvaccinated is over 1,700, while for the vaccinated it is 383,” he said.

He also called on people who have already been vaccinated to receive booster vaccinations, arguing that otherwise “we will never get out of this vicious circle.”

There has been growing concern over the rise in coronavirus cases in Europe, with the Netherlands entering a partial three-week lockdown and officials considering new restrictions in Germany.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week that he fears that “storm clouds gathering over parts of the European continent” could reach the UK if more people don’t take the boosters.

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