AKIPRESS.COM - About two million people who have not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have been placed in lockdown in Austria as the country faces a surge in cases.
"We are not taking this step lightly, but unfortunately it is necessary," Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said, BBC reports.
Unvaccinated people will only be permitted to leave home for limited reasons, like working or buying food.
About 65% of Austria's population is fully vaccinated - one of the lowest rates in Western Europe.
Meanwhile, the seven-day infection rate is more than 800 cases per 100,000 people, which is one of the highest in Europe.
Overall, Europe has again become the region most seriously affected by the pandemic and several countries are introducing restrictions and warning of rising cases.
However, the UK, which has one of the highest Covid infection rates, has yet to reintroduce restrictions, despite health leaders calling for rules like mandatory face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces to be brought back to avoid a winter crisis.