EASTERN PEOPLE who refuse to be cracked are told that they may face another lockdown.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said that if cases continue to rise, he may be forced to issue anti-waxers with a domicile order and ban them from certain places.
Schallenberg is in a fight against time to stop ICU departments in the country from being flooded by unvaccinated Austrians.
The newly appointed Chancellor announced that if Covid -19 patients at the ICU reach 500 – or 25 percent of the country’s total ICU capacity – entry to places such as hotels and restaurants will be restricted to those who have had both jabs.
If the number reaches 600 – or a third of the total ICU capacity – the government may impose restrictions which mean that unvaccinated Austrians will have to stay at home and only leave the house for special reasons.
Currently, the number of COVID patients on ICUs is 220.
At a press conference on Friday, Schallenberg said: “The pandemic is not yet in the rearview mirror.
“We are stumbling into a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
In the past week, Austria has reported 20,408 new cases of the virus, according to health authorities, bringing the 7-day average to 228.5 per 100,000 inhabitants. One week earlier, that figure was 152.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Although the Austrian government has encouraged citizens to get vaccinated, efforts have slowed in recent months.
About 65.4 percent of the total population has received a dose of the vaccine and 62.2 percent are fully vaccinated.