Austrian residents unvaccinated against COVD-19 have been placed under lockdown and can only leave their homes for limited reasons, such as working or shopping for essentials.
The restrictions will affect around 2 million people, approximately a quarter of the country, and comes as the nation struggles with a surge in infections and the growing strain on intensive-care units.
"We feel compelled to make this drastic, this difficult cut," Austria's Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said at a news conference. "The aim is to minimize contact between the unvaccinated and vaccinated, but also between the unvaccinated."
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