Austria imposes lockdown, mandatory vaccination amid Covid outbreak – .

Austria imposes lockdown, mandatory vaccination amid Covid outbreak – .

Belgium is highly vaccinated, at 75 percent, but an increase in cases has prompted the government to impose tighter restrictions, including more work from home and a wider mandatory mask wearing. This sparked a demonstration in Brussels on Sunday of around 35,000 people near the headquarters of the European Union. Some protesters threw stones and set on fire, police made more than 40 arrests and three policemen were injured.

Alexander de Croo, the Belgian Prime Minister, called the violence “absolutely unacceptable”. Like Mr. Rutte, he said the Belgians were free to demonstrate, but that “the way some demonstrators behaved had nothing to do with freedom”. He continued, “It had nothing to do with whether vaccination was a good thing or not, it was criminal behavior. “

In Greece, the government said on Monday that unvaccinated people would be banned from entering indoor spaces, including restaurants, cinemas, museums and gymnasiums. Vaccination certificates for people over 60 will only be valid for seven months, with people then needing booster shots to remain valid.

In Slovakia, the country’s Prime Minister, Eduard Heger, announced “containment for the unvaccinated” from Monday. Slovakia and the Czech Republic have banned unvaccinated people from restaurants, pubs, malls, public events and stores, except those selling basic necessities.

WHO. Europe chief Hans Kluge earlier this month blamed the region’s woes on insufficient vaccination despite vaccine availability, and said the continent could see half a million more deaths by February .

“We need to change our tactics, to react to outbreaks of Covid-19 to prevent them from happening in the first place,” he said.


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