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2 Austrian states, including Salzburg, to enforce COVID lockdown

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2 Austrian states, including Salzburg, to enforce COVID lockdown

Two states in Austria will restrict public life to vaccinated and unvaccinated people starting next week as hospitals strain under the latest surge in coronavirus infections. General lockdowns in the states – Salzburg and Upper Austria – go into effect a week after the country imposed sweeping restrictions on the activities of uninsured people.

“We no longer see any alternative to the lockdown starting next week,” Salzburg governor Wilfried Haslauer told Austrian news service APA on Thursday.

The general lockdown in the two states, which is expected to last at least several weeks, comes amid record caseloads. Austrian authorities on Tuesday reported 15,609 new cases in a single day across the country, a record since the pandemic began in the country. About 40 percent of these cases were in Salzburg and Upper Austria.

The exact rules were expected to be announced on Thursday afternoon.

The national opposition leader, Pamela Randy-Wagner, called for the measures to be expanded to the entire country. She said the choice was tough.

“The national government should not stand until people die because they can no longer get adequate health care,” Ms Randy-Wagner told a news conference in Vienna on Thursday.

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