Austria is putting all unvaccinated residents into lockdown from midnight on Sunday, the government has said.
Anyone over the age of 12 who has not been double-jabbed will only be allowed to leave their homes for work, school, exercise and buying essential supplies.
The lockdown will affect around two million of Austria‘s 8.9 million population and last for 10 days before being reviewed.
On Friday, the government announced plans to lockdown the unvaccinated in two regions – Upper Austria and Salzburg – but this has now been extended to the rest of the country.
Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in western Europe and a seven-day average COVID infection rate of 775.5 per 100,000 people. The UK equivalent is currently 348.7 per 100,000.
Ministers hope the new measures will encourage people to get vaccinated and start to curb case levels.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna on Sunday: “It’s our job as the government of Austria to…