HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The rising COVID-19 cases have forced Austria to reimpose lockdown
  • Germany is also likely to undergo a lockdown
  • In the Netherlands, the government is allowing only those who are vaccinated

In Europe once again, COVID-19 seems to be spreading like a wildfire with Austria already announcing its plan to reimpose a full lockdown. On monitoring the situation and hearing the decision, Germany has also warned it is most likely to follow the suit.

As of Friday, Austria reported 15,809 fresh COVID-19 cases. The rising figures forced the government to take the stern decision. The 10-day lockdown will be Austria’s fourth nationwide lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic. Talking to the media about the scenario, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg mentioned that they did not succeed in convincing enough people to get vaccinated.

In another scenario, Germany is also suffering from the fourth wave of COVID-19. Expressing concern over the rising cases, Health Minister Jens Spahn said that Germany is likely to undergo a lockdown. “We are now in a situation, even if this produces a news alert where we can’t rule anything out. We are in a national emergency,” Spahn replied.

Amid the rising COVID-19 cases in Europe, other countries across the globe have also expressed concern. In the Netherlands, the government is allowing only those who are vaccinated. Back on Friday night, the protests in the Netherlands over the Covid curbs turned violent forcing the Dutch police to take action.

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