COVID digest: Austria lifts lockdown for the unvaccinated
Although infections are soaring, Austria says it will end a lockdown specifically for the unvaccinated. Meanwhile, more cases have been announced in Beijing ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Follow DW for more.
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer on Wednesday announced that a lockdown specifically for unvaccinated people is to come to an end next week.
The decision was announced ahead of a Cabinet meeting of the conservative-green federal government.
Nehammer said people without a vaccination against the coronavirus can leave their homes from Monday without a good reason. However, they will still be barred from large parts of public life, including restaurants and non-essential retail.
Next week, Denmark plans to lift all remaining restrictions on covida-19. Odlučilli is taking this step after similar notifications in the UK and the Netherlands last week, despite high numbers of infected omikronom in Europe. Two weeks ago, Denmark was already easing restrictions and allowed movie theaters and concert halls to reopen. But some rules remain, as well as the restricted operation of restaurants and the mandatory wearing of masks.