Greece to impose restrictions on unvaccinated next week as Covid cases soar

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Members of the medical staff treat coronavirus disease positive patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Sotiria hospital, in Athens (REUTERS)
Members of the medical staff treat coronavirus disease positive patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Sotiria hospital, in Athens (REUTERS)

Greece will impose more restrictions for those not vaccinated against Covid-19 from next week, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday following a steep rise in infections in recent weeks.

The measures were announced by Mitsotakis in a televised address to the nation and include barring unvaccinated citizens from all indoor spaces including cinemas, museums and gyms.

Austria has imposed a controversial lockdown for around 2 million people who are unvaccinated.

Those who have not received a jab have been banned from leaving their homes for 10 days unless it is for essential reasons.

However, as cases continue to soar the country’s worst hit provinces have said they will put all citizens into lockdown in a bid to drive down infections.

Only 66 per cent of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated and its infections are among the highest in Europe.

The Netherlands has imposed a partial lockdown with bars and restaurants forced to close from 8pm. Non-essential retail and services such as hairdressers close 6pm.

Germany is also experiencing high infection rates and the government announced today that the unvaccinated will be barred from restaurants, bars, gyms, hairdressers, cinemas, theatres and events in areas with the worst hospitalisation rates.

The rate is measured by the number of people admitted to hospital with coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days.

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