Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced that on December 26, the country will be severely quarantined for the third time due to the coronavirus.
According to him, trade will be stopped in Austria, except for convenience stores and pharmacies, and there will be restrictions on the exit of the population from home. For citizens who agree to take part in free testing for the virus, lockdown will last until January 18, and for those who refuse tests will be in force until January 24.
Earlier, Kurz assessed the likelihood of using the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the country. The chancellor emphasized that Austrian authorities will be guided by the European vaccine procurement program.
So far, two vaccines against coronavirus infection have been registered in Russia: “Sputnik V” and “EpiVacCorona.” Vaccination with Sputnik V has already started, but people at risk – teachers and doctors – are the first to be vaccinated. The vaccination is given in two stages and the immunity develops 42 days after the first shot.