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Austrian media report full COVID-19 lockdown coming as decision looms

VIENNA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Some Austrian media reported on Friday that a full COVID-19 lockdown would be put in place from Monday, pending a government announcement later in the day whether it would take that step amid record contamination levels.

About 66% of the Austrian population is fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe. The infections are among the highest on the continent, with a seven-day incidence of 971.5 per 100,000 people, and daily cases continue to set records.

Austria’s two worst-hit provinces, Salzburg and Upper Austria, have already said they will introduce their own lockdowns on Monday and are urging the national government to do the same at the national level.

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The governors of Austria’s nine provinces will meet Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg and Health Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein on Friday and will announce at a press conference at 12:30 PM (1130 GMT) whether a national lockdown will be imposed.

Austria introduced a lockdown for unvaccinated people on Monday, but the number of infections remained well above the previous high of a year ago, when the country went into a national lockdown.

Several newspapers, including the Kleine Zeitung and the influential gossip magazine Kronen Zeitung, said officials had agreed overnight that a lockdown would be imposed from Monday, initially for 10 days.

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Reporting by Francois Murphy Editing by Mark Potter

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