Amid a national lockdown of the unvaccinated, police in Austria are patrolling stores and stopping cars to check the vaccination status of citizens and residents.
An Austrian television news report showed officers stopping shoppers at a retail outlet and ordering them to display on their smartphones verification that they had been vaccinated for COVID-19.
Reacting to a spike in COVID cases and ICU patients, Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Sunday that people who are unvaccinated can leave their homes only for “essential reasons” such as shopping for food.
“In reality we have told one third of the population: You will not leave your apartment anymore apart from for certain reasons. That is a massive reduction in contacts between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated,” Schallenberg said.
Anyone caught away from home without proof of vaccination faces fines of 500 euros, or about $572. Anyone who refuses to be checked can be fined an additional 1,450 euros ($1,658), BBC News reported.
An estimated 37% of the population of the Central European nation is unvaccinated.
See the Austrian news report:
Austrian police hunt for The Unvaccinated, who have been confined to their homes and face fines of $1660 for being in public (except when working).
And the human rights industry, the EU, US and much of the int’l left are silent, if not quietly approving. pic.twitter.com/Wc26Eh09EC
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) November 16, 2021
The nation’s interior minister, Karl Nehammer, issued a stern warning to the Austrian people at a news conference Sunday.
“As of tomorrow, every citizen, every person living in Austria, must be aware that they can be checked by the police at any time,” he said.
See Nehammer’s announcement:
“Every Person in Austria must be aware that they can be checked by the police at any time”
– Interior Minister.
— Bernie’s Tweets (@BernieSpofforth) November 15, 2021
A Twitter user who says she lives in Austria, Anna S. Phillips, said she is “20 years old and healthy yet the government denies my freedom.”
“I see too many thanking the government for stepping in, for taking care of the situation, the unhinged unvaccinated,” she wrote. “This country hasn’t learned one lesson of its own history and it shows.”
In neighboring Germany, Reuters reported, the federal government and leaders of Germany’s 16 states will meet next week to discuss tightening measures against the spread of COVID-19.
Germany already requires people coming from Austria to go into quarantine, a major blow to Austria’s winter tourism.
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