The Hill, by Jordan Williams: Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg says he is considering imposing a lockdown on people who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus if case numbers continue to rise, The Associated Press reported.
In a meeting with state-level leaders on Friday, Schallenberg said the country would limit entrance into businesses to those who are vaccinated if the number of COVID patients in intensive care reaches is 25 percent of the country’s total ICU capacity, which is 500.
Unvaccinated residents would only be allowed to leave their homes for specific reasons if the number of patients in intensive care reaches 600, or one-third of total capacity, the AP added.
“The pandemic is not yet in the rearview mirror,” Schallenberg said, according to the AP. “We are about to stumble into a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
According to Bloomberg, 220 ICU beds are currently occupied in Austria. The seven-day average of cases this week was 2,869, up from the average of 1,830 as of Oct. 1.
Just over 65 percent of Austrians have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 62 percent are fully vaccinated, Bloomberg notes.
The country lags behind much of western Europe but is far ahead of eastern European countries who have been struggling with infections recently.
The unvaccinated are being separated for treatment different from the vaccinated. Perhaps they will not be able to shop, or visit friends and relatives, or travel. Will Sabbath keepers be separated for similar treatment?
“We have no time to lose. The end is near. The passage from place to place to spread the truth will soon be hedged with dangers on the right hand and on the left. Everything will be placed to obstruct the way of the Lord’s messengers, so that they will not be able to do that which it is possible for them to do now.” Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 6, page 22.