(AUSTRIA) #Coronavirus Report: Tens of thousands of people have staged a protest against measures to curb the spread of #COVID19 including mandatory vaccinations #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.13: Last month Austria became the first western European country to reimpose a lockdown for those who are vaccinated, which ends on Sunday: But restrictions will continue for unvaccinated people.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to BBC World Health News Report: Police say about 44,000 people rallied in the capital, Vienna, the fourth straight weekend of demonstrations and are one of the first EU countries to include mandatory vaccines …

Protesters rally against Covid restrictions and mandatory vaccination outside the Hofburg Palace
Protesters gathered outside the Hofburg Palace in the capital, Vienna

The protesters, backed by the far-right Freedom Party, are against the government’s decision to make Covid-19 jabs mandatory from February.

The country is the first in the EU to adopt such a measure, which applies to all residents older than 14, except in the case of a dispensation for health reasons.

Opponents say people should have the freedom to decide for themselves whether to be vaccinated. The government says nobody will be vaccinated by force but those who refuse the jab will receive fines of up to €3,600 (£3.070; $4,000).

Protesters carried banners saying “No to compulsory vaccination” and chanted “We are the people,” and “resistance”. Smaller demonstrations were held in the cities of Klagenfurt and Linz.

Austria, with a population of 8.9 million people, has confirmed 1.2 million infections and more than 13,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University.

About 68% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe.

#AceHealthDesk report ………….Published: Dec.12: 2021:

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