If there is no nationwide lockdown, then there will “have to be a lockdown lasting several weeks from next week”, says Upper Austria’s governor.
“We don’t have much leeway,” said Upper Austrian Governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) at the state parliament session on Thursday. The situation is “serious”. The situation in the hospitals is “extremely tense”. Tomorrow, Friday, there will be a meeting of the federal government and the states. If there is no nationwide lockdown there, then “from next week there will have to be a lockdown lasting several weeks”. Then Upper Austria and Salzburg would come to an agreement.
This lockdown should apply to everyone – both unvaccinated and vaccinated. As the “press” in Stelzer’s office asked for, the two federal states agreed on this. There will definitely be a lockdown in Upper Austria and Salzburg. Regardless, it was decided nationwide on Friday. According to reports, this line could also join other federal states. How long the lockdown will last is still open.
Stelzer announced this step in the ongoing state parliament session. There, an urgent request from Neos with the title “What goals and measures are you planning in your government as planned, managerial and planning responsibility for the entire state government in order to advance the corona crisis management until the end of the year?” Was strongly criticized Neos. “How did you get that far?”, “How could you fail like that?”, Neos MP Felix Eypeltauer.
The governor defended himself. Of course, you prepared yourself in the summer. The test capacities have been expanded and hundreds of employees have been hired for contact traicing. But: “Like everyone else, we were not prepared for this wave of this dimension,” said Stelzer, actually self-critically. The extreme increase in the number of cases was “not foreseeable”.
In the course of the afternoon there should be a press conference on the more detailed plans.