Austria angers many with full lockdown and Germany may follow suit By Reuters

 Austria angers many with full lockdown and Germany may follow suit By Reuters
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© Reuters. People wait in front of a vaccination bus during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak as Austria’s government has imposed a lockdown on people who are not fully vaccinated, in Vienna, Austria, November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

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By Francois Murphy and Paul Carrel

VIENNA/BERLIN (Reuters) -Austria will become the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full COVID-19 lockdown, it said on Friday as neighbouring Germany warned it may follow suit, sending shivers through financial markets worried about the economic fallout.

Europe has again become the epicentre of the pandemic, accounting for half of global cases and deaths. A fourth wave of infections has plunged Germany, Europe’s largest economy, into a national emergency, Health Minister Jens Spahn said, warning that vaccinations alone will not cut case numbers.

Austria said it in addition to lockdown it would require the whole population to…

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