The announcement was made by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. He asked the Austrians not to meet with anyone outside the house where they live to try to stop the growth of new cases of COVID-19 as soon as possible, according to BBC.
Kurz also acknowledged that the government has lost control, after it became clear that it can no longer conduct epidemiological investigations for most confirmed cases.
“The truth is that the authorities are no longer able to investigate 77% of new infections, which means that the authorities no longer know where these infections occur,” said the Austrian leader.
The new measures will take effect on Tuesday. They provide for the closure of all schools and the cessation of all non-essential activities until at least 6 December.
On Friday, Austria recorded a daily record of 9,586 new SARS-CoV-2 infections. The figure is nine times higher than the record number of cases recorded in the first wave of the spring pandemic. To date, more than 191,000 cases and 1,661 deaths from COVID-19 have been confirmed.