No question about it: the situation in the intensive care units is tense, but not nearly as dramatic everywhere as in Salzburg and Upper Austria. Nevertheless, the red-led states want to support a nationwide lockdown, among other things out of “solidarity”, as Burgenland’s district court Hans Peter Doskozil says. Only free state chiefs hold against it and could thus avert a nationwide lockdown at the last second: the ÖVP-led states of Lower Austria, Tirol and Styria.
Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) and Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) were already on Thursday evening Tiroler Achensee to discuss the next steps with the state representatives who had met for the governor’s conference. How the deliberations will end will be discussed in a press conference in Tirol announced. There was resistance to an Austria-wide lockdown in the ranks of the ÖVP: Chancellor Schallenberg has repeatedly spoken out against extending the exit restrictions already in place for the unvaccinated to include those who have been vaccinated.