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The unvaccinated will be recognizable by their masks in Austria

Unvaccinated people will be labeled in the Alpine republic. In contrast to those who have been vaccinated, the unvaccinated will have to wear FFP2 masks in shops, which make breathing more difficult than with conventional medical masks.

Published: September 10, 2021, 11:16 am

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    “FFP2 masks will be available again from September 15– but only for unvaccinated people,” according to the Kleine Zeitung.

    “We cannot, do not want to and will not limit ourselves forever, but have to rely on vaccination,” said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) according to the newspaper. It was also “absolutely necessary” because “protection” through vaccines would otherwise be lost. For unvaccinated people there will be a step-by-step plan based on the occupancy figures in the intensive care units. “Everything has already been done for those who have been vaccinated,” said the head of government. For them there will be no restrictions.

    The government assumes that by September 15, ten percent of the intensive care beds will be occupied and the FFP2 mask will again be compulsory. “In any shop, this is only a recommendation for those who have been vaccinated, but it is mandatory for those who have not been vaccinated. The police will be doing random checks,” the report noted.

    In future, antigen tests will only be valid for 24 hours instead of the previous 48, as reported by Bayerischer Rundfunk. If 15 percent of the intensive care beds are occupied, 2G-rules apply: Only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered have access to the nightly catering and events at which there are no assigned seats.

    Even stricter rules will be in force from 20 percent occupancy of intensive care beds. “Local sporting events, concerts and much more should then only be open to the vaccinated and convalescent people – or to people who can present a current PCR test. So far, the antigen self-tests known as ‘living room tests’ have been sufficient in Austria.”

    The fact that unvaccinated people will be identifiable by the obligation to wear FFP2 masks, could lead to massive discrimination and even attacks. This means that a new threshold of exclusion and pressure has been reached – when people are actually publicly marked on the basis of refusing a dangerous and very risky medical intervention of which the long-term effects are not known.

    Politicians have been promising their voters that the vaccines might not stop infection or transmission but that they are still very effective against serious illness and death. At least 89 percent of Britons over 16 have received at least one shot and 80 percent are fully vaccinated, according to analyst Alex Berenson. This high vaccination rate has not slowed deaths in the least. On the contrary.

    All-cause-mortality is at 10 percent above normal in England and Scotland, the only regions with real-time data. This has been an alarming trend for two months now in England and Scotland where most people have been vaccinated.


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