The most populous nation, the German health minister has warned the public that they could be “vaccinated, cured or dead” from COVID-19 by time winter comes to an end. European countries have imposed restrictions on the rising number of illnesses.

“Probably by the end of this winter, as is sometimes cynically said, pretty much everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, cured or dead,” Jens Spahn stated, while urging more Germans to take the vaccine.

As the beds for intensive care fill quickly, the worst-hit regions have ordered new shut-downs which include the closure for Christmas-time markets.

In areas that have high hospitalisation rates, those non-vaccinated are barred from public areas such as cinemas, gyms, and indoor eating establishments.

The incoming Minister of Finance Angela Merkel warned that Germany’s COVID regulations, which currently include banning people who are not vaccinated from certain public areas “are not enough”.

“We have a highly dramatic situation” since newly diagnosed infections “double every 12 days”, Merkel told a meeting of the leaders of her Conservative CDU party, as per the participants.

The most populous nation, Germany added another 30,643 cases on Monday, as per the Robert Koch Institute health agency increasing the number of cases since the beginning of the epidemic to over 5.3 million.

Nearly 100,000 people have perished in the last 24 hours, with 62 deaths in the last 24 hours. “We have a very, very difficult situation in many hospitals,” Spahn declared.

Monday’s shift in the Alpine nation comes at a time when death rates have tripled in the past few weeks. Hospitals in the hardest hit states warn that their intensive-care units are reaching capacity.

The lockdown will last for at minimum 10-days but it could be extended to 20 days, officials said. This means that Austria one of the few Western European country to reimpose the complete shutdown since vaccines were widely accessible.

As per the regulations, people are allowed to leave their homes only to attend certain events, such as purchasing groceries, going to the doctor or exercise.

A mere 66 % from Austria’s 8.9 million inhabitants are fully vaccine-free, and vaccination rates have been declining at among the most low levels across Western Europe.

In the midst of locking down, Austria is also introducing the requirement for vaccination on February 1st in an effort to reduce the rate of transmission and make Austria the very first European nation to have vaccination against COVID-19 as an legally binding obligation.