British protesters against vaccination records gather outside the Austrian embassy in London

A crowd of protesters have gathered outside the Austrian embassy in London to oppose the reintroduction of Covid restrictions in the country amid a surge in cases.

Earlier this week, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg confirmed that millions of citizens would be banned from Monday in the face of a worrying trend in infection.

Images and footage shared on social media showed crowds of people gathering in front of the Austrian embassy in London, holding banners and waving flags and shouting: “We stand together”, “We stand with Austria” and “Shame for you “.

The footage shows rows of police officers standing in front of the embassy while protesters shouted.

Magicians and footage shared on social media showed crowds gathering outside the Austrian embassy in London

People were shown holding banners and waving flags and shouting: “We stand together”

The Metropolitan Police declined to comment.

Similar protests took place in front of the Austrian embassy in France, where crowds could be seen shouting “Liberte” (freedom).

Europe has once again become the epicenter of the pandemic, with the World Health Organization warning that the continent is the only region in the world where deaths have increased as the number of Covid-related deaths increased by five percent this week only have.

The move in Austria affects around two million unvaccinated people in the country and forbids them to leave their home except for basic activities such as work, shopping – or getting vaccinated.

It does not apply to children under the age of 12 as they cannot yet be officially vaccinated.

The leader of the French nationalist party “Les Patriotes” (The Patriots) Florian Philippot and his supporters demonstrate on November 18 in front of the Austrian embassy in Paris

Police officers stand guard in The Hague while protesters take to the streets

It came after pressure increased on the Austrian government to impose a full lockdown, when the hardest hit provinces said they would take the measure for themselves amid rising cases and reports of people dying in hospital corridors.

This week, police officers carried out routine checks across the country to prevent those who had not been stabbed from leaving their homes in criticism of “dividing society”.

The reintroduction of the measures was followed by Germany, where unvaccinated people are banned.

Ireland has also followed Austria’s example, forcing hospitality establishments such as nightclubs and pubs to close until midnight.

After the reintroduction of the blocking rules, riots broke out in Vienna

This week, police officers carried out routine checks across the country to prevent those who were not stabbed from leaving their homes

The move to Austria affects around two million unvaccinated people in the country

Europe has once again become the epicenter of the pandemic when the World Health Organization warned that the continent was the only region in the world where deaths have increased – with the number of Covid-related deaths increasing by five percent just this week have

The rules still don’t go as far as Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, where hundreds of Dutch protesters aimed a water cannon at them by police last week after protesting the partial return of the lockdown, but Taoiseach Micheal Martin has refused to rule out going further.

Ireland currently requires vaccination records to be used indoors such as restaurants and bars, but will now extend this to theaters and cinemas.

Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe, only around 65 percent of the total population is fully vaccinated.

The country has seen a worrying trend in infections in recent weeks.

Europe’s Covid winter wave struck for the first time in the east, where vaccination rates are largely lower, with Russia and Latvia being the first two nations to be banned.

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