July 14, 2024

Brazil announces a “scary moment” after Austria’s decision to close its fourth | Santos and the region

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Brazil announces a "scary moment" after Austria's decision to close its fourth |  Santos and the region
Brazil announces a "scary moment" after Austria's decision to close its fourth |  Santos and the region

Marcia Elizabeth Litt Temel is a retired lawyer in the state of São Paulo, born in Santos, on the coast of São Paulo. She has lived in Vienna for more than three years, is married to an Austrian, and says she was not surprised by the new procedure, as there was resistance from the population to receiving the vaccination agent, causing hospitals to be overwhelmed.

Although it’s no surprise, the Brazilian says it was difficult to go through confinement again. In the country, the use of masks was already optional in some places, and activities are gradually returning.

Marcia and her Austrian husband live in Vienna – Photo: Personal Archive / Marcia Teml

With Austria’s new lockdown decision, Brazilians comment that only supermarkets and services are considered essential business without restrictions. “To go places, it is necessary Use a professional mask. He adds that the cloth is not correct.”

In education, schools remain open, but families of children can opt for online classes or in-person. If they choose to teach face to face, this is necessary Current PCR test or negative antigen To enter any school environment.

“It’s a scary moment, because you can’t see when all of this is going to pass,” says Marcia Elizabeth.

Thousands have taken to the streets of Vienna, Austria, to protest the new lockdown – Photo: Lisa Leutner/AP

In addition to the lockdown decision, the Austrian government has announced that from February 2022, vaccination against Covid-19 will be mandatory. As a result, thousands of people staged protests in the country. In the capital Vienna alone, about 40,000 people took part in last Saturday’s rallies (20).

“It was comical,” says the Brazilian. Marcia puts in context that on the same day of the protest, there was a substantive event, also in public, in Vienna. While it was mandatory for the event to provide proof of vaccination and an identity document, at the protest, people were “totally crowded,” as well as not wearing face shields.

Vienna Street on the first day of closing, November 22, 2021 – Photo: Lizzie Nessner/Reuters

Marcia is still breathing from the pain of not seeing her family for so long. She explained that she had to postpone two flights due to the pandemic, and that her family could not visit her either. “Very difficult,” he says. “Cruel longing.”

“I haven’t seen my family for two years. We have a scheduled trip to Brazil in January, and it’s been planned since July. Since everything that’s happening here is happening after three months in Brazil, I despaired of the possibility of a wave of COVID-19 and a new lockdown in Brazil,” he concludes. Beginning of next year in Brazil, our flights will be canceled again.”

Marcia, husband and dog in a park in Vienna – Photo: Personal Archive / Marcia Teml

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