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The charts and maps that explain the state of the pandemic in Austria

Here's a brief look at the state of play in Austria using graphs and maps as the country sees a surge in new Covid-19 infections.

The charts and maps that explain the state of the pandemic in Austria
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The overall state of play

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Austria has reported a total of 57,762 cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began, although the real number is likely higher given the problems with testing.

That number includes 13,155 cases in the last two weeks up to October 15th.

There has been 879 deaths linked to Covid-19 infections in Austria wince the pandemic began.

 

 

Around Europe

The below map shows the infection rate per 100,000 people over the last two weeks. The rate in Austria is among the highest – that is to say over 120 cases per 100,000 in the last two weeks.

New coronavirus cases

The chart shows the number of confirmed daily cases since the pandemic began. Although it's important to note that far more tests are being carried out now than back in the spring, which obviously can affect the chart.

 
Coronavirus deaths
 
This chart shows the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Austria since the pandemic began. 
 
 
 
Testing

The chart below shows the number of tests carried out per 1,000 people in Austria since the pandemic began.

 
Comparing Austria

The maps below allow you to compare the evolution of the virus in Austria over the last two weeks compared to elsewhere in Europe and around the world.

 

How strict has Austria been:

The chart below gives an idea of how strict the Austrian government has been in introducing measures aimed to stem the spread of the virus.

It shows how the governmental response has changed over time and the Government Stringency Index – a composite measure of the strictness of policy responses. 

The index on any given day is calculated as the mean score of nine policy measures, each taking a value between 0 and 100.

The nine metrics used to calculate the Government Stringency Index are: school closures; workplace closures; cancellation of public events; restrictions on public gatherings; closures of public transport; stay-at-home requirements; public information campaigns; restrictions on internal movements; and international travel controls.

Here the Austrian government reaction is compared to that of neighbours Switzerland and Germany.

To view more charts, maps and graphs on Austria's Covid-19 situation you can visit Our World in Data.

 

 

 

 

 

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Austria in shock over doctor’s suicide following anti-vax abuse

Austrians expressed shock and anger this week over the suicide of doctor who had been the target of a torrent of abuse and threats from anti-vaccination protesters.

Austria in shock over doctor's suicide following anti-vax abuse

The bells of Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral rang out in memory of Lisa-Maria Kellermayr on Monday, and hundreds of people held a candle vigil outside, after the 36-year-old doctor was found dead at her practice on July 29.

She had long been the target of death threats because of her criticism of the widespread anti-lockdown protests of 2021.

An autopsy later confirmed that Kellermayr had taken her own life.

Austria has found itself deeply polarised over coronavirus restrictions and in particular a government policy –subsequently dropped — of making vaccination against the coronavirus compulsory.

Kellermayr — whose practice was in the region of Upper Austria where immunisation rates are particularly low — had frequently complained of the menace.

“For more than seven months, we have been receiving… death threats from those opposed to coronavirus measures and vaccinations,” she wrote at the time, sharing a message from one internet user who said they would pose as a patient in order to attack her and her staff.

She described how she had “invested more than 100,000 euros” ($102,000) in measures to ensure her patients’ safety and was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Then, at the end of June, Kellermayr announced on her professional website that she would not be seeing patients until further notice.

Daniel Landau, who organised a memorial vigil for her in Vienna, said that Kellermayr had become a virtual recluse for several weeks. “She didn’t dare to leave” her office, Landau told AFP.

Fanning the aggression

On Saturday, the head of Austria’s doctors’ association, Johannes Steinhart, said that while aggressive behaviour towards medical staff was not new, it had been “fired up and noticeably aggravated” by the debate over Covid-19 and vaccines.

The police, who had previously suggested Kellermayr was exploiting the situation for attention, insist they did everything to protect her. The local prosecutor’s office also rejected suggestions it could have done more.

“As soon as we received the police report (identifying one of the suspects), we sent it over to the relevant authorities in Germany,” spokesman Christoph Weber said.

On Friday, prosecutors in the neighbouring German state of Bavaria said a 59-year-old suspect was being investigated by a specialist hate speech unit.

At the beginning of the week, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen visited the small town of Seewalchen where Kellermayr lived to lay flowers in her memory.

After news of her death broke, he had appealed to Austrians to “put an end to intimidation and fear”.

‘They’re gagging us’

But on some Telegram groups, the hateful messages continue.

“Some people are celebrating her death; others believe the vaccine killed her,” said Ingrid Brodnig, a journalist and author who investigates online disinformation.

“Stricts laws exist” already against online hate, but not enough is done to implement them, Brodnig said.

One government minister has floated the idea of a separate prosecutor’s office to target such cases. Doctors and researchers have also been targeted elsewhere.

French infectious disease specialist, Karine Lacombe, described how she had been vilified for her work as part of a collective of doctors combatting coronavirus-related disinformation.

She, too, complained that the response from the authorities in the face of threats was not robust enough, and has scaled down her public appearances this year.

“You end up thinking that the risk isn’t worth it,” she told AFP. “In that sense (the aggressors) have won, they are gagging us,” she said.

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