New cases of coronavirus continue to be recorded across the country.
As a result, Austria’s Coronavirus Commission switched four districts to ‘red’ on the country’s Corona Traffic Light for the first time.
Hallein (Salzburg), Wels-Stadt (Upper Austria) Innsbruck-Stadt and Innsbruck-Land (Tyrol) have become the first districts to be denoted as red under the country’s Corona Traffic Light scheme.
How many new cases recorded (as at Friday, October 16th)?
A total of 933 cases were recorded in the 24 hours to Friday.
While the numbers are high by historical standards, they remain lower than the record numbers seen earlier this week.
A total of 1,346 new cases were recorded on Wednesday, which was a record number for Austria over a 24-hour period since the start of the pandemic.
That record was then broken on Thursday when 1,552 cases were recorded.
It is important to note that while this week has seen higher case numbers, this does not necessarily equate to more infections due to increases in testing.
A total of 16,119 tests were carried out from Thursday to Friday in Austria, meaning the country has a test positive rate of 5.8 percent.
Where are Austria’s emerging hotspots?
The highest case numbers over the past 24 hours recorded on Friday morning were in Upper Austria, where there were 238 new detected infections.
Vienna had the next highest figures, with 230 new recorded infections.
Tyrol (206), Salzburg (165), Styria (145), Vorarlberg (76), Lower Austria (53), Burgenland (25) and Carinthia (25) all rounded out the list.
Which states are hardest hit?
The hardest hit states in Austria tend to be the most populous, although a per capita figure shows how the virus has spread across the country.
Over the past seven days, the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants – a more accurate metric used to determine the spread of the virus – shows that Vienna, Tirol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg have been the hardest hit.
Austria itself has a rate of 89.9 infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days – well over the ‘high risk’ threshold of neighbouring Germany and Switzerland.
The situation is particularly acute in Vienna (139.2), Tirol (117), Salzburg (113.3) and Vorarlberg (100.9).
Only two states – Styria (45.1) and Carinthia (46.4) – are below 50, Germany’s threshold for determining if a country or region is high risk.
The following map shows the infection rates over the past seven days in Austria’s nine states (per 100,000 residents).
Stay tuned to The Local for updated case numbers and information on lockdown restrictions across Austria.