The Austrian health ministry confirmed that 1,958 infections had been recorded in the 24 hours to Wednesday, Kurier reports.
This is the highest ever confirmed in a 24-hour period – eclipsing the previous record from Saturday, October 17th (1,747 new cases)
On a per capita basis, Austria has double the infections of its neighbour Germany.
Perhaps most worryingly for authorities, the rise in infections has been accompanied by an increase in hospitalisations.
There were 71 people admitted to hospital on Wednesday, bringing the total to 960. Of those, 147 are being treated in intensive care.
Situation serious in Salzburg
Over the same period, Salzburg also recorded its highest daily total of new coronavirus cases.
In the 24 hours to Wednesday, 197 people tested positive. There are currently 230 active cases for every 100,000 residents in the state.
The community of Kuchl has already been forced to quarantine, while Tennengau has been switched to red on the country’s coronavirus traffic light warning system.
Over the past seven days, Salzburg has an average of 197.4 infections per 100,000 people – the highest in Switzerland.
This is followed by Vorarlberg (178.3) and Tirol (174.6). Austria as a whole has an infection rate of 121.4 per 100,000 people over the past seven days.