MAPS: How many patients are in intensive care where you live in Austria?

How many people are being treated for Covid-19 in your Austrian state - and how many are in intensive care?

MAPS: How many patients are in intensive care where you live in Austria?
Austrian medics take care of two French patients infected with the novel coronavirus upon their arrival at Salzburg's airport. Image: BARBARA GINDL / APA / AFP

The number of patients in intensive care in Austria has increased by 40 percent within a week, significantly increasing the risk of ‘preventable deaths’ due to coronavirus. 

Authorities say the clock is ticking until the country exhausts its ICU (intensive care unit) capacity. The consequence of doing so would be a spike in “preventable deaths”, says Austrian intensive care representative body ÖGARI. 

After a 40 percent increase in the number of patients in intensive care in Austria, beds are currently at 24 percent capacity. 

READ: Austria warns of 'preventable deaths' as hospitalisation rates skyrocket 

According to Austria’s Health Minister Rudolf Anschober, an occupancy rate of 60 to 70 percent would be critical. 

The Minister said the capacities of ICU facilities were currently the most important instrument in controlling the virus. 

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday that hospitalisation rates would be the key factor in deciding whether to pursue another lockdown. 

UPDATED: Where are Austria's coronavirus hotspots? 

Currently, 203 ICU beds were being used in Austria. At the peak in the spring, the occupancy was 288. 

The Austrian Health Department has forecast that 243 intensive care beds will be utilised by November 4th – although this would be at a rate of five new ICU admissions per day, lower than the current rate of eight per day. 

What is the intensive care situation in the individual states? 

As at October 27th, there are 203 people being treated in intensive care beds in Austria. 

More than a third – 75 are in the capital of Vienna. 

There are 30 in Upper Austria, Lower Austria and 29 in Styria. 

Statistik: Anzahl Aufnahmen in Intensivstationen aufgrund des Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Österreich nach Bundesland (Stand: 27. Oktober 2020, 9:30 CEST) | Statista
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What about hospitalisation rates? 

Hospitalisations for Covid-19 are also on the rise. 

In total, there are currently 1,569 people being treated for Covid-19 in hospital in Austria. 

The most – 362 – are in Vienna, followed closely by 361 in Upper Austria. 

228 patients are being treated in hospital in Lower Austria, along with 225 in Styria. 

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EXPLAINED: How to register for the monkeypox vaccine in Vienna

Austria's capital city Vienna has begun registration appointments for those who want to get a monkeypox vaccine. Here's what you need to know.

EXPLAINED: How to register for the monkeypox vaccine in Vienna

As of September 9th, people can make reservations for monkeypox vaccination in Vienna, authorities announced. It is possible to register for the vaccine using the health service line by calling 1450 or via the Impfservice website.

The City of Vienna has said the pre-registration is needed because all planning will be done through a central system due to a shortage of vaccines.

“Please understand that due to the vaccine shortage, we cannot offer preventive monkeypox vaccination to everyone interested. We can use the reservation platform to quickly allocate available appointments and contact interested parties as soon as there are more vaccines”, the authorities said.

After the registration, people will be contacted to book appointments on September 14th. The first available date will be September 19th.

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Who should be vaccinated against monkeypox?

Vaccination of the general population is currently not recommended.

Preventive vaccination is only offered to health care workers with a very high risk of exposure to people with monkeypox (designated monkeypox departments/outpatient clinics/offices) and persons with individual risk behaviour (persons with frequently changing sexual contacts), the City of Vienna said.

The health authorities in Vienna also have a specific information sheet in English with more information on the disease.

Monkeypox is a notifiable disease caused by a virus closely related to the smallpox virus and which can cause a condition similar to smallpox but rarely deadly. People with immunodeficiencies, pregnant women and children are at risk of more severe symptoms.

The virus spreads from person to person through contact with infectious skin lesions, via air droplets through speaking, coughing, sneezing, or other body fluids, and when having prolonged and close physical contact, e.g. through sexual intercourse.

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Usually, the first symptoms show up 5 to 14 days (at the latest, 21 days) after exposure. These include fever, general exhaustion, headaches, muscle and body aches, gastrointestinal problems and frequently painfully swollen lymph nodes.

“If you have symptoms and have had contact with someone with monkeypox, you must self-isolate at once and call 1450. If you have a confirmed monkeypox infection, you need to stay in self-isolation until the last crust has fallen off”, the Austrian authorities added.