Austria: Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus must now report it to authorities

Austria: Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus must now report it to authorities
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz shows you how to hold a test. Photo: ALEX HALADA / AFP
Austria has introduced a new coronavirus requirement, requiring everyone who tests positive to notify authorities.

Austria has put in place a series of changes to the Covid-19 Measures Act and the Epidemic Act. 

Among other things, these changes require that people in certain professions be tested regularly – or wear an FFP2 mask as a mandatory requirement. 

READ MORE: Which professions must get tested or wear an FFP2 mask? 

The changes also require that anyone who tests positive for coronavirus in an at home test is legally required to report it to the authorities. 

According to the new change in the law “if there is a positive result after an antigen test for self-application, the person concerned must inform the health authority immediately.”

As reported in The Local Austria on Thursday, Austria is rolling out free ‘home’ coronavirus testing. 

This includes providing free tests to school students and free tests to be distributed at pharmacies. 

Austria to make coronavirus tests available free at pharmacies 

According to the new regulation, anyone who tests positive at home with one of these antigen tests will be required to notify authorities. 

When doing so, authorities will be able to inform those who have tested positive as to what their next steps will be, i.e. whether to take a PCR test to confirm the infection or to order the person to quarantine. 

 


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