Today in Austria: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday

Today in Austria: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
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Find out what's going on in Austria today with The Local's short round-up of the news.

Vorarlberg set to open restaurants and events

Events with up to 100 people and indoor as well as outdoor dining will be allowed in Vorarlberg from 15th March as the Austrian state with the fewest coronavirus infections opens up as a pilot project.

People visiting restaurants will be required to have a recent antigen test from a test centre.

To attend an event, a self-test will be allowed in digital form.

However, the 8pm curfew will remain, meaning evening meals or events will not be possible, according to APA. Restrictions remain in place for weddings, though sports clubs will open for children. 

Exit restrictions start for Hermagor district. 

As from 5am this morning, you need a negative coronavirus test or certificate to leave the Hermagor district in Carinthia. The district  has seen a huge rise in the number of coronavirus infections.

According to the AGES dashboard, the seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in the Hermagor district as of Tuesday morning was 592.7. The exit controls ordered by Governor Peter Kaiser will be in place  until 18th March. 

Vaccine scepticism in Vienna?

Around 1,000 Viennese people did not come to their scheduled coronavirus vaccine appointment last week, according to broadcaster ORF and newspaper Heute.

There are concerns that scepticism about the AstraZeneca vaccine could be the reason, although some may not have come because of illness or because they forgot, according to a spokesman for Vienna’s health councillor Peter Hacker.

The city says no vaccine was wasted, as it was given to people on the waiting list. 

Registration deadline for summer school looms

Parents who want to register their children for catch up lessons in German and maths over the summer have until Friday to do so.

The lessons will be targeted at children with problems in German and mathematics at elementary schools, middle schools and lower AHS levels who were left behind during the pandemic.

The summer school will starts in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland on 23rd August, and in the other federal states on August 30. You can register here

Coronavirus update

According to the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), the 7-day incidence, or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 184.

The number is highest in Salzburg (236), Vienna (221.8) and Lower Austria (212.6). The value is still lowest in Vorarlberg (73.3) and Tyrol (114.2).

The corona dashboard shows 582.407 people have had their first dose of coronavirus vaccine, around 6 percent of the population.  248.248 people have had both doses.


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