Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland extend lockdown
As The Local reported on Tuesday, due to pressure on Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland’s intensive care units, the lockdown in the eastern states will be extended until April 18th.
Non-essential retail, hairdressers and other “body-hugging” service providers, museums and zoos will remain closed, and schools will stay switched to distance learning.
Hospitals under stress since second wave, says intensive care doctor
Viennese intensive care physician Thomas Staudinger has given an interview to the radio programme Ö1 Morgenjournal in which he says intensive care units in the city have been under stress since the second wave in the autumn.
He says planned treatments have had to be postponed due to the large number of coronavirus patients in Vienna’s hospitals, Der Standard reports.
The city-state’s ICUs currently include 224 coronavirus patients, the highest number since the pandemic began, reports Austrian news agency ORF. However, the Ministry of Health expects the number to climb to 270 by 14th April.
Vienna’s Mayor says many patients in city’s hospitals come from other states
Vienna’s mayor Michael Ludwig wrote in a Facebook post that in many of Vienna’s hospitals between 15 and 40 percent of patients already come from other states.
The government held a summit with other states on Tuesday to try and distribute intensive care patients from heavily used federal states in the east to less affected ones in the rest of the country, Der Standard reports.
Openings in May still “realistic” says Kurz
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz still believes it will be possible to open up culture, restaurants and hotels in May in Austria, despite the pressure in Austria’s hospitals in the eastern states. However, he says the measures depend on the number of infections.
There will be further discussion of possible opening steps in two weeks by a commission, including social partners, the association of cities and municipalities and the chairman of the governor’s conference, Der Standard reports.
Infections still high throughout Austria
Every state in Austria has a seven-day incidence rate of more than 100 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the country’s broadcaster ORF. Vorarlberg has the lowest seven day incidence (127.2), while Vienna has the largest number of coronavirus infections (322.8). The seven day incidence across Austria is 233.8.