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

Today in Austria: A round up of the latest news on Tuesday
A young woman skateboards at Karlsplatz (Charles' Square) in Vienna. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP))
Find out what's going on on Tuesday  in Austria with The Local's short roundup of the news. 

New rules for opening Austria unveiled

The government has unveiled its rules for when restaurants, hotels, sport, events and schools fully open up on May 19th. 

READ MORE: What will the rules be when Austria eases restrictions on May 19th?

Many employees in schools and kindergartens still waiting for vaccine

Schools are due to return to full operation on May 17th, however, many employees in schools and kindergartens have not been vaccinated, according to the APA agency. In Carinthia, Tyrol and Vorarlberg around a third of staff has not received a vaccination, in Upper Austria half are still unvaccinated.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz previously announced that the teachers should be vaccinated by the end of April.

Teacher representative Paul Kimberger told the agency many did not wish to be vaccinated with AstraZenenca and predicted willingness would increase if another vaccine was offered. 

Coronavirus ‘lollipop’ tests to be available in all Lower Austrian kindergartens

Coronavirus ‘lollipop’ tests (Schleckertests) will be available in all kindergartens in Lower Austria from next week.

Participation is voluntary. The move follows a successful pilot project in five kindergartens, broadcaster ORF reports. 

READ MORE: Lollipop tests, Austria starts coronavirus testing in kindergartens

Lowest number of new infections since October

A total of 820 new infections with the coronavirus was reported on Monday. So far, 10,392 people have died as a result of the coronavirus. There are currently 1,254 people in hospital treatment due to the coronavirus, 386 of them in intensive care units.

READ MORE: How Covid 19 numbers are improving in Austria

EMA could approve coronavirus vaccine for teenagers by June

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) could approve the Biontech / Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds this month according to EMA boss Emer Cooke in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt and several other European newspapers.

The target for approval is currently June. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency approval on Monday, the lowest daily value since October 5th. For the first time in seven months, the seven-day incidence fell below 100.


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