Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
Schönbrunn Palace a on a sunny day in Vienna (Photo by ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP)
Find out what's going on in Austria on Thursday with The Local's short roundup of today's important news.

BioNtech/Pfizer deliveries will be delayed in June

Biontech/Pfizer will deliver 2.5 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to Austria in June, but that there are some fluctuations to the weekly delivery schedule, with lower numbers expected to arrive initially. This will be potentially mitigated by higher deliveries towards the end of the month, broadcaster ORF reports.

Austrians see the EU in a negative light

An Eurobarometer survey has found Austrians see the European Union in a negative light. Only 34 percent rate the EU positively, and only eight percent have a very positive image of the European community. In contrast, five percent of those surveyed in Austria have a very negative and 22 percent have a negative image of the European Union. 39 percent see the EU as neutral. In the opinion of the respondents, the EU should focus on access to vaccines, both in Austria and across the EU.

Mandatory vaccination for Vienna Health Association employees

The Vienna Health Association now only hires people who are willing to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Not only health workers are affected, but also administrative and cleaning staff – and everyone doing an internship, ORF reports. 

New traffic light colours for Austria

Salzburg has joined Burgenland and Carinthia in the yellow/green coronavirus traffic light zone, which denotes low risk. Tyrol and Vorarlberg are the only states now classified as high risk (red/orange).  Medium risk (yellow) prevails in the rest of the country. Last week the criteria for the colour scheme were changed, so there are now five colours on the traffic light. The category for very low risk is new, which extends to up to five new infections per 100,000 inhabitants . This category will be shown by the colour green.

READ MORE: Explained how does Austria’s coronavirus traffic light system work?

Seven day incidence at 36

The seven-day incidence, or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 36. With the exception of Vorarlberg (88.4) and Tyrol (52.8), all federal states are below 50 – with Salzburg (21) and Burgenland (17.7) having the lowest values.

Boat trips resume on the Danube

Tours on boats along the Danube in Vienna have started again. Every Sunday the MS Kaiserin Elisabeth goes to the Wachau in Dürnstein. The “3G rules” are a prerequisite for being able to take a ride. All passengers must either have a negative Covid-19 test, have been vaccinated for at least three weeks – or be able to prove that they have already had a Covid-19 infection to board. There is also a FFP2 mask requirement inside when not consuming food. Trips to Bratislava will not be possible until August, broadcaster ORF reports


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