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

Mountain biking is becoming more popular Photo by ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP)
Mountain biking is becoming more popular. Photo by ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP)
Find out what's going on in Austria on Monday with The Local's short roundup of today's news.

No testing in schools for vaccinated children

Vaccinated children will no longer have to be tested for Covid-19 this autumn, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein has told the OE24 newspaper.

There are plans to vaccinate children aged 12 to 16 over the summer in Austria.

Show of harmony for Austria’s ruling coalition 

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Deputy Chancellor Werner  Kogler (Greens) showed coalition harmony in a joint press statement on Sunday, following significant coalition tensions over criticisms against the justice system by Kurz’s ÖVP, the Kurier and Kronen Zeitung newspapers report. As The Local reported on Sunday, during an interview with broadcaster ORF on June 6th, Kogler said  it was “unimaginable” that Kurz would continue in office if a current investigation against him for allegedly lying to the Ibiza inquiry were to result in a conviction. 

READ MORE: Unimaginable for Kurz to continue as Austria’s leader if convicted, says Vice Chancellor

Seven day incidence is 28

The seven-day incidence, or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 28.4 according to the AGES database. With the exception of Vorarlberg (65.5), all federal states are below 50 – with Salzburg (15.6) and Burgenland (9.5) having the lowest values.

Chancellor Kurz vaccinated with AstraZeneca

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz received his vaccination on Friday. As he previously promised, he was given the AstraZenenca vaccine. 

Germany removes Austria from its coronavirus risk list

Germany has removed Austria from its coronavirus risk list, with the exception of Vorarlberg and Tyrol, Der Standard newspaper reports. The move ensures that those traveling from Austria to Germany will no longer need to quarantine or pre-register their travel plans. 

Quarantine rules dropped for vaccinated people in Vienna

Those who have been vaccinated and live in Vienna no longer have to be in quarantine for 14 days after close contact with someone infected with Covid-19 – broadcaster ORF reported on Saturday. The new rules also apply to those who can prove they were infected with the coronavirus in the past six months. 

Mountain bikers annoying hikers

The mountain bike boom and the rise in popularity of e-bikes is affecting hikers, according to the Saalfelden Alpine Club.

The hiking trail to the 1,750 meter high Peter Wiechenthaler Hut is now being used more often as a downhill bike route, club chairman Josef Straif, told broadcaster ORF, appealing to bikers to be more considerate.

Austrian President visits Pope and meets Italian President Mattarella

Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen is visiting Rome today and tomorrow. He will meet Pope Francis for talks about the climate crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, and will then be received by his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella.

The two will discuss the Western Balkans states. He will then meet with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the South Tyrolean MPs, where he will discuss transit over the Brenner Pass, broadcaster ORF reports. 

Cost of building a home soars

The cost of constructing a family home has risen by 7.5 percent compared to 2020, according to Statistics Austria. This is due to the rising cost of construction materials Der Standard newspaper reports. 

Hotels are filling up in August

The Austrian National Tourist Office is reporting a holiday hotel occupancy rate of 70 percent for August, Die Presse newspaper reports. The tourist office has also noted that its post-pandemic campaign will be focusing on visitors from nearby countries, the newspaper added.

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