Covid-19 in Austria: Follow the latest developments as they happen

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Covid-19 in Austria: Follow the latest developments as they happen
A child, age 8, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children in Montreal, Quebec on November 24, 2021. - Today is the first day that children are allowed to receive the version of the vaccine designed for children aged 5 to 11 years old in Canada. (Photo by Andrej Ivanov / AFP)

Catch up on the latest Covid-19 news and current statistics in The Local's roundup as they happen throughout the week.


Overview of the Covid-19 situation in Austria

As of November 26th the 7-day incidence rate (new infections per 100,000 people) was 1,076. Salzburg (1,638) continues to have the highest incidence, followed by Upper Austria (1,577), while Burgenland (700) and Vienna (603) have the lowest rates but are still classed as "very high risk" by Austria's Corona Commission. 

A total of 180,839 people in Austria are currently positive for Covid-19, with 2,658 people being treated for the disease in hospital, according to AGES. An additional 615 Covid patients are currently in intensive care, which represents 29 percent of Austria's entire ICU capacity.

A total of 6,284,718 people (70.5 percent of the total population) have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, according to the Health Ministry, and 5,553,260 (66 percent) have received two doses as of November 25th.

In the last seven days, 727,665 vaccine doses were administered in Austria, which is 17.7 percent more than the week before.


Friday, November 25th

From midnight on Friday, Austria will place a landing ban on flights from South Africa after a new variant was detected in the southern Africa region.

In the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior have reported 12,245 new Covid-19 cases.

Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein is calling for more parents to vaccinate their children against Covid-19 following European approval for children from the age of five.

The Tyrolean state government is preparing to send out personal vaccination appointments to 120,000 unvaccinated people over the age of 18 in the province. The letter will also contain information to dispel vaccination myths.

Salzburg Regional Clinics Manager Paul Sungler has appealed to Salzburg residents to adjust their behaviour and avoid "risk sports" as Covid-19 case rates remain high and intensive care unit capacity dwindles.

Want to know more about how the proposed Impfpflicht (mandatory vaccination)could work? The Local spoke to legal experts to find out.

Wednesday, November 24th

Austria has reached the threshold of having 70 percent of its total population vaccinated with a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Two nursing home workers lost their jobs for marching in an anti-Covid measures demo with a banner stating “Senior Centers Linz say no to mandatory vaccinations”.

Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein has said that the lockdown for the general population will not be extended beyond the planned 20 days.

Salzburg’s intensive care units are now close to full capacity, resulting in four intensive care patients being transferred to Vienna by helicopter.

Have you wondered why German-speaking Europe is lagging behind on vaccines? This long-read explains some of the key factors.

Tuesday, November 23rd

A total of 9,513 new Covid cases were reported in the past 24 hours. That's lower than recent days, but the context is problems in test processing in several places across Austria, and reduced need for testing during the lockdown as many people are working from home, for example.

Monday, November 22nd

As of midnight, Austria is back under a national lockdown for the entire population. This means it is now only possible to leave your home for essential purposes including buying food, seeking healthcare, and exercise. We've done our best to explain the key rules in the articles below:

Vienna is opening up another 50,400 Covid vaccination appointments for children aged between five and 11 after the first 9,400 slots were booked up in the first 48 hours.

New entry rules come into force for Austria today. Proof of 2.5G instead of 3G will be required for entry from abroad, except for regular commuters.


How does Austria compare to its neighbours?

The chart below from Our World in Data shows how the number of reported daily Covid cases in Austria compares to those in neighbouring countries.

Note that case numbers depend on rates of testing as well as the prevalence of the virus, so this is not necessarily a true comparison of the spread of the virus in each country.

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