Overview of the Covid-19 situation in Austria
As of January 28th the 7-day incidence rate (new infections per 100,000 people) was 2,381. Tyrol (3,130) has the highest incidence, followed by Vienna (2,841), while Burgenland (1,958) and Lower Austria (1,908) have the lowest rates.
A total of 338,262 people in Austria are currently positive for Covid-19 as of January 28th, with 1,220 people being treated for the disease in hospital outside ICUs, according to AGES. An additional 176 Covid patients are currently in intensive care.
A total of 6,742,953 people (75.5 percent of the total population) have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, according to the Health Ministry, and 6,467,136 (72.4 percent) have a valid vaccine pass as of January 27th.
Friday, January 28th
According to new statistics, excess mortality in Austria was at nine percent in 2021. The state with the lowest excess mortality was Burgenland, at just under five percent.
And the Ministry of Health has said that the planned shortening of vaccine pass validity (as of February 1st, two vaccine doses are currently set to be considered as proof of full vaccination for six months, down from the current nine) may be adjusted. Further details are expected on Friday afternoon.
Thursday, January 27th
More than 300,000 people are currently infected with Covid-19 in Austria as the number of daily new infections passed 40,000 today, but for the moment the number of Covid patients in ICUs is still below 200.
According to the Health Ministry, a total of 2,600 classes (of a total of 58,000 nationwide) and nine whole schools are currently online-only due to Covid-19. In Vienna, around one in ten municipal kindergartens is currently closed.
The national crisis committee (GECKO) will meet tomorrow afternoon, but public broadcaster ORF reports that no easing of Covid measures is expected to be recommended yet, until Austria has passed the peak of the Omicron wave in an estimated two or three weeks. There are currently no press conferences scheduled after the meeting.
Wednesday, January 26th
Austria’s lockdown for unvaccinated people will end on January 31st, the government confirmed today.
From February the law will change to make third doses of the Covid vaccine permissible from three months after the second dose, though the National Vaccine Committee recommends getting the third dose four to six months after the second.
Austria reported over 30,000 new Covid infections in 24 hours for the first time today (34,011), and in the next week the number of daily new cases is forecast to reach 37,000.
The Styria region is updating its contact tracing and quarantine strategy. This means people who test positive can end their quarantine from the fifth day using an at-home PCR test, if they have been totally symptom-free for at least 48 hours. At the same time, infected people will be asked to contact people they recently had contact with themselves, rather than through contact tracing.
Tuesday, January 25th
Austria’s incidence rate has today passed 2,000, reaching 2,036 nationwide.
Police seized several fake vaccine passes in raids in the town of Schladming, Styria.
Monday, January 24th
Austria’s travel rules change today, with the virus variant list being removed so that the 2G+ rule (full vaccination or recovery, plus either a booster dose or negative PCR test) now applies to travellers from all countries.
Upper Austria has paused contact tracing due to the fast rate of spread of Covid-19, meaning local health authorities say the chance of breaking infection chains is low. People who test positive are instead asked to get in touch with people they have been in close contact with. According to a review by Der Standard, Vienna, Lower Austria and Vorarlberg are still carrying out contact tracing as before, but Austria’s other five regions have also cut down the amount they can do and are prioritising to focus on vulnerable parts of society.
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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