Overview of the Covid-19 situation in Austria
As of February 2nd the 7-day incidence rate (new infections per 100,000 people) was 2,572. Tyrol (2,943) has the highest incidence, followed by Vorarlberg (2,904), while Carinthia (2,255) and Lower Austria (2,138) have the lowest rates.
A total of 380,268 people in Austria are currently positive for Covid-19 as of February 2nd, with 1,509 people being treated for the disease in hospital outside ICUs, according to AGES. An additional 184 Covid patients are currently in intensive care.
A total of 6,756,574 people (75.6 percent of the total population) have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, according to the Health Ministry, and 6,126,752 (68.6 percent) have a valid vaccine pass as of January 31st.
Wednesday, February 2nd
Only 6,126,752 people are currently considered fully vaccinated because of the change in vaccine pass validity yesterday. That’s 68.6 percent of the total population, down from 72.6 percent.
A person suspected of vaccine pass forgery at Vienna’s Austria Centre has been arrested and taken into custody.
Tuesday, February 1st
Today’s the day that the validity of two vaccine doses shortens to six months, meaning hundreds of thousands of people lose their status as fully vaccinated.
But it’s not yet the day that the vaccine mandate comes into effect; that’s not until this Friday.
Monday, January 31st
Austria’s lockdown for people without proof of 2G is over as of today.
And further relaxations were announced over the weekend, with the 2G rule on track to be removed in shops and restaurants later this month.
Meanwhile, Austria’s Constitutional Court is currently working to establish how legally justified the Covid ordinances were.
Around 300,000 vaccine passes are set to lose their validity in Austria tomorrow as the validity for two vaccine doses will be shortened from nine to six months. After that, a booster dose is required.
New data from Austria show that up to October, seven out of every 100 confirmed Covid infections required hospital treatment. This data doesn’t take into account the Omicron variant.
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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