Overview of the Covid-19 situation in Austria
As of February 9th the 7-day incidence rate (new infections per 100,000 people) was 2,553. Carinthia (3,010) has the highest incidence, followed by Tyrol (2,954), while Vienna (2,268) and Lower Austria (2,196) have the lowest rates.
A total of 422,227 people in Austria are currently positive for Covid-19 as of February 9th, with 1,898 people being treated for the disease in hospital outside ICUs, according to AGES. An additional 187 Covid patients are currently in intensive care.
A total of 6,773,439 people (75.8 percent of the total population) have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, according to the Health Ministry, and 6,199,831 (69.4 percent) have a valid vaccine pass as of February 8th.
Wednesday, February 9th
Salzburg’s regional governor has said he is “sceptical” about Austria’s vaccine mandate, and called for the law to be reviewed.
Around a third of the people who died of Covid-19 in 2020 and 2021 lived in care homes.
Austria’s Covid Forecasting Committee has said they believe the current wave has reached a “plateau” phase, with no significant further rise in cases expected, though a slight increase in hospital admissions due to the virus is likely.
Tuesday, February 7th
The government today announced more relaxations of restrictions to come into effect from Saturday: the upper limit on event attendees will be removed, and the 3G rule will replace the 2G rule in hairdressers and beauty salons. Read more on the changes here.
Monday, February 7th
Over the weekend, Austria extended the 10pm curfew for restaurants and bars to midnight.
Austria’s vaccine mandate came into force on Saturday, and the government clarified exactly which medical conditions make people exempt from the requirement. Five vaccines not approved by the EMA will be considered compliant with the rule, but not the Sputnik jab. Instead, two Sputnik doses will count as one dose, meaning that most people will need to get an additional dose of a different vaccine.
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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