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

Fewer people following Covid-19 vaccination recommendations, Carinthia to set a regional election date, health sector sounds the alarm and more news from Austria on Tuesday.

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
Parts of Austria could see some heavy snowfall on Tuesday. (Photo by Andreea Popa on Unsplash)
  • The number of new vaccinations against Covid falls

Fewer people are following the recommendation to take the Covid-19 vaccination, the newspaper Die Presse reported.

According to Ministry of Health data, only just over half of people in Austria have been vaccinated following expert recommendations. That is 817,000 fewer people than in July, the report said. 

The Ministry of Health now wants to discontinue the corresponding statistics and only publish the number of vaccine doses administered.

The vaccination committee has recently extended its recommendations on the Covid vaccination several times. Since the end of August, for example, the experts have recommended the fourth vaccination (“booster vaccination”) from the age of twelve instead of 60. 

READ ALSO: Masks against Covid and flu: What’s ahead for Austria this winter

  • EXPLAINED: Is the construction ‘boom’ over in Austria?

Austria has seen a property and construction boom in the last few years. Will inflation dampen new investment in the sector? And what will it mean for the property market?

  • Carinthia to set local election date

Next year, Carinthia will again hold regional elections, which will probably occur at the beginning of March, the newspaper Der Standard reported. 

On Tuesday at 9 am, the red-black government will discuss the concrete election date, which will be announced about two hours later by Governor Peter Kaiser and State Councillor Martin Gruber (ÖVP) at a press conference.

The incumbent, Peter Kaiser, seems set for reelection though whether in a coalition or through an absolute majority, remains to be seen.

READ ALSO: Why is support for Austria’s far-right FPÖ rising?

  • Health sector sounds the alarm (again)

Health sector workers in Austria are again warning that there is an extreme staff shortage, with certain provinces, such as Upper Austria, alerting that they will need more than 9,000 new people entering the workforce in the next eight years. 

The 24-hour caregivers sounded the alarm as hospitals had to change shift plans and workers had to go on (more) overtime to cover slots, broadcaster ORF reported. 

Even if a number of measures are underway – from the nursing bonus and nursing reform to facilitation of the Red-White-Red Card and changes in medical studies – “the shortage cannot be remedied solely from the reservoir of labour that we have in Austria or Europe”, Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Grüne) said on Monday.

READ ALSO: Everything foreigners need to know about the Austrian healthcare system

  • Weather

Screenshot from ZAMG

Rain and snowfall spread from the southwest to many parts of the country, with the focus of precipitation on the southern side of the Alps, Austria’s meteorologic institute ZAMG said. 

Especially from the Zillertal Alps to the Radstädter Tauern and south of them, it will snow heavily. As a result, the snow line will drop to between 400m and 900m above sea level, depending on the intensity of the precipitation. 

Afternoon temperatures are 2C to 7C.

If you have any questions about life in Austria, ideas for articles or news tips for The Local, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

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

Start of the electricity price brake in Austria, inflation to drop slightly in November, Austrian released from Iranian jail for medical treatment and more news from Austria on Thursday.

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
  • Start of electricity price brake in Austria

From Thursday, the electricity price brake will come into force for every household with a valid electricity contract and the effects should be seen in the electricity bills. 

According to the government, the measure will save households an average of €500 a year. 

The price of electricity will be subsidised up to a consumption of 2,900 kilowatt hours, the government said. Until that limit, it will cost only ten cents per kilowatt hour – the energy price from before the current energy crisis.

Above that consumption limit, people will have to pay market prices for what they consume.

READ ALSO: How could Austria’s new electricity price brake benefit you?

  • Reader question: How to get a flu vaccination in Austria?

Austrian doctors and virologists have warned of a particularly strong flu wave this winter and recommend that people get vaccinated. Here’s how to get the shot in each province.

  • Flash estimate puts November inflation at 10.6 percent

The inflation rate for November 2022 is expected to be 10.6 percent, according to calculations by Statistics Austria, as part of a flash estimate. Compared to the previous month, consumer prices rose by 0.3 percent.

“After reaching 11.0 percent in October 2022, the highest inflation rate in 70 years, it is expected to ease to 10.6 percent in November 2022. This is mainly because the upward pressure on prices for the main inflation drivers, household energy and fuel, is weakening slightly”, said Statistics Austria Director General Tobias Thomas.

The index level of consumer price index and other results for November 2022 will be announced on December 16th 2022.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: 10 ways to save money on your groceries in Austria

  •    Austria welcomes Iran freeing Austrian for medical treatment

Vienna on Wednesday welcomed the release of an  Austrian from prison in Iran to get medical treatment.

Massud Mossaheb, a 76-year-old Austrian citizen of Iranian origin who was jailed in Iran on charges of espionage, was freed last week. He spent almost four years at Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

“We have been raising the issue at the highest levels and we welcome that  these diplomatic endeavours have now produced first results,” a foreign ministry spokeswoman said

“As far as we are concerned, we will continue with everything in our hands  to work for a humanitarian solution in all cases of Austrians imprisoned.”

Two other Austrians are currently detained in Iran.

  • Austrian actress Christiane Hörbiger died aged 84

Christiane Hörbiger, one of Austria’s most beloved actresses, died on Wednesday at the age of 84, several Austrian media reported. She was one of the actress daughters of legendary Austrian actors Attila Hörbiger and Paula Wessely. 

She had great successes with television series such as ‘Das Erbe der Guldenburgs’ or ‘Julia’, but also with cinema and television films such as Helmut Dietl’s award-winning satire ‘Schtonk’.

Hörbiger, known as the grande dame of Austrian cinema, also performed in theatres in the Alpine country and Europe.

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  • The city of Graz promotes Counselling Café

Do you need information, advice, support with family or even neighbourhood issues? Do you need to learn how to get social benefits or care allowances? Do you have questions about allowances or the Senior:innencard? Or about the SozialCard? Do you need an overview of services for the disabled? Or do you have questions about compulsory training or youth coaching?

If so, you are welcome to the Beratungscafe, or counselling Café, an open counselling table on social issues promoted by the City of Graz.

Just drop by – without registration: the counselling service is free of charge and voluntary for children, young people and adults, the government said.

The counselling café takes place twice a month, on Wednesdays and the next date is December 7th from 2 pm to 4 pm at the SMZ Stadtteilzentrum Jakomini. You can see all the dates, times and addresses HERE.

READ ALSO: Salzburg, Linz, Graz: Where are Austria’s biggest companies?

  • Weather
Screenshot from ZAMG

Especially in the south, there will be dense clouds, and it will continue to rain and snow occasionally, Austria’s meteorologic institute ZAMG said. 

The snowfall limits lie between 500 and 800m in the east during the day and in the south around 1000m. In the afternoon, the clouds will clear from the east. In Tyrol, the sun will even show up for a bit.

Early temperatures are minus 3C to plus 2C, while daytime highs are 1C to 6C.

If you have any questions about life in Austria, ideas for articles or news tips for The Local, please get in touch with us at [email protected].