Corona measures – advising 9,388 new infections, federal and state governments

The number of new corona infections in Austria jumped again from Thursday to Friday: 9,388 new confirmed cases were reported after the previous day with 8,594 new infections, the highest value within 24 hours of this year. The highest value in the corona pandemic was reached on November 13, 2020 at 9,586 at the beginning of the second lockdown.

In addition, 32 more deaths were reported; the seven-day average is now 16.9 deaths per day. 118 deaths have been recorded in the past seven days. In total, the Covid 19 pandemic has claimed 11,451 deaths in Austria since the outbreak. Per 100,000 inhabitants, 128.2 people have died from or with Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There were 1,831 people in the hospital on Friday, five more than reported on Thursday. 356 people were cared for in intensive care units because of Covid-19. That number has increased by four since yesterday and has increased by 76 patients within a week. Most of the new infections were found in Upper Austria (2,461), followed by Lower Austria (1,841), Vienna (1,298) and Styria (1,113).

Government is sticking to the step-by-step plan

In view of the rapidly increasing number of infections and increasing occupancy of hospital and intensive care beds, the federal government has invited to a corona summit for Friday evening. Even if numerous scientists and doctors are now pushing for stricter measures, the federal government adhered to the existing step-by-step plan in advance – and referred to the possibility of stricter regional regulations.

Most governors, however, argue for nationwide uniform measures – the current patchwork of measures is difficult to understand. Lower Austria could well imagine “extensive 2G in the leisure sector”, ie “restrictions for those who have not been vaccinated, but not for those who have been vaccinated or those who have recovered”.

Stricter rules in Vienna

Vienna, which already pushed ahead yesterday, is pushing for stricter regulations in the run-up to the evening meeting. Health Councilor Peter Hacker (SPÖ) called on Friday in the “Ö1” morning journal that stage four of the step-by-step plan be brought forward nationwide, following the example of Vienna.

In principle, one welcomes the step-by-step plan and its logic, says Hacker: “But it has to be switched earlier”. If you look at the development of the seven-day incidence in other federal states, then “urgent measures” such as level four nationwide are needed.

On Thursday, Vienna announced the tightening from next week: In the federal capital, from the end of next week, only those who have been vaccinated and tested are allowed to go to bars, to hairdressers or other body-hugging service providers and to meetings with more than 25 people.

The position in Burgenland is completely different. For governor Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ), no further tightening is possible, he said, referring to the high vaccination rate in the state.

Austria set to red

The traffic light commission put all of Austria on red on Thursday – for the first time since the end of April. The number of vaccination breakthroughs also increased sharply. Therefore, at the Corona summit, the fastest possible implementation of the “booster vaccinations” and an additional test obligation for vaccinated and convalescent people will be discussed. The latter have also suggested several experts – also FFP2 compulsory in (public) indoor spaces, 2G for gastronomy, hairdressing and events and return to the home office. (apa)

Editor’s note: The article was updated at 10:15 am with the current corona numbers.

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