Corona measures: Escalating corona numbers: Federal and state governments advise

In view of the escalating number of infections and increasing utilization of hospital and intensive care beds, the federal government has once again 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”. 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”. In the federal capital, Hacker locates a high level of approval for the announced tightening of measures. 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. Massive increase in new infections On Thursday the new infections increased massively, by almost a third to almost 8,600 cases. That is only 1,000 less than the previous high of November 13, 2020. For the first time since the end of April, the traffic light commission set all of Austria to red again. The increases in hospital numbers were also worrying: 1,826 Covid-19 patients were treated in hospitals on Thursday, 352 in intensive care units. Vaccination breakthroughs have 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.

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