CoV on December 19 | New Travel Restrictions in Place

The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Austria on December 19, 2020 – updated regularly.

Reporting on the coronavirus in Vienna and Austria is brought to you by Benjamin Wolf, Amina Frassl & Daniel El-Sabeh.

Find here the daily coronavirus updates for Austria, with everything you need to know about COVID-19.

We compiled for you an overview of the rules in force over the holidays, Christmas and for travel.

Austria’s government announced another hard lockdown that will start on December 26 and go through January 17 at least.

Here is a wrap-up of the measures currently in place in Austria.

December 19, 2020

News from Austria

  • Austrian ministries reported 2,296 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day incidence remained at 198 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Cases Overview

Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Daily change-973-109-6+82
in percent-3%-3.5%-1.2%+1.6%
Daily TestsRecoveredTested positive
Daily change+2,386+3,187+2,296
in percent+7.6%+1.1%+0.7%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, December 19, 2020.

  • As of today, December 19, the new travel restrictions are in place. For further details, check out our article on Austria’s holiday rules or the graphic below.
  • Those who wish to get a free coronavirus test in Vienna can now register for their slots at
    • Everyone living in the city is encourage to get tested for free before meeting loved ones and relatives during the holidays.

  • The Catholic Charity Caritas has organized a memorial event at Vienna’s Stephansplatz, lining up 5,127 candles for the 5,127 people who have die due to COVID-19 in Austria.
  • Austria’s federal states managed to flatten the curve of new cases considerably in the last weeks.
    • Below, you can find graphics showing the share of positive tests in Austria’s federal states provided by data scientist and former Viennese statistics professor Erich Neuwirth.
    • However, in the last couple of days the number of new cases stabilized again in most regions.
    • This is one of the major reasons why the government announced another hard lockdown starting on December 26.

Europe & Elsewhere

  • More than 300 European scientists have called for strict coronavirus containment measures.
    • In their statement, they call for a coordinated approach all across Europe to bring the number of new infections down to less than 10 per one million inhabitants per day.
    • Only then, the statement says, can test strategies and contact tracing work and a gradual reopening occur.

  • Austria and its neighboring countries are currently on a very similar trajectory regarding the curve and number of new infections.
    • Germany was the only notable exception, skipping the peak of the second wave to some degree. Now cases are also rising in a similar way.
    • Most other countries managed to flatten the curve after a peak in the second wave and now see again rising case numbers.
Benjamin Wolf
Benjamin studied Journalism, History and International Affairs. After stints with Cafébabel in Paris and Arte in Strasbourg, he is now working as managing editor and COO for Metropole in Vienna. Fields of expertise are politics, economics, culture, and history. Photo: Visual Hub

Current Status

If you live in Vienna, make sure to register for getting a vaccine against COVID-19 under  Here you can book your vaccination appointment.

The City of Vienna offers free vaccinations without an appointment to everyone – regardless of citizenship or insurance status – at multiple locations across the city. 

Vienna has reinstated a number of coronavirus restrictions for the fall. The Austrian government has presented a plan for schools and universities.  

Here’s an overview of where you can get tested for COVID-19 in Vienna and how the free PCR “gargle” tests at home work. 

If everything is a bit much for you or you experience domestic violence of any kind, here is our mental health resource article.


For current coronavirus numbers, check the website of Ministry of Health and the AGES dashboard.

The Austrian Ministry of Health also publishes daily vaccination statistics and a preview of scheduled deliveries.


The City of Vienna has compiled comprehensive information on questions and answers regarding coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease in English.

The Austrian Ministry of Health has put together FAQs on the coronavirus and also provides material to download on how to protect yourself and others from the disease, also in English.

Furthermore, the ministry will constantly update its German-language website with information on the number of people tested and cases of COVID-19 in Austria.


Health advice by telephone1450

If you show symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties) or fear that you are ill, stay at home and dial health number 1450 for further procedures (diagnostic clarification).

Coronavirus hotline AGES+43 0800 555 621

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) answers questions about the coronavirus (general information on transmission, symptoms, prevention) 24 hours a day at +43 0800 555 621.

VKI hotline for travel law questions+43 0800 201 211

For legal questions concerning trips that have already been booked (e.g. whether a trip can be cancelled free of charge), the experts of the Association for Consumer Information (VKI) provide advice free of charge from Monday to Sunday between 09:00 and 15:00 at +43 0800 201 211.