Coronavirus in Austria & Vienna | “Massive Restrictions” Will Continue After Dec. 7, Says Kurz

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Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) (c) BKA / Andy Wenzel

with additional reporting by Amina Frassl & Daniel El-Sabeh

November has been the harshest months regarding the impact of the coronavirus in Austria since the beginning of the pandemic.

In the last month, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has tripled (from 1,400 to 4,200), as has sadly the number of people who have died due to the virus (from 1,005 to over 3,000).

As of midnight, November 17, a second “hard” lockdown is in effect until December 6, featuring, among other things, a day-time curfew. See the current rules here.

Here is a wrap-up of the measures currently in place in Austria, as they were announced, and information about the situation in general.

November 29, 2020

  • In an interview with the Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz dampened expectations that the government will relax measures after the current lockdown. There will be no “hasty opening steps,” only a “careful” reopening of schools and stores if cases remain low.
    • “We will have to live with further massive restrictions after Dec. 7,” he said.
    • Kurz emphasized that reopening depends on the number of infections. The higher these are, the “more difficult it will be to initiate opening steps.”
    • Kurz wants to prevent a third lockdown as much as possible. He believes the antigen-mass tests, scheduled fro December, will provide “a good chance” for the country to avoid a third shut down.
    • When asked about the reopening of ski resorts, he said that the government will present its plans on Wednesday.
      • But Kurz said he was “sorry,” as sports and leisure will not be part of the first reopening steps.
      • “What is clear: Apres-ski will earliest be back in a year.”
  • Nevertheless, the government wants to make more sport possible again “in the foreseeable future,” especially outdoor and individual sports.
  • Austrian ministries reported 4,047 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • Over 4,251 patients are currently being treated in Austrian hospitals. 691 in intensive care.
    • 3,105 people have died from or with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
  • A study found that the women tend to experience milder symptoms, are hospitalized less frequently, and rarely die from COVID-19, in comparison to men.
    • International studies have shown that female hormones and x-chromosomes react positively to the virus.
  • The federal government is providing 14.2 million Euro from the Foreign Disaster Fund (AKF) for emergency aid in countries in Africa, the Near and Middle East, and Asia.
    • The funds will go directly to UN organizations and NGOs, such as the Red Cross, which provide aid on the spot.

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