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

January 14

News from Austria

  • Since yesterday, the surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant has been recorded by the traffic light commission.
    • Even the last three orange states Styria, Burgenland and Carinthia have now turned red and are considered high risk areas.
    • The commission recommends hospitals be on “high alerts”.
    • They further added that currently there are no risks of hospital reaching capacity due to the low hospitalisation of those infected with the Omicron variant.
    • At the same time, the commission underscored that this could change at any time like it did in the US.
    • Lastly, the traffic light commission reiterated the importance of vaccination, wearing masks inside and avoiding large gatherings.
  • Austrian ministries reported 16,822 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 1,022.6 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The value is highest in Salzburg (1,904.7) and lowest in Burgenland (557.8).
    • 13,905 people so far have died from COVID-19 in Austria.
    • Currently, 903 people are hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection.
    • 228 people currently require intensive care.
Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Total117,79090322813,905
Daily change+10,973+14-8+7
In percent+10.3%+1.6%-3.4%+0.1%
Daily TestsRecoveredTested Positive
Total774,7481,279,726 1,411,421
Daily change+86,013+5,842 +16,822
In percent+12.5%+0.5% +1.2%
Vaccinations
Total vaccine jabs given16,978,345
– change since Friday+61,633
Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab6,677,304
– in percentage of the population74.75%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)78.57%
People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)6,377,489
– in percentage of the population71.40%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)75.04%
Number of people who got the booster shot4,006,363
– in percentage of the population44.9%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, January 14, 2021

News From Elsewhere

  • The United States Supreme Court has blocked the vaccination mandate for companies.
    • The regulation was put in place by president Joe Biden and was aimed at large businesses but would also allow a nationwide mandate for certain health care workers.
    • This decision comes as a substantial blow to Biden’s efforts to use the executive power of the federal government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The Biden administration has emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated for several months and hoped to use this mandate to convince sceptical Americans to get their shot.
Bogdan Brkić
Originally from southern Serbia, he moved to Vienna in 2013 to study German Philology. He is an aspiring journalist whose passions include history, music and French pastries.

Current Status

If you live in Vienna, make sure to register for getting a vaccine against COVID-19 under impfservice.wien.  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.

Numbers

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.

Resources

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.

Hotlines

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.