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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 13

News from Austria

  • The Minister of Tourism Elisabeth Köstinger hopes to maintain the “2-G Rule” until the end of the winter season.
    • Köstinger hopes to keep the businesses open as long as possible with the new “2-G” mandate despite “alarming predictions” associated with the Omicron variant.
    • She also expressed further support and understanding for businesses that are calling for more predictability, which has been understandably lacking during the pandemic.
    • “It is extremely difficult to adhere to all the government mandates. But were are unfortunately in a pandemic, which is most times very difficult to predict,” said Köstinger in an interview with APA.
  • Austrian ministries reported 15,852 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 841.7 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The value is highest in Salzburg (1,609) and lowest in Burgenland (438.2).
    • 13,898 people so far have died from COVID-19 in Austria.
    • Currently, 889 people are hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection.
    • 236 people currently require intensive care.
Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Daily change+10,270-20-6+15
In percent+10.6%-2.2%-2.5%+0.1%
Daily TestsRecoveredTested Positive
Total688,7351,273,884 1,394,599
Daily change-215,849+5,567 +15,852
In percent-23.9%+0.4% +1.1%
Total vaccine jabs given16,916,712
– change since Friday+61,713
Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab6,669,856
– in percentage of the population74.67%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)78.48%
People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)6,364,356
– in percentage of the population71.25%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)74.88%
Number of people who got the booster shot3,966,021
– in percentage of the population44.5%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, January 13, 2021

News From Elsewhere

  • The World Health Organization recommends vaccination mandates have a limit.
    • They propose mandatory vaccination only as a last resort, in cases where the sceptics can’t otherwise be reassured.
    • “We have always said that a vaccination mandate should have an upper time limit,” says executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, Michael J. Ryan.
    • Before vaccination becomes legally mandated, all other options of informing the public need to be exhausted.
    • It also needs to be communicated that the benefit of public health and well being outweighs the impairment of individual rights and liberties.
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  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. 

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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.