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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 12

News from Austria

  • The Ministry of Health has reported 1,165 positive Antigen tests after the first day of school.
    • Around 700,000 students were tested on Monday, January 10.
    • Vienna (271) had the highest number of infections, followed by Lower Austria (180), Tyrol (160), Carinthia (83), Vorarlberg (59) and Burgenland (34).
    • These were however only classified as “suspected cases”, which don’t immediately result in the whole class being sent home, according to the office of the Executive City Councillor for Public Health, Peter Hacker.
    • The school will only be required to take precautionary measures if the PCR test also comes back positive.
  • Austrian ministries reported 17,006 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 761.9 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The value is highest in Salzburg (1,514) and lowest in Styria (407.3).
    • 13,882 people so far have died from COVID-19 in Austria.
    • Currently, 909 people are hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection.
    • 242 people currently require intensive care.
Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Daily change+11,922-19-14+10
In percent+14.1%-2%-5.5%+0.1%
Daily TestsRecoveredTested Positive
Total591,5311,268,317 1,378,747
Daily change+52,446+5,074 +17,006
In percent+9.7%+0.4% +1.2%
Total vaccine jabs given16,854,999
– change since Friday+59,015
Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab6,663,173
– in percentage of the population74.59%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)78.40%
People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)6,350,909
– in percentage of the population71.10%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)74.73%
Number of people who got the booster shot3,925,073
– in percentage of the population44%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, January 12, 2021

  • Chancellor Karl Nehammer tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
    • This Tuesday, January 11 he informed the public on his social media platforms that the infections were caused by the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
    • He added that thanks to the booster shot he has had a mild infection and that he is already “Fit for work.”
    • He is currently still working from home but is looking forward to returning to the office after he gets a negative test result.

News From Elsewhere

  • France has reported a daily record of 368,149 new infections.
    • According to the statements of the French Ministry of Health, the cases were documented in 24 hours between Monday and Tuesday.
    • Until now the highest number stood at 332,252 new infections and was recorded last Wednesday.
    • The number of new cases in France has soared in the past several weeks, as Omicron became the dominant variant.
    • The last recorded 7-day-incidence in the country stood at 2,790 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
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.