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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 22

News from Austria

  • Austrian ministries haven’t again published the current COVID-19 figures for the third day in a row.
    • Since this Wednesday there have been significant difficulties with the daily statistics provided by individual states and published by The Ministry of Health each morning.
    • According to the numbers published by the Epidemiologische Meldesystems (EMS) on Friday, there have been 29,358 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • Austrian ministries reported 27,677 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 1,674.0 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The value is highest in Tyrol (2,606.3) and lowest in Styria (1,023.3).
    • According to a statement published by ORF the government is doing their best to fix the problem and work off the backlog.
    • It will take another couple of days to reduce the backlog, due to the high number of cases.

News From Elsewhere

  • Omicron has become the dominant variant in Europe.
    • According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Omicron is now, without doubt, the predominant variant in the EU.
    • The variant takes up 78 percent of all infections and is especially prevalent in the countries most affected by COVID-19.
    • This is the case in all 27 EU member states and the European Economic Area that includes Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.
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.