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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 20

News from Austria

  • Scientists and experts warn of new variants after Omicron.
    • “The current situation is developing very quickly,” says Andreas Bergthaler from the department for molecular medicine at the Medical University Vienna.
    • In the course of treatment for COVID-19, most monoclonal antibodies would lose effect due to the constant mutations of the virus.
    • It is also unknown for how long we’ll have to battle against the virus and its different variants, says Bergthaler.
    • The Pandemic is being fueled by the new emerging variants.
    • “The mutations of SARS-CoV-2 develop two to three times slower than those of the common cold.
    • We are, however, constantly finding new mutations, due to the fast replication of the virus.
    • “We discover around two new mutations per month,” Bergthaler adds.

News from Elsewhere

  • The 7-day-incidence in Germany reaches new heights.
    • For the first time since the start of the pandemic the rate has exceeded 600 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and currently stands at 638.8.
    • The German Health Ministry today reported 133,536 new daily infections.
    • Scientists expect numbers to climb further in the upcoming days.
    • 234 people so have died from COVID-19 in Germany, within the last 24 hours.
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.