Covid on January 17-23 | 500,000 Police Checks Conducted Since January 11

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

January 17

News from Austria

  • The government has published the final draft of the vaccination mandate this Sunday. Here’s what you need to know now about the mandate:
    • Chancellor Karl Nehammer, Minister for the EU and Constitution Karoline Edtstadler and Minister of Health Wolfgang Mückstein have presented the details of the bill yesterday.
    • Today, on Monday, the proposal will be looked over by the health committee in parliament.
    • On Thursday, the parliament will decide whether to put the proposed draft into law.
    • The mandate will come into effect on February 1, and every household in Austria will be informed about the new measures in writing.
    • On March 15 the police will start checking the compliance with the vaccination mandate, mainly during traffic controls.
    • During the third phase, the government will send out reminder letters and fines by analyzing the vaccination registry.
    • The company in charge of this process, Elga GmbH, has stated that this will be possible in April at the earliest.
    • According to the government officials, there currently isn’t a set date for the start of phase three, because it will only come in effect if necessary.
    • The vaccination mandate applies to all residents of Austria over 18 years of age, with some exceptions.
    • Those who have recovered from COVID-19 will be exempt from the mandate for 180 days after receiving the positive test results.
    • During the police checks, they will be required to show proof of recovery.
    • Pregnant women and those who can’t receive the vaccine due to medical reasons will also be exempt from the mandate.
    • The medical exemption is not limited to physical illnesses, people suffering from mental illnesses will also be exempt in some cases.
  • Austrian ministries reported  15,717 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 1,196.3 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The value is highest in Salzburg (2,123.6) and lowest in Burgenland (682.4).
    • 13,922 people so far have died from COVID-19 in Austria.
    • Currently, 934 people are hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection.
    • 212 people currently require intensive care.
Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Daily change+7,450+510+2
In percent+5.6%+5.8%0%0%
Daily TestsRecoveredTested Positive
Daily change-75,184+8,265+15,717
In percent-14.7%+0.6%+1.1%
Total vaccine jabs given17,100,230
– change since Friday+17,680
Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab6,691,321
– in percentage of the population74.91%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)78.73%
People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)6,399,560
– in percentage of the population71.64%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)75.30%
Number of people who got the booster shot4,089,274
– in percentage of the population45.85%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, January 17, 2021

Bogdan Brkić
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.


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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. 

If everything is a bit much for you or you experience domestic violence of any kind, here is our mental health resource article.


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.