Coronavirus in Austria | Austria to Ease Restrictions in February

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Here is a wrap-up of the current developments regarding the coronavirus in Austria.

Week 4

January 29 & 30

News from Austria

  • The Austrian government has announced that it will ease COVID-19 restrictions in February.
    • Chancellor Karl Nehammer announced the changes at a joint press conference with the Minister of Health Wolfgang Mückstein and representatives of the Covid Crisis Coordination Unit (GECKO).
    • On February 5 the curfew for restaurants and bars will be pushed back to midnight.
    • On February 12 the “2-G Rule” for shops will be lifted.
    • A week later, on February 19, the government will reinstate the “3-G Rule” for restaurants and bars.
    • PCR test will only be valid for 48 hours, according to Mückstein.
    • Measures for events will also be eased on February 5.
    • 50 people will now be allowed to gather without assigned seating instead of the previous 25.
  • Austrian ministries reported 34,748 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 2,381.2 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The value is highest in Tyrol (3,130.4) and lowest in Lower Austria (1,908.2).
    • 14,077 people so far have died from COVID-19 in Austria.
    • Currently, 1,402 people are hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection.
    • 171 people currently require intensive care.
Vaccinations
Total vaccine jabs given17,525,333
Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab6,747,550 
– in percentage of the population75.54%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)79.39%
People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)6,473,749
– in percentage of the population72.47%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)76.17%
Number of people who got the booster shot4,374,715 
– in percentage of the population49.1%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, January 29, 2021

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. 

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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.