Coronavirus in Austria | Austria to Ease Restrictions in February

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

January 26

News from Austria

  • The lockdown for unvaccinated people will end on Monday, January 31.
    • This was announced today by chancellor Karl Nehammer and the Minister of Health Wolfgang Mückstein at a council of ministers meeting.
    • The experts from the Covid Crisis Coordination unit (GECKO) don’t find this measure to be helpful against COVID-19.
    • The reason is that Intensive Care Units are no longer close to capacity.
    • “For weeks this lockdown has been a measure that inconvenienced a lot of people, however, it was a necessary one,” said Nehammer.
    • According to Mückstein, the lockdown did have a positive effect, especially during the holidays.

News from Elsewhere

  • New record number of infections in Middle and Eastern Europe.
    • The highly contagious Omicron variant has caused the number of infections in Middle and Eastern Europe to explode.
    • Russia has today reported a record for the sixth day in a row, a total of 74,692 new cases in a single day.
    • Just yesterday that number was much lower at 67,809.
    • According to the Russian government, there has been 657 COVID-19 related death in the last 24 hours.
    • Poland has also recorded more than 50,000 new cases, for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
    • “The fifth wave is picking up momentum,” says Deputy Minister of Health Waldemar Kraska.
    • The number of cases is expected to continue rising in the following days.
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.