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 24

News from Austria

  • The government faces growing pressure from the opposition to relax COVID-19 measures.
    • Despite the high number of new infections businesses and the opposition are demanding the end of the lockdown for the unvaccinated.
    • In the light of the upcoming mandatory vaccination, NEOS are asking that the government abolish the “2-G Rule” and the lockdown for the unvaccinated.
    • They are also opposing the vaccination lottery, with a budget of one billion Euro, recently announced by the government.
    • “One billion Euro is a lot of money, which could be used for more meaningful projects,” says the NEOS leader Beate Meinl-Reisinger.
  • Austrian ministries reported 25,610 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 1,867.1 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The value is highest in Tyrol (2,604) and lowest in Styria (1,157).
    • 14,000 people so far have died from COVID-19 in Austria.
    • Currently, 1,200 people are hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection.
    • 187 people currently require intensive care.
Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Total208,2381,20018714,000
Daily change+11,150+71-5+9
In percent+5.7%+6.3%-2.6%+0.1%
Daily TestsRecoveredTested Positive
Total448,4581,392,5331,625,651
Daily change-79,961+14,721+25,610
In percent-15.1%+1.1%+1.6%
Vaccinations
Total vaccine jabs given17,357,739
– change since Sunday+11,520
Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab6,725,490 
– in percentage of the population75.29%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)79.13%
People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)6,444,742
– in percentage of the population72.15%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)75.83%
Number of people who got the booster shot4,262,595 
– in percentage of the population47.8%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, January 24, 2021

News From Elsewhere

  • WHO: The pandemic still isn’t over
    • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the pandemic has reached a critical point.
    • All of us have to work together in order to end the most severe phase of the pandemic, says WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
    • “We cannot continue along this path- between panic and neglect,” stated Ghebreyesus.
    • It is dangerous to assume that the pandemic is nearing its conclusion, the Omicron variant will not be the last.
    • “The region may be in the last phase of the pandemic,” stated the regional director of WHO for Europe Hans.
    • He has, however, also warned about possible new mutations that might appear in the upcoming period.
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.