CoV on December 6 | Last Day of Second Lockdown

The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Austria on December 6, 2020 – updated regularly.

Reporting on COVID-19 in Austria is brought to you by Benjamin Wolf, Amina Frassl & Daniel El-Sabeh.

Find here the daily coronavirus update for Austria and Vienna for Sunday, December 6, 2020, with everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Austria.

We also prepared in-depth coverage about about Vienna’s mass testing campaign for you.

And if you want to know how Austria will open up after the second lockdown, we’ve got you covered.

Here is a wrap-up of the measures currently in place in Austria, as they were announced, and information about the situation in general.

Get yourself tested! From Dec. 4-13, 08:00-18:00, everyone in Vienna can get a free rapid antigen test in the Stadthalle, the Marxhalle and the Messehalle. Register at österreich-testet.at.

December 6, 2020

  • Today was the third day of mass testing. The number of participants remains below expectations. To set an example, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Viennese Mayor Michael Ludwig will get tested tomorrow morning.
    • 21,779 tests were conducted at all three test locations in Vienna. 148 PCR tests were conducted, after 81 antigen tests were positive. For the rest, the PCR gurgle test had to be used, since the regular PCR test did not work on them.
      • This is far below the daily capacity, which is 150,000 tests.
      • In the first two test days, 79 people tested positive.
      • Vienna is urging those with appointments to “bring their family.”
    • As of today afternoon, 183,213 people got tested in Tyrol.
    • As of 17:30 today, 105,093 people got tested in Tyrol.
    • 19,335 teachers and kindergarten employees got tested in Lower Austria. 36 antigen tests conducted on teachers were positive.
    • 13,500 school and kindergarten employees were tested in Salzburg, of which 13 tests were positive.
    • In Styria, 21,000 people were tested. 77 tested positive, which is about 0.37 percent.
    • In Upper Austria, 18,518 school employees were tested as of today at noon. 50, meaning 0.27, tested positive.

  • Austrian ministries reported 2,741 new cases in the last 24 hours.
    • Here are the number of new infections per state:
      • Burgenland: 56
      • Carinthia: 19 
      • Lower Austria: 551
      • Salzburg: 103
      • Styria: 340
      • Tyrol: 362
      • Upper Austria: 526
      • Vorarlberg: 239
      • Vienna: 366
    • A total of 3,802 patients with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in Austria, an decrease of -75 (-1.9%) since yesterday.
    • Of those, 632 are in intensive care, -14 (-2.2%) fewer than yesterday.
    • 83 people have died since yesterday, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic. to 3,840.
    • According to the AGES dashboard, the 7-day incidence is 253.

  • Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler told the Austrian daily newspaper Kurier that he is considering extending the newly announced re-entry restrictions until after Jan. 10.
    • On Wednesday, the federal government announced that travelers returning from a place with a 14-day incidence of over 100 between Dec. 19 and Jan. 10 will need to quarantine for ten days upon arrival in Austria (or can “test themselves free” after five days).
    • Kogler said, “If we succeed in reducing the infection measures in Austria due to strict measures, then one should not sway and open up to places where these measures do not apply.” Kogler refers to nightclubs in Slovakia or trips to Switzerland this summer.
    • While Kogler initially criticized Kurz for the new travel measures and particularly the rhetoric coming along with is, he is now presenting himself as a strong proponent for it.

  • On the last day of the second lockdown, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz appealed to the population to adhere to the corona measures.
    • This is the only way that the positive trend will continue, said Kurz in a written statement.
      • He acknowledged that the strict lockdown measures had worked , as the average number of daily new infections has been cut in half.
      • The lockdown prevented the intensive care units from becoming overwhelmed.
      • As of yesterday 14:00, the 7-day incidence has fallen from 500 to 265. According to AGES, there were 7,554 cases per day at the start of the lockdown, compared with 3,580 on Saturday.
      • The R-value fell from 1.04 to 0.82, meaning that an infected person spreads the virus to less than one person.

  • In Italy, 560 people died with or from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

  • With 1,745 new cases, Denmark reported a new high in daily infections.

  • The U.S. recorded a new all-time-high in daily new infections. It reported 230,000 new cases, 5,000 more than the day before.

  • Today Israel is further easing the lockdown restrictions by reopening middle schools.
    • The number of corona infections have recently increased again in the state.
    • There have been rumors about a third partial lockdown

On the next page, you find an overview of all measures currently in place in Austria.

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Amina Frassl
Amina is Metropole's online content manager. She writes about news and news analysis and is currently completing her studies in journalism and politics at NYU.

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.

Austria and Vienna have lifted most coronavirus restrictions in the summer.  

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.