Coronavirus in Early December | Entry Restrictions May Be Extended

COVID-19 is shaping our daily lives. Here’s all you need to know about current measures, including where to get help, information and tips – updated regularly.

December 4, 2020

  • According to the AGES dashboard, the 7-day incidence is 277 per 100,000 residents.

  • As of 16:00, 0.5 percent, or 58 cases, of the mass tests were positive in Vienna.
    • In the early afternoon, the city recorded some 13,000 participants.

  • According to AGES’s weekly analysis, the R-value has dropped to 0.82, meaning it is 0.05 lower than last week.
    • The R-value is under 1 for all federal states.
    • The agency estimates that the daily increase in new infections is -3.6%.
  • Starting on Monday, rapid tests will be available in schools in all of the eight federal states.
    • The program has been in effect since the end of the fall break, but it has now been extended to all Austrian states.
    • Viennese schools will rely on gurgle tests.
  • On the first day of mass testing, several federal states are reporting problems with the IT software.
    • People that tested negative in Tyrol either received delayed results or none at all.
    • Vienna’s testing site in the Stadthalle reported similar issues, so the army has switched to a back-up paper alternative.
    • Upper Austria has even decided to stop using the program.
  • Today Germany announced that the vaccine will be offered for free at a voluntary basis.
    • The state will not conduct mass tests like Austria. Instead, they will conduct tests locally where numbers are high.
    • German officials stated that mass tests “burn a lot of money.”
  • Austrian ministries identified 3,815 new cases today – a slightly lower number than yesterday.
    • With 746 infections, Upper Austria recorded the most cases, followed by 635 in Lower Austria, 630 in Styria, 324 in Salzburg, 316 in Carinthia, 300 in Tyrol, 127 in Vorarlberg, and 123 in Burgenland.
    • 3,980 patients are currently being treated in Austrian hospitals. 642 of which are in intensive care units.
      • Both numbers have decreased since yesterday.
    • 3,651 have died with or from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. 113 people have died since yesterday.

  • Starting on Monday, Slovakia will require commuters to provide a negative antigen tests when entering the country.
    • These tests cannot be older than 14 days and must be conducted in Slovakia.
    • All other people entering Slovakia must provide a negative PCR test result no older than 72 hours.

  • Vienna and other Austrian federal states start their free mass testing program today.
    • You can get tested with rapid antigen tests at the Vienna Stadthalle, the Marxhalle in the 3rd district and exhibition hall (Messehalle) close to the Prater.
    • There seems to be ample interest in Vienna today.
    • Residents can register under: österreich-testet.at
    • Here’s when you can get tested in all the Austrian federal states.
  • Austria’s 7-day-incidence fell to 292 per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The city of Vienna now has the lowest 7-day-incidence of all Austrian federal states.
    • Vienna also has one of the lowest incidence rates of all Austrian districts – only 12 out of 95 Austrian districts (Bezirke) currently have a lower incidence of new infections.
Benjamin Wolf
Benjamin studied Journalism, History and International Affairs. After stints with Cafébabel in Paris and Arte in Strasbourg, he is now working as managing editor and COO for Metropole in Vienna. Fields of expertise are politics, economics, culture, and history. Photo: Visual Hub

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