CoV on Jan. 4-10 | New Cases Stabilize Around 2,000 a Day

The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s what happened in regards to COVID-19 in Austria in the week of Jan. 4-10, 2021.

Find here the daily COVID-19 updates for Austria, with everything you need to know about the coronavirus in Austria.

We compiled for you an overview of the rules in force over the holidays and Christmas and a detailed guide on traveling to Austria during that period.

Austria’s government announced another hard lockdown that will start on December 26 and go through January 24, here are the rules of the third lockdown in detail.

Here’s an overview where you can get tested for COVID-19 in Vienna. If everything is a bit much for you or you experience domestic violence of any kind, here is our mental health resource article.

Here is a wrap-up of the measures currently in place in Austria.

Week 1, 2021

January 10, 2021

  • Employees in certain sectors will soon be required by law to get tested for the coronavirus once a week.
    • This will apply to more than 530,000 people in Austria who work in restaurants, bars, retail, education, storage or any other “professions close to the body.”
    • The Austrian Social Partners, the Unions (ÖGB) and the Association of Employers (WKÖ), agreed on a model that will include mandatory testing, during work-time and with employment protection in case a test is positive.
    • “Our businesses and their employees want to get back to work. For this, regular testing is an important step,” said the Presidents of both associations in a joint press release.
  • Austrian ministries reported 1,651 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence rose to 171 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Go to the next page for news from January 9.

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

Numbers

For current numbers, check the website of Ministry of Health and the AGES dashboard.

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.