Covid on April 19-25 | Over 2 Million People in Austria Vaccinated

The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s what happened in regards to COVID-19 in Austria in the week of April 19 to April 25, 2021.

Find here the daily COVID-19 updates for Austria, with everything you need to know about the coronavirus in Austria, brought to you by Benjamin Wolf, Daniel El-Sabeh and Bogdan Brkić.

We compiled for you a detailed guide on traveling to Austria during that period.

From April 1-18, eastern Austria (Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland) has entered an “Easter Lockdown,” with shops and services closing and a round-the-clock curfew. Vienna and Lower Austria have prolonged measures until May 2.

Austria plans to open up the economy and society on May 19, with a “green pass” access to many places for those who are vaccinated, tested negative or recently had an infection.

Here’s an overview of where you can get tested for COVID-19 in Vienna and how the free, weekly 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.

The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s what happened in regards to COVID-19 in Austria in the week of April 19 to April 25, 2021.

April 25

News From Austria

  • 2 million people in Austria have received at least the first partial vaccination against the coronavirus as of today.
    • Next week, the first delivery of the additional or early Biontech-Pfizer vaccine doses is expected, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) spoke in a broadcast of a “vaccination turbo”.
    • Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) once again appealed to everyone to “get vaccinated.”
    • The more people who get vaccinated, he said, the sooner the situation in intensive care units will ease and more controlled opening steps will be possible.
    • Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said: “The additional vaccine doses that are coming now will ensure that we reach our goals faster than expected.”
  • Austrian ministries reported 2,025 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 182 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Total25,7371,78652210,087
Daily change-463-59+15+17
In percent-1.8%-3.2%+3%+0.2%
Daily PCR TestsRecoveredTested Positive
Total62,129573,155608,979
Daily change-4,632+2,471+2,025
In percent-6.9%+0.4%+0.3%
Vaccinations
Total vaccine jabs given2,798,424
Daily change+36,361
In percent+1.3%
People partly immunized (1st vaccine jab)2,018,702
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 16+)26.80%
People fully immunized (both vaccine jabs)779,722 
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 16+)10.35%
Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, April 25, 2021.
  • With the openings from mid-May, the federal government wants to lower the limit for exit controls from particularly affected coronavirus areas.
    • Upper Austria’s governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) sees this critically and wants to discuss the measure that, for areas with a 7-day incidence of 300, exit tests should be necessitated.
    • In districts within large federal states, it is impossible to control, Stelzer believes. For Wels-Stadt, the dashboard today showed a 7-day incidence of 336.
    • Yesterday, after loud calls from Lower Austria, the Ministry of Health had sent a decree, which provisionally brought relaxations for the lifting of the exit test obligation.
    • This meant that the exit controls in Wiener Neustadt and in the district of Scheibbs could be ended.
  • In the night to Sunday in the municipal area of Ampass (district Innsbruck-Land) an “outdoor party” has been broken up by the police.
    • Yesterday, around 22:00, the police in Neu Arzl and Hall in Tyrol were informed about a party with about 200 visitors on the banks of the Inn in the municipal area of Ampass.
    • “Upon arrival of 8 police patrols was actually a party with about 150-200 people in progress,” said the police.
    • When the police officers arrived on the banks of the Inn, the majority of the party guests took flight on foot or by bicycle. However, some people could be stopped and checked.
    • According to the police, the visitors, some of whom were heavily intoxicated, were cooperative and reasonable.

News From Elsewhere

  • The Italian Council of Ministers approved the “Recovery Plan“, the EU reconstruction program financed with EU money, overnight.
    • Italy will receive €191.3 billion, the most of any EU country, from the Recovery Fund, 68.9 billion of which will be grants. Italy will also receive €27.4 billion in labor market assistance.
    • The plan has received the green light from the EU Commission, Prime Minister Mario Draghi told ministers.
    • Italy should then soon receive the first tranche of around €27 billion. Digitization, innovation, competitiveness and culture are to be financed with €42.5 billion.
    • The government wants to allocate €57 billion to the “green revolution” and ecological change, according to a draft of the “Recovery Plan”.
  • With new highs in new infections every day, India is currently considered the global center of the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s hospitals are collapsing.
    • There is a shortage of patient beds and oxygen supplies. Crematoriums are also overloaded. “It’s a tsunami,” a court in the Delhi metropolis described the situation.
    • The rapid spread of coronavirus is pushing hospitals in India to their breaking point. Television images showed queues outside hospitals.
    • Military planes and trains are already used to bring oxygen to Delhi from various regions at home and abroad.
    • The Ministry of Health reported a new global high in new infections for the third consecutive day, with 346,786 cases.
    • The head of the European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber (CSU), called for the immediate suspension of all flights from India to the EU.
    • “The Indian double variant seems to be spreading rapidly, and the situation there is threatening to get out of control,” Weber said, explaining his push.
    • Germany plans to declare India a virus variant area starting Monday. Not only direct flights, but also flights via airports on the Gulf and the Bosporus are in question.
    • Austria currently has landing bans for aircraft from South Africa and Brazil. These are in effect until May 2. There is no such ban for flights from India. Exceptions are:
      • Australia
      • Iceland
      • New Zealand
      • Singapore
      • South Korea
      • Vatican. However

The new Indian virus variant has not yet been detected in Austria as of Saturday

  • Spanish police have arrested a man in Mallorca for assault, who is said to have infected other people with the coronavirus.
    • Although the 40-year-old showed clear symptoms of the disease, he continued to come to work and also visited his go-to fitness center in Manacor.
    • Both his work colleagues and his supervisor had asked him to go home so as not to infect anyone. But the man continued to come to work, even with a fever of 40 degrees.
    • At his workplace, he coughed and pulled down his mask at the same time. As he did so, he shouted, “I’m going to infect all of you with coronavirus.”
    • The result of a PCR test was then positive. Colleagues were also tested, 5 were positive. In the meantime, they had already infected other family members, including 3 babies.
    • He also had infected 3 people in the gym. They, too, would have passed the virus on to family members. In total, the man’s behavior would have infected 22 people.
  • 2 masks to protect against the coronavirus must be worn by people in Peru from tomorrow when they go shopping.
    • According to a decree published yesterday (local time), the double mask requirement will apply not only in supermarkets but also in other places with a risk of crowding.
    • The double mask requirement is in addition to the obligation to wear a transparent visor in markets, shopping centers, pharmacies and galleries.
    • Peru’s interim President Francisco Sagasti had declared that his country was at the height of a 2nd wave. He therefore ordered the distribution of free masks to the population.
    • So far, 1.7 million infections and 59,440 deaths have been reported in Peru, a country of 32 million people.
    • The vaccination campaign is making slow progress in the Andean country.
    • According to the Ministry of Health, 559,000 people, or 1.7% of the 33 million population, have received the two required vaccination shots so far.
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

Current Status

We compiled for you a detailed guide on traveling to Austria during the pandemic.

If you live in Vienna, make sure to register for getting a vaccine against COVID-19 under impfservice.wien. If you already registered and it is the turn for your age or risk group, here you can book your vaccination appointment.

Vienna and Lower Austria have re-opened shops and services “close to the body” on May 3. 

Austria plans to open up the economy and society on May 19, with those vaccinated, tested negative or recently infected getting access to many places with a “green pass.” 

Here’s an overview of where you can get tested for COVID-19 in Vienna and how the free, weekly 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 published 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.