Covid on April 26 – May 2 | Every Fourth Resident of Austria Vaccinated

The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s what happened in regards to COVID-19 in Austria in the week of April 26 to May 2, 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 26 to May 2, 2021.

Week 17, 2021

May 2

News From Austria

  • 3 out of 4 Austrians would reject the AstraZeneca vaccine
    • According to an APA survey done by Peter Hajek, there is a massive distrust towards the AstraZeneca vaccine.
    • 73% of the participants would say no to the British-Swedish vaccine.
    • The distrust for Johnson&Johnson has also a slight image problem with 31% saying they would reject the single-shot vaccine.
    • The number of people willing to get immunized has however risen.
    • According to a survey done in April, 52% of Austrians said that they were already vaccinated or that they are planning to get the shot.
    • 27% described the immunizations as unlikely and the remaining 21 were still undecided.
  • Health Minister Mückstein is against mandatory vaccination.
    • The Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein is planning to reach more people who haven’t decided if they’re getting vaccinated.
    • “My target group are the undecided, those are the people we have to reach in the following weeks and explain to them how important this is,” says Mückstein.
    • The Minister clarified however that he is against mandatory vaccination.
    • According to the Ministry of Health, the Indian variant will have no effect on the upcoming reopening.
    • Mückstein further underlined the importance of vaccination by adding that “this is the only way to go back to normality.”
  • Austrian ministries reported 1,625 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence yesterday stood at 156.3 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The highest incidence rate was recorded in Vorarlberg(250.3) and the lowest in Burgenland(91.7).
Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Total22,3311,56647610,245
Daily change-806-32-8+12
In percent-3.5%-2%-1.7%+0.1%
Daily PCR TestsRecoveredTested Positive
Total40,621589,534622,110
Daily change-26,461+2,419+1,625
In percent-39.4%+0.4%+0.3%
Vaccinations
Total vaccine jabs given3,176,924
Daily change+40,215
In percent+1.3%
People partly immunized (1st vaccine jab)2,289,773
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 16+)30.40%
People fully immunized (both vaccine jabs)842,480
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 16+)11.19%
Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, May 2, 2021.
  • Austria tightens the entry requirements for India, South Africa and Brazil
    • Austria has tightened the entry rules for people travelling from India and the two other mutation hotspots South Africa and Brazil.
    • Starting tomorrow people arriving from these countries will be required to have a negative PCR test.
    • The entry requirements for India have been previously tightened on Thursday.
    • Planes arriving from the country are not allowed to land and only those with a residency in Austria are allowed to enter the country.
    • In order to shorten the quarantine from the mandatory ten days a negative PCR test is required, which can be taken after five days of quarantine.
    • India has registered 400,000 new cases in a span of a day, the ninth record in a row.
    • Since the start of the pandemic 19 million people have been infected with COVID-19 and 212,000 have died.

News From Elsewhere

  • 50 people arrested at a rally in Finland
    • 50 people were arrested at a demonstration against COVID-19 measures in Finland yesterday.
    • According to the police report, 300 people have gathered for an unregistered rally in Helsinki.
    • Those arrested will be required to pay a fee.
    • Currently, only gatherings for up to 6 people are allowed in Helsinki.
    • Finland has had one of the lowest infection rates in Europe.
    • After the numbers started going up in mid-February, the government put stricter measures in place.
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.