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
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 cases||Hospitalized||In intensive care (ICU)||Deaths|
|Daily PCR Tests||Recovered||Tested Positive|
|Total vaccine jabs given||3,176,924|
|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%|
- 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.