Coronavirus in Austria | Final Decision for the End of the Lockdown Will Be Decided Tomorrow

The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Austria this week – updated regularly.

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, Amina Frassl and Daniel El-Sabeh.

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 lockdown in Austria in detail.

Here’s an overview of 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 2, 2021

January 16

News from Austria

  • Today the federal government will continue discussing the next steps for the country. Hints point to a possible extension of current national lockdown. However, retail stores may gradually reopen under strict safety measures. The official announcement is scheduled for Sunday.
    • For now, a large-scale loosening of restrictions seems unlikely, due to the newly identified cases of the British virus mutation.
      • The extent to which the variant has spread in Austria will be determined next week.
  • Big demonstrations organized by left-wing and right-wing extremist groups are planned to take place in Vienna today. Up to 30,000 people are expected to attend.

News from Elsewhere

  • According to the Johns Hopkins University, more than two million people have died with or from COVID-19 worldwide since the start of the pandemic.
  • The WHO Emergency Committee has preliminary decided that a coronavirus vaccine confirmation document is required for international travel. The group said that there are still many open questions regarding the effectiveness of the vaccines.

Go to the next page for news from January 15.

Daniel Jacob El-Sabeh
Daniel is half Austrian, with German Russian and Italian Lebanese roots, and grew up in Vienna and Lower Austria. Before joining Metropole, he worked as a Chef de Rang in numerous hotels. He's a hobby composer, film buff, and retro enthusiast.


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


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.


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.

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