News From Austria
- The current 7-day-incidence, rates of new infections and contact tracing differs significantly throughout Austria.
- We compiled some graphics on the data as it was available this last week (January 21) – there is always some delay in reporting from all federal states.
- Our very own Daniel El-Sabeh created several graphics to better show what these numbers mean in practice.
The 7-day-incidence between Austria’s federal states differs markedly, with the Salzburg’s (220) being more than double the rate of Vienna (102).
While Vienna counts most active CoV cases, it also has the highest “clearance rate” at 66%, i.e. the number of contacts that could be tracked and traced after somebody tested positive for the virus.
The rate is particularly low in Styria, with only 20% of cases being “cleared” and followed up on. Other federal states fall somewhere in between.
Austria’s Society for Health and Nutrition (AGES) also analyses all recorded cases and aims to assign them to a cluster (e.g. household, work, leisure activities, etc.).
Interestingly, Vienna succeeds in tracing significantly more cases than the rest of Austria. This can be seen in a comparison between the numbers for all of Austria including Vienna (first graphic below) and Austria excluding Vienna (second graphic below).
- Today, the Austrian government presented its new framework for teleworking.
- According to the new law, “home office will remain a subject to negotiations,” meaning that employers and employees always have to agree on if and how.
- Neither can employers decree teleworking nor can employees decide themselves they want to work from home.
- In the future, accident insurance will cover workers working from home.
- Up to €600 for equipment for teleworking can also be deducted from taxes.
- Austrian ministries reported 1,641 new infections in the last 24 hours.
- The 7-day-incidence stands at 114 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
- For the first time since the year 1974, Austria recorded in the year 2020 less than 100 million tourist overnight stays (both from domestic and foreign tourists).
- The so-called “ski teacher cluster” in in Flachau (Pongau), in the federal state of Salzburg, continues to grow.
- A total of 152 people took part in the courses.
- Of those, 76 have now tested positive for the coronavirus and are in quarantine.
- Several reports on parties in Tyrol have made the round recently in Austrian media.
- Britons and Scandinavians have reportedly partied in St. Anton in Tyrol, including après ski activities (which are officially prohibited this year).
- Furthermore, it it is believed that the South African coronavirus strain was brought to Tyrol by owners of a hotel in Zillertal who chose to go on golf holidays in South Africa during the last lockdown.
- Günther Platter, Tyrol’s governor, meanwhile sees the public mood “on edge,” calling for ski slopes and ski lifts to stay open and further lockdown measures to be “carefully considered.”
- Platter also claimed that there will be stricter controls in places such as St. Anton in Tyrol but otherwise also sees a tendency of “Tyrol bashing” in international media, following several recent critical media reports.
News From Elsewhere
- The French pharma corporation Sanofi has agreed to produce up to 125 million doses of the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine starting this summer.
- The agreement follows several setbacks in Sanofi’s own vaccine development.
- The doses are meant for use in the EU and will be produced at Sanofi’s manufacturing plant in Frankfurt, Germany.
Go to the next page for news from January 26.