Covid on December 6-12 | Over a Third of Austrians Got a Booster Shot

The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s what happened in regards to COVID-19 in Austria in the week of December 6-12, 2021.

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The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s what happened in regards to COVID-19 in Austria in the week of December 6-12, 2021.

Week 49

December 11 / 12

News From Austria

  • Although case numbers have continued to decline after the imposition of a nation-wide lockdown during the past four weeks, the Austrian COVID Commission fears an imminent resurgence of the pandemic due to the highly infectious Omicron variant.
    • The commission, composed of medical experts as well as representatives of the federal and regional governments, expect only a “brief respite”.
    • They project an important impact of the Omicron variant by mid-January.
  • As on the last weekends, there will be numerous protests in Vienna this Saturday against the ongoing lockdown as well as against the planned vaccine mandate.
  • At the same time, the country is preparing to re-open restaurants, retail and public life.
  • In all of Austria, the lockdown will end on December 12 for vaccinated citizens.
    • On that day, shops, stores and services can open across the country.
  • In Vienna, restaurants, bars and and cultural institutions will reopen starting on December 20.
    • Special hygiene requirements will apply to indoor cultural and sport activities.
    • For the moment, night clubs will remain closed.
    • Christmas markets will also reopen on December 12.
  • For those who are unvaccinated and not recovered, the lockdown will continue pending further notice.
  • Wearing an FFP2 mask as well as showing the green pass will be mandatory in most places.
  • Austrian ministries reported 4,460 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 382 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Total73,6902,55757313,143
Daily change-4,891-151-25+67
In percent-6.2%-5.6%-4.2%+0.5%
Daily TestsRecoveredTested Positive
Total320,6561,138,7221,225,555
Daily change-138,445+9,284+4,460
In percent-30.2%+0.8%+0.4%
Vaccinations
Total vaccine jabs given15,056,198
– daily change+152,290
Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab6,459,157
– in percentage of the population72.31%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)76%
People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)6,099,258
– in percentage of the population68.28%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)71.77%
Number of people who got the booster shot2,774,441
– in percentage of the population31.1%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, December 11, 2021

Benjamin Wolf
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

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Numbers

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

The Austrian Ministry of Health also publishes 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.