Coronavirus in Austria | Thousands March Against Mandatory Vaccination in Vienna

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

January 11

News from Austria

  • Lockdown for unvaccinated has been again been extended until January 20.
    • The government has also announced stricter controls of the “2-G Rule” in shops.
    • Businesses and their employees will have to carry out the checks, either right at the door or before payment.
    • The business owners received the new measures with mixed feelings.
    • On one hand, this regulation would mean that they would probably have to hire additional personnel on the other hand “everything is better than a lockdown,” says Margarete Gumprecht from the Vienna Chamber of Commerce.
    • She recommends that the businesses download the „Green Check“-App which will enable them to quickly scan the vaccination certificates.
    • The shops will receive help from the police, which will inspect not only the customers but the shop workers and management as well.
  • Austrian ministries reported 11,516 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 695 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The value is highest in Salzburg (1,445.7) and lowest in Styria (366.1).
    • 13,872 people so far have died from COVID-19 in Austria.
    • Currently, 928 people are hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection.
    • 256 people currently require intensive care.
Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Total84,62692825613,872
Daily change+7,579-7-8+17
In percent+9.8%-0.7%-3%+0.1%
Daily TestsRecoveredTested Positive
Total591,5311,263,243 1,361,741
Daily change+52,446+3,920 +11,516
In percent+9.7%+0.3% +0.9%
Vaccinations
Total vaccine jabs given16,795,984
– change since Friday+43,004
Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab6,656,472
– in percentage of the population74.52%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)78.32%
People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)6,337,245
– in percentage of the population70.94%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)74.57%
Number of people who got the booster shot3,887,874
– in percentage of the population43.6%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, January 11, 2021

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Bogdan Brkić
Originally from southern Serbia, he moved to Vienna in 2013 to study German Philology. He is an aspiring journalist whose passions include history, music and French pastries.

Current Status

If you live in Vienna, make sure to register for getting a vaccine against COVID-19 under impfservice.wien.  Here you can book your vaccination appointment.

The City of Vienna offers free vaccinations without an appointment to everyone – regardless of citizenship or insurance status – at multiple locations across the city. 

Vienna has reinstated a number of coronavirus restrictions for the fall. The Austrian government has presented a plan for schools and universities.  

Here’s an overview of where you can get tested for COVID-19 in Vienna and how the free 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 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.