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 10

News from Austria

  • Schools reopen today and will remain in a „Sicherheitsphase“ (security phase) until the end of February.
    • During this phase students will have the option to remain at home.
    • Tests will be administered three times per and the mask mandate will stay in effect.
    • With these measures the goverment hopes to keep schools open as long as possible.
    • The “Security phase” was set to end on January 15 but due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, it was earlier this moth to prolonge it until February 28.
  • Austrian ministries reported 10,804 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 617.2 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
    • The value is highest in Salzburg (1,290) and lowest in Styria (331.3).
    • 13,855 people so far have died from COVID-19 in Austria.
    • Currently, 935 people are hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection.
    • 264 people currently require intensive care.
Active casesHospitalizedIn intensive care (ICU)Deaths
Total77,75793526413,855
Daily change+7,290+24+2+7
In percent+10.5%+2.6%+0.8%+0.1%
Daily TestsRecoveredTested Positive
Total539,0851,259,323 1,350,225
Daily change+14,673+3,507 +10,804
In percent+2.8%+0.3% +0.8%
Vaccinations
Total vaccine jabs given16,752,980
– change since Friday+18,898
Number of people who got at least their 1st vaccine jab6,651,524
– in percentage of the population74.46%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)78.26%
People fully immunized (valid vaccination certificate)6,327,627
– in percentage of the population70.84%
– in percentage of the eligible population (aged 5+)74.45%
Number of people who got the booster shot3,861,090
– in percentage of the population43.3%

Source: Austrian Ministry of Health, January 10, 2021

News From Elsewhere

  • China: the number of new infections with the Omicron variant is rising.
    • After the first community spread of Omicron, the country reported several more.
    • The number of new infections in the city of Tianjin rose from 20 to 40.
    • Two more cases were discovered in Central China.
    • This discovery of the community spread Omicron variant has the authorities worried.
    • China is set to host the Winter Olympics in less than four weeks.
Bogdan Brkić
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.

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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. 

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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.