Austria has reported 2,198 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths in the past 24 hours. The death toll from the COVID-19 disease is twice as high as on Wednesday, respectively. A week ago, the APA news agency reported, referring to Thursday’s data from the Vienna Ministry of Health.
Hundreds of thousands of Austrians have contracted the virus
Currently, 822 people are hospitalized, 202 of whom are in intensive care units. There were 14 patients at JIS weekly. The seven-day incidence rate is about 162.5 cases per 100,000 population.
During the week, the number of Covid-19 victims increased by 48. Since the beginning of the epidemic in Austria, 10,870 people have died and 718,091 have been infected with the virus. 684,548 people have recovered. The number of active cases increased from 607 to 22,673.
Most positive test takers were in Vienna (621), followed by Upper Austria (430), Lower Austria (392), Styria (213), Salzburg (184), Carinthia (113), Tyrol (96), Vorarlberg (93) and Burgenland ( 56).
The risk of taking additional measures
Austrian Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said on Thursday that additional anti-epidemic measures could be taken in the country as the number of JIS patients increased. The Green Party leader, Coogler, emphasized that if this happened, “a distinction will be made between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.”
“Vaccination will be a big key (to success),” said the vice-chancellor, adding that instead of a commitment to vaccination, responsibility would help the population. “The main objective is to protect the freedom to vaccinate, but also to protect the freedom to vaccinate. The health system.”
According to him, in case of excessive occupancy of beds in intensive care units, the validity of the tests can be shortened and a more accurate PCR method is preferred. He also mentioned stricter controls over the rules in place.
Last week, the Austrian government adopted a multi-stage plan of measures against the spread of the Corona virus based on the occupation of hospitals. On Wednesday, the rule went into effect requiring unvaccinated people to wear FFP2 respirators instead of regular curtains when shopping or on public transport.
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