Austria wants to prevent a second lockdown

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The government wants to prevent a second lockdown by tightening the regulations.

Vienna. Party stop, brake on private parties – the new restrictions hurt, but are unavoidable, said Chancellor Kurz: “It is necessary to prevent the catastrophic consequences that a second lockdown would have for Austria,” he warned on Thursday. Vice Chancellor Kogler said: “The situation is serious, but there is still something we can do.

Graphic Source: Screenshot – ORF ZiB2, 17. September 2020

Since the end of August, the corona virus has been back in the fast lane, unchecked. While the number of cases in the summer was still at 30 to 50 new cases per day, the authorities have recently been recording new record numbers every day with up to 900 infections.

Causes. It is also dramatic: we now have four times as many patients in hospital again. The number of patients in intensive care units has also tripled: “We do not yet need any additional hospital resources,” says Health Minister Anschober.

Curfew offenders: 1.450 €.- penalty

“We need increased controls again,” said Minister of the Interior Karl Nehammer. He announced the “sharp action” against offenders of the new COVID 19 measures. 1,450 euro penalty will be imposed.

— Hector Pascua, with reports from ORF2 “Zeit im Bild”

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