Starting Friday, Austria will be completely red: the Coronavirus Commission has determined a very high risk of infection for all districts and regions of Austria in its meeting on Thursday afternoon. This means that the last yellow and orange districts on the map have also disappeared.
To date, there are still 15 districts and regions where the risk of infection has been rated as medium or high. In all of these districts, the assessment has been tightened. Spittal an der Drau in Carinthia, Murau in Styria and the Vorarlberg regions Klostertal/Arlberg and the Großes Walsertal were changed from medium risk to very high risk.
The districts of Güssing in Burgenland, Hollabrunn, Horn, Mistelbach and Scheibbs in Lower Austria, Feldkirchen, Klagenfurt-Land, St. Veit an der Glan, Villach-Land and Villach in Carinthia as well as Reutte in Tyrol and Bregenzerwald/Kleinwalsertal in Vorarlberg were already classified as high risk. From Friday they are also on the level “very high risk”. The remaining districts of Austria were already in the red zone before that.
Still weekly risk assessment
The Coronavirus Commission’s assessment was based on the risk of transmission, the traceability of transmission chains, test activity and resource utilization of hospitals. The detailed criteria for the assessments are available on the Coronavirus traffic light website.
The Coronavirus Commission will continue to carry out weekly risk assessments, especially in order to be able to reflect improvements in the incidence of infection, it was said in a mailing.
AGES: 7-day incidence increases to 407
The number of active coronavirus cases is in Austria (status: Thursday, 14.00 o’clock) according to the numbers of the Dashboard of the agency for health and food security (AGES) with 64.055. The 7-day incidence continued to rise: The new infections in the past week are at 407 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The number of newly reported infections was 7,416 according to the Ministry of the Interior and Health (as of Thursday, 9.30 a.m.). 1,251 people have died nationwide as a result of Covid-19 according to the AGES. 2,584 people are currently undergoing hospital treatment, 383 of them in intensive care units.
For the first time over 1,000 new infections in Vienna
In Vienna, the number of new infections within 24 hours on Thursday exceeded 1,000 for the first time. Health City Councillor Peter Hacker (SPÖ) appealed to all Viennese who were on vacation in the autumn to get tested. “Even if it was only a short vacation in the Weinstrasse, it makes sense to get tested”, Hacker said.
Hacker said that the experience of testing travel returnees in the Teststrasse near the Ernst Happel Stadium last August and September had already been very positive. Rapid testing would have made it possible to detect infections at an early stage and interrupt infection chains.
Source: ORF.at/agencies. Graphic: ORF.at/corona
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