Yesterday, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) once again announced that measures to contain the coronavirus would be tightened if the daily number of new infections did not decrease and the number of Covid-19 patients requiring intensive care continued to rise.
“The next few days will be days of setting the course. If the effectiveness of the partial lockdown does not provide relief, we will have to tighten the partial lockdown,” Anschober said in a broadcast.
The number of reported positive test results (5,933 on Sunday!)) is “still dramatically high”, he said, and the 459 Covid-19 patients in intensive care units – an increase of 58 percent within one week – is “alarming”. Care must be taken not to “overstep the boundaries of the health system”.
Over 1,500 infected people in old people’s homes and nursing homes
Due to too many cases of infection in the old and nursing homes, the tests in this area have been “massively intensified”, the minister continued. Recently 1,507 infected persons in old people’s and nursing homes were reported throughout Austria. Among the employees there were 877 confirmed cases.
According to the mailing, 100,000 antigen tests were delivered to the old people’s and nursing homes in the past week. Another three million were ordered. Anschober appealed again to “at least halve” contacts, to keep the minimum distance, to wear mouth-nose protection masks, to consistently adhere to measures such as night-time exit restrictions and to use the “Stop Corona” app.
In Upper Austria, tomorrow visits to old people’s homes, nursing homes and hospitals are strongly restricted. The federal province currently has the highest number of new infections.
- hp with reports from orf.at. Picture: pixabay.com
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