4657 new infections in Austria, 58 more fatalities

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4657 new corona infections have been reported throughout Austria within the past 24 hours (as of 9.30 am on Monday). Although the number is lower, this is due to the weekend, when generally fewer new infections are reported. In addition, the focus is on the number of hospitalizations, as Austria’s hospitals have reached the limits of their capacity in terms of intensive care beds – and here again an increase has been recorded in the past 24 hours.

Most new infections were reported on Monday from Lower Austria with 1038, followed by Upper Austria with 917. Tyrol registered 578 newly infected persons, Vienna 505, Salzburg 468 and Styria 417. Vorarlberg registered 329 new infections, Burgenland 223 and Carinthia 182. The number of newly infected persons according to the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Health was thus almost 2500 cases below the seven-day average of currently 7124 positive for Covid-19 tested persons.

However, at a press conference, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) emphasized that the figures are Monday figures – which are “as in weeks always significantly lower”. Currently 77,055 people in Austria are actively ill.

Number of intensive care patients exceeded the 600 mark
In addition, the number of hospitalizations in Austria is currently far more decisive – and it has continued to rise: within the past 24 hours, 106 patients had to be admitted to normal wards in Austrian hospitals, and the number of patients requiring intensive care due to a coronavirus infection also increased: 13 more are being treated in intensive care units. A total of 4297 patients currently need to be treated in hospitals, the number of occupied intensive care beds exceeded the 600 mark – currently 612 people are undergoing intensive care.

With regard to the hospitalized, Anschober emphasized that there is a stopping distance of about two weeks after measures have been taken. On Tuesday two weeks ago, a partial lockdown came into effect, which will change into an almost complete shutdown tomorrow, Tuesday, to relieve the hospitals.

Further increase in fatalities
Once again, more deaths had to be reported: 58 people died in the past 24 hours as a result of coronavirus infection. This means that there have been deaths throughout Austria since the beginning of the pandemic in 1887. 433 deaths within seven days meant a further increase in the number of victims. In the comparable period of the seven days before, 295 infected persons had died.

— Hector Pascua, Source: sozialministerium.at and with reports from krone.at. Picture: pixabay.com

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