Again almost 4,000 new infections in Austria

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On Thursday, almost 4,000 new infections were again reported in Austria. Since Wednesday, 3,969 new cases were added – on average, 3,913 new infections were recorded daily during the past week. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) said in a statement that intensive care units are still heavily overloaded and the number of deaths is too high. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,538 people have died as a result of Covid 19 infection.

In the past 24 hours, 92 coronavirus deaths were reported, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Health. The majority of deaths were registered in November – 2,075 in the previous month. “Our main goal is to reduce these far too many deaths as quickly as possible. In view of these dramatic figures, it would be high time that corona deniers and corona harmless people who have massively unsettled the population in recent months finally started to think and rethink and stop communicating their insecurity,” Anschober demanded.

At a high level, the number of people hospitalized was declining. A total of 4,082 people had to be treated in hospital on Thursday, compared to 4,245 on Wednesday, a decrease of 8.5 percent compared to the previous week. Last Thursday, 4,461 Covid-19 patients were still in hospital. On Thursday, 668 patients had to be treated in intensive care units – six fewer than on Wednesday and 37 patients or 5.3 percent fewer than on Thursday of the previous week. “This continues to be a severe overload. Such a stressful situation cannot be sustained for long by the great staff in the hospitals. We must therefore create massive reductions in the number of patients, because in the next few weeks, postponed operations will have to be made up for and from mid-December we expect the wave of influenza with a correspondingly large number of influenza patients, even seriously ill ones, who also need the best possible care,” Anschober stated.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 293,430 people in Austria have tested positive for the coronavirus – this now represents 3.3 percent of the population. 238,127 people are considered to have recovered, and in the past 24 hours 4,470 new recoveries were added – significantly more than new infections. The number of confirmed active cases currently stands at 51,765, meaning that on Thursday more people were actively infected than the tenth largest city in Austria – Dornbirn – has inhabitants; around 49,800 people live in the most populous urban community in Vorarlberg.

In the past 24 hours, 31,294 tests were added throughout Austria. With 3,969 positive results, the positive rate is 14.7 percent. On the day with the highest number of new infections – 9,586 were registered on November 13 – the positive rate was 24.7 percent. On average, 26,693 tests were reported daily last week, with the average already exceeding 30,000 at the beginning of the month.

The seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in Austria was 307.7 on Thursday – three days before the start of the lockdown light – and in contrast to the previous two days, it was also lower in all provinces than on the day before. At the beginning of the month, the incidence was still over 500 throughout Austria.

Vienna reported the most SARS-CoV-2 new infections in the past 24 hours – 754 were added. Upper Austria reported 704 new infections, Lower Austria 636 and Styria 612, while significantly fewer new cases were reported from Carinthia (356) and Tyrol (351). Salzburg introduced 269 new infections, Vorarlberg 187 and Burgenland exactly 100.

  • hp with reports from the Ministry of Health and kleinezeitung.at. picture: pixabay.com
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