Anschober: Intensive care units still heavily overloaded

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For the first time since the end of October, the number of active Corona cases in Austria has fallen below the 30,000 mark.

With 1,519 new infections in Austria, the lowest number in exactly two months was reported in Austria on Monday. There were also 84 more fatalities. For the first time since late October, Austria also fell below the 30,000 active cases mark. The new infections were offset by 2,445 recoveries – as always with a comparatively low 20,957 PCR tests reported on Mondays. Thus, the number of active cases dropped to 29,280.

Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) stressed that intensive care units are still heavily overloaded and mortality in Austria is far too high. “Now it is a matter of not reversing the trend during the holidays and continuing to act cautiously, prudently and responsibly. Then we can manage to reach our goal and drastically reduce the incidence of infection – and thus the risk for each individual,” Anschober opined.

Since Sunday 84 dead
In the past week, 905 people have died in Austria from or with Covid-19. On average, there were nearly 130 deaths per day. The seven-day incidence among deaths is already 10.2 – meaning that ten people per 100,000 population have died from infection in the past week. Since Sunday, authorities in Austria have reported 84 deaths – five of which died in nursing homes and homes for the elderly, according to the Health Ministry. A total of 5,435 people with SARS-CoV-2 have already died since the pandemic began.

Continuing at a high level are the numbers of people receiving hospital treatment. 2,891 people were in hospital on Monday, 16 fewer than on Sunday, according to Interior and Health Ministry figures. 478 were in intensive care units, three fewer than on Sunday.

An average of 2,189 new infections were added daily in Austria over the past seven days. The number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants within the past seven days dropped to 184.1. With 20,957 tests reported and 1,519 positive results, the positive rate is 7.2 percent. On average, 27,023 tests were fed into the Epidemiologic Notification System (EMS) daily over the past seven days. Of these, nearly 8.1 percent were positive.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 340,373 tested positive
Two months ago, on October 20, the last number of new infections reported in Austria was 1,524, which was the same as the number reported in the previous year or lower. By October 21, 1,958 new infections had been reported, and by the following day, more than 2,400 new cases had been reported. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 340,373 people have tested positive in Austria. 305,658 have survived a SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Lower Austria reported the most new infections in the past 24 hours with 324, followed by 272 in Upper Austria and 244 in Vienna. Styria added 156 infected persons, Tyrol 147 and Carinthia 133. Vorarlberg reported 84 new infections and Burgenland 68.

hp, Source: k.at. picture: pixabay.com

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