“The population is no longer sufficiently supportive of the measures,” said Oswald Wagner, vice rector for clinical affairs at Med Uni Vienna, in a panel of experts on the coronavirus situation in Austria on Saturday. What the specialists recommend to the federal government: “General lockdown without exception.” This would have to apply until the 7-day incidence, i.e. the cases per 100,000 inhabitants, would fall below 50.
Only then could there be a gradual opening at all, according to Wagner’s personal opinion. He also believes that the home office should become mandatory, and for everyone for whom it is only somehow possible. “It’s really important now that we push the reduction of people’s movement from the current minus 30 percent to below 50 percent, as in the first lockdown,” Wagner said of citizen compliance with the lockdown.
In addition, vulnerable groups would have to be vaccinated through as quickly as possible and a general FFP2 mask obligation would have to come, namely in all closed rooms. In addition, the experts rely on regular Corona tests of the entire population and the increase of the safety distance from one to two meters. Colleague and virologist Andreas Bergthaler also warns that there are now around 100 suspected cases of the mutated virus, which is spreading explosively.
The mutated cases are doubling every week, according to Herwig Ostermann, managing director of Gesundheit Österreich. Now, if the overall reproduction numbers can be pushed down, the doubling time will lengthen, giving Austria some breathing room, he said. “There is no discernible downward trend,” says university professor Erich Neuwirth. He, too, has a general FFP2 mask requirement in mind.
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