Lockdown decision to be announced on 1st day of vacations

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Early next week, the extension of the hard lockdown could be announced. After a marathon discussion by the federal government on the Corona situation on Monday, a decision on when the lockdown should really end was postponed. Only in the coming week they want to announce a decision. According to the Austrian free newspaper “Heute”, the decision will be made on Monday – at the same time as the first day of the semester break in Vienna and Lower Austria.

It will then be clear whether the lockdown will remain in place or whether the first tentative steps towards opening the doors can be taken. This will ultimately depend on the number of occupied intensive care beds in the hospitals, the number of fatalities and the effectiveness of the new measures.

In any case, 1,417 new infections and 64 deaths were reported Tuesday. 40 people had to be newly hospitalized. So far, there have been 407,140 positive test results in Austria. As of today (January 26, 2021, 09:30), 7,515 people across Austria have died as a result of the Corona virus and 384,926 have recovered.

The staggering finding is that the seven-day incidence of cases is barely moving. From 121.2 previously, the number of new infections per 100,000 population dropped in seven days to 120.4 now.

As reported, there is already no talk of a lockdown ending on February 8 – but the opposite, an extension of the hard lockdown perhaps even until Easter at the beginning of April, no one wants to talk about yet. In addition, the latest report of the Corona Commission is shaking things up. Experts believe that within three weeks from now, the highly contagious Corona mutations will account for the majority of domestic Corona infections – and in seven weeks, the incidence of infection will explode.

Face-to-face instruction in schools should have begun in Vienna and Lower Austria on Feb. 8 – there is no new information on that. The two states begin the semester break on Feb. 1 – just when the government is expected to announce a longer lockdown. All other federal states should have started their vacations with the originally planned end of the lockdown on February 8.

  • source: heute.at/picture: pixabay.com
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