Corona traffic light: further increases in infections expected

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The Corona Traffic Light Commission expects the significant increase in coronavirus case numbers to continue. At the same time, with the exception of Vorarlberg, Austria is already at “very high risk” and thus remains largely red.

Current corona incidences
A withdrawal of the relaxation of the visiting rules in the hospitals is to be considered, it was said from the committee after the weekly meeting Thursday afternoon. This is in case the increasing burden on intensive care units continues.

South African variant now spreading in Upper Austria and Vienna
The South Africa variant is now spreading more widely in Upper Austria and Vienna. The outlier remains Vorarlberg, which remains the only province to be switched to orange.

In the rest of the country, there is “very high risk,” which means traffic light color red. This is probably due to the fact that the British variant has still not taken over in the far west.

Thus, the proportion of infections with an N501Y mutation, which includes British, South African and Brazilian variants, was only 30.3 percent in Vorarlberg. In comparison, these more contagious and presumably more dangerous variants already account for 88.1 percent in Burgenland. These mutations have also long been dominant in Salzburg (78.9 percent) and Vienna (72.3).

The burden on the health care system has increased compared to the previous week. The Corona-specific ICU burden as of Wednesday was 16.1 percent based on all reported ICU beds, the Traffic Light Commission writes. Projections from the COVID Forecast Consortium showed further increases to more than 20 percent by March 24. If case numbers continue to rise, the relaxation of hospital visitation rules should be reconsidered, the commission said.

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