Lockdown: Lower Austria and Vienna extended until May 2, 2021

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Update: Vienna extends lockdown until May 2 +++ Lower Austria joins in +++ Classroom instruction in schools from April 25 +++

Lower Austria, like Vienna, extends lockdown until May 2. “The situation is still critical in parts of the eastern region,” Provincial Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Provincial Deputy Governor Stephan Pernkopf (both ÖVP) and Provincial Councilor Ulrike Königsberger-Ludwig (SPÖ) announced regarding the situation in intensive care units on Monday evening. “Until further notice, Lower Austria therefore joins Vienna in extending the protective measures.” Burgenland will decide on Wednesday.

“According to the forecasts of the experts, an easing in the intensive care units in Lower Austria could become possible from next week. However, health experts are still warning against going it alone in the eastern region,” a statement from Lower Austria’s top politicians said. The Ministry of Health therefore makes the urgent recommendation to extend the measures in the eastern region in unison. “At the same time, we expect the federal government to quickly provide a clear path for opening steps beyond that in May in gastronomy, culture and sports,” the two ÖVP politicians and the SPÖ regional health councilor told APA.

Burgenland, unlike the federal capital and Lower Austria, does not yet want to decide on the continuation or end of the lockdown, but still wants to observe the further development of the Corona numbers. The situation in intensive care units continues to be tense, but at the same time, a sharp drop in seven-day incidence has been recorded. A decision is to be made on Wednesday, it was said from the office of Governor Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) on Monday evening to the Austrian press Agency.

There was great understanding that Vienna had already decided to extend the lockdown in view of high number in intensive care patients, it was said Monday evening from the office of the governor of Burgenland. From Burgenland’s perspective, however, the incidence is falling: “There are currently only three provinces with lower incidence.”

Burgenland also continues to have a high testing intensity, he said, so the declining infection trend is not due to a lowered testing level. Now it is to be evaluated with experts until Wednesday whether the positive trend is really sustainable and can lead to a foreseeable relief.

source: APA/oe24.at/picture: pixabay.com

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