The highly tense situation in Austrian hospitals, and especially in those in eastern Austria, is only slowly easing. According to figures from the Ministry of Health and Interior, 577 Covid 19 patients were in domestic intensive care units on Thursday (as of 9:30 a.m.), nine fewer than on Wednesday. A total of 2,197 patients with coronavirus illness were in the hospital, down by 103 from the previous day.
Vienna had 221 intensive care patients with covid disease on Thursday, down by two from Wednesday. But the level remains well above that of last fall’s second wave, when Austria recorded its previous highs. But the number of ICU patients in the federal capital remained about 50 to 60 ICU patients lower than these days in the fall. In Lower Austria, there were four fewer than the previous day, with a total of 123 people with Covid-19 in an intensive care unit there. In Burgenland, which does not share the extension of the lockdown until early May in eastern Austria, a new high in intensive care patients was recorded. 28 were up by one from Wednesday. The highest decrease was in Upper Austria, with six fewer than Wednesday (64 total ICU patients), and the highest increase was in Tyrol, with five more (36 total). Thus, the decline over the past seven days in Austria has been marginal, with about 0.2 percent fewer Covid patients in intensive care per day than the previous day.
In the past 24 hours, 2,678 new infections were added across Austria. That was above the average of the previous seven days, which showed 2,567 new infections per day. Since the start of the pandemic, 586,883 infections with coronavirus have been detected, with 17,969 added in the past seven days. The seven-day incidence – the number of infections per day per 100,000 population averaged over the past seven days – was 201.9 nationwide, slightly lower than Wednesday’s 204.4. Regionally, there was a decrease from 253.5 to 234.6 in Vienna, and from 180 to 171.9 in Burgenland. In Lower Austria, the third lockdown province, however, this value increased from 190.9 to 196.5. The highest value by far was recorded in East Tyrol: The seven-day incidence in the district of Lienz was 439.1, according to the AGES dashboard.
The number of people who have died from or with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic exceeded 9,800 for the first time in Austria on Thursday and now stands at 9,813. Compared to Wednesday, 34 victims were added, and in the past seven days, there have been an average of 32 more corona deaths per day. If the trend continues unabated, it is feared that more than 10,000 people in Austria will have fallen victim to the Corona pandemic at the beginning or in the middle of next week.
The number of actively infected people increased slightly compared to Wednesday and stood at 29,466 on Thursday, but there were 597 fewer infections per day on average over the past seven days. Meanwhile, 547,604 people have recovered from infection with the coronavirus since the pandemic began. In the past 24 hours, 308,943 antigen and PCR tests were added, of which 71,287 were the informative PCR tests. 4.1 percent of them were positive.
Most new infections were registered in Vienna with 662, in Upper Austria there were 555, in Lower Austria 460. 261 additional infections with the coronavirus were registered in Styria, 247 in Tyrol,157 in Salzburg, 155 in Carinthia and 112 in Vorarlberg. Burgenland remained the only province with 69 in the double-digit range.
According to the E-vaccination passport, 2,263,713 vaccinations have been carried out in Austria up to and including Wednesday. In 24 hours, 60,096 stings were added, and in the past seven days, 372,542 vaccinations were given. This means that 1,605,395 people, or 18 percent of the population, had been vaccinated. Of these, 658,318 have already received both partial vaccinations. This means that 7.4 percent of Austrians are fully immunized.
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