Nearly 40 percent of all new infections occur in connection with travel and vacation

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Almost 40 percent of all new infections with coronavirus in Austria can now be traced back to travel. This means that more infections occur in connection with vacations and vacation stays than in households. This is the result of the epidemiological Covid-19 clarification of the Agency for Food Safety and Health (AGES), which was updated today.

Of the total of 3,266 cases officially detected in calendar week 30 (July 26 to August 1), the source of infection could be clarified in 69.5 percent. Of these, 39.3 percent were travel-associated – not surprising given that the majority of the population goes on vacation in the height of summer. However, in the two immediately preceding weeks, travel contributed only 16.9 percent (calendar week 29) and 15.8 percent (calendar week 28) to the incidence of infection.

Most recently, SARS-CoV-2 was transmitted in the home in 37.5 percent of cases. At the end of June, the rate in this area was still close to 60 percent. There has also been a significant decrease in the proportion of detected infections in the hotel and restaurant industry, where more than a quarter of cases were still occurring in mid-July. In the last week of July, the figure was 5.4 percent. In calendar week 30, 11.9 percent of infections could be attributed to the leisure sector – in the previous week, the figure was 20.3 percent.

— source: ORF.at/agencies/ picture: pixabay.com

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