Austria: Delta variant is on the rise

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According to Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens), new corona measures are being discussed due to recent developments in Austria.

Corona numbers in Austria have risen significantly in recent days! For example, on August 13, there were more than 1,000 new infections, and most recently the numbers have settled at a value around 900. While the delta variant is driving the numbers up, the vaccination rate is stagnating. The federal capital is already considering new measures.

Vienna’s city councillor for health, Peter Hacker, is more than concerned about the fourth wave of Corona and now wants stricter rules for non-vaccinated people. For example, unvaccinated people should no longer be allowed to enter leisure facilities. “There will be no way around the fact that only vaccinated people will get in,” Hacker is quoted as saying in the “Kronen Zeitung.”

But what is the situation in the other federal states? Is a 1G rule even conceivable nationwide? This is precisely what Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) commented on Sunday in “Zeit im Bild 2.” “We are at the beginning of the fourth wave and are watching this closely,” Mückstein said. But he added that the numbers speak a clear language and show that “we are dealing with a significantly more dangerous variant.”

Calls for stricter Corona measures for the unvaccinated, however, are premature for the health minister at this point. However, it is necessary to start thinking about how to get to a “safe autumn,” the 47-year-old continued on “ZIB 2.” “But to distinguish at the moment, unvaccinated and vaccinated on a broader basis, that would, I think, lead to a division of society.”

Nevertheless, Mückstein made it clear that new measures would definitely be discussed in light of recent developments. For the health minister, one conceivable measure would be the reintroduction of mandatory masks indoors. “A measure that is very effective,” he said.

And the validity of antigen tests is also being discussed; here, there could be a reduction in the period of validity from 48 to 24 hours. This measure is currently being discussed with experts, but no decision has been made yet.

However, a decision could probably be made soon, because on August 31, the regulation of Health Minister Mückstein expires.

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

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