For four days in a row, authorities have now recorded more than 5,000 new infections each. It’s a troubling streak that continued on Wednesday with the highest number so far in the fourth wave. 6,506 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours. As many as last on November 21, 2020 – at that time the third wave already subsided after the “lockdown light” was imposed on November 2. The highest value of new infections in Austria to date was measured on November 13 with 9,586.
This is the first time in the fourth wave that the number of active cases has risen above 50,000, specifically to 51,920. The seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants is now 430.53 across Austria.
The renewed increase compared to previous days is also likely to be related to school tests, which had to be conducted again for the first time on Tuesday after the long autumn vacations. However, exact data on how many school tests were administered on Tuesday – as of 11 a.m. Nov. 3 – is not yet available.
In addition, there are 20 new deaths related to Covid-19 infection to report, bringing the pandemic death toll in Austria to 11,400 so far.
Threshold of 300 intensive care patients exceeded
The number of intensive care patients with Covid-19 disease already surpassed the 300 threshold on Tuesday. Since Tuesday, 16 patients suffering from Covid-19 have been added to domestic intensive care units, bringing the total to 333 patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection in domestic intensive care units, according to figures from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior (as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday). There are currently 1,752 people with covid disease in normal wards.
Passing the 300 threshold is important because, according to the current staging plan, stage two goes into effect seven days after 300 Corona ICU patients are reached.
Thanks to vaccination, however, the situation in intensive care units is still comparatively relaxed despite comparably high numbers. The peak was not recorded until April 12, 2021, with 611 patients. The 7-day incidence at that time was half of what it is now, at around 200.
More than 300,000 third stings to date
According to the Department of Health’s Immunization Dashboard, a total of 11,558,438 vaccine doses have been administered to date, of which 336,137 people have received a third dose. 5,731,581 people have an active vaccination certificate (64.16% of the total population as well as 72.54% of the vaccine-eligible population).
The infections are distributed among the provinces as follows:
Upper Austria: 1,669
Lower Austria: 1.337
— source: sozialministerium.at
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