Record for new corona infections: No stricter measures planned for now

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The previous record of 17,000 new coronavirus infections recorded in Austria on Wednesday is expected to fall in the coming days. Up to 30,000 cases could be reached in the next days – but stricter corona measures are not to be set for now.

Record: 17,000 new cases on Wednesday
Stricter Corona measures will not follow the numbers for now, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said in the press foyer after the Council of Ministers. “These numbers have been predicted for 14 days and are therefore no surprise.” Austria has chosen a “safe path” compared to other countries in Europe, he said.

New corona infections on the rise – lockdown to be prevented nonetheless
The goal is still to prevent a lockdown and keep the country running, he said. However, the forecasting consortium’s current assessment is that up to 30,000 new cases per day could be reached soon.

Mueckstein: Further tightening not necessary
“With Delta, we would have been in a good position at the beginning of December, but then Omicron came along and shuffled everything,” Mückstein said. Still, he said, further tightening is not necessary because ICU utilization is currently at 12 percent. At Delta, he said, one in four hospitalized patients ended up in the ICU; at Omicron, it’s only one in 10. “We’re driving on sight.”

Way out of pandemic remains vaccination, he said.
Today’s record numbers were taken into account when deciding on the measures in place, he said. The way out of the pandemic remains coronavirus vaccination, Mueckstein reiterated, announcing an information campaign in the coming weeks. “The most important issue in vaccination is information”.

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