Austria: Positive PCR tests pile up at schools

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The rising corona numbers are also making themselves felt at schools. This week, almost 19,000 positive PCR tests were registered, significantly more than the previous week (around 14,000).

In total, 1.6 percent of the tests were positive in the two test runs (except for Vienna). Across Austria, eight schools are wholly blocked, and an additional 856 classes are entirely or partially obstructed.

In Vienna, 5,266 pupils (previous week: 4,607) were registered with infections, although a different testing system than in the rest of the country is used here with “Alles gurgelt.” In Upper Austria, 3,214 positive tests were recorded (previous week: 2,150), in Lower Austria 3,011 (previous week: 1,836), in Styria 2,839 (1,772), in Tyrol 1,185 (previous week: 1,106), in Salzburg 1,044 (745), in Carinthia 1,034 (844), in Vorarlberg 684 (401) and in Burgenland 457 (309).

Since the previous week, the guidelines for class closures have been relaxed – if there are two cases of infection per class within three days, there is no longer an automatic switch to distance learning. Therefore, classes can also be only partially closed: In Vienna, for example, if there are several cases of infection (apart from those who have tested positive), only those pupils who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered have to study at home.

  • source: k.at/picture: pixabay.com
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