Lockdown extended until Feb. 7, FFP2 mask requirement coming

After intensive consultations with states, experts and social partners, Austria’s federal government has decided to extend the “hard” lockdown. Specifically, the country is not to be “opened up” gradually from January 24, as originally planned, but only after February 7. The planned steps in detail: From January 25, the distance rule will be extended from one to two meters. This will apply to people who do not live in the same household.FFP-2 masks will be compulsory to wear in public transport and for customers in retail outlets. These are to…

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Covid-19 currently the most common cause of death in the USA

Covid-19 is already the leading cause of death in the United States. As of Friday, 3,744 victims of the pandemic were recorded nationwide. For eight months, Covid-19 deaths ranked third among causes of death in the United States – after heart disease and cancer, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) now reported. The situation is currently spiraling out of control in regions like Southern California. Southern California, with the Los Angeles metropolitan area and a population of about ten million (LA County), had apparently weathered the initial flare-up…

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Bars and restaurants in Italy almost everywhere closed again

First closed, then open again, then closed again: In the back and forth of the coronavirus restrictions, thousands of landlords in Italy will have to close their bars, restaurants and pizzerias to guests again starting tomorrow. Approximately 70 percent of the gastronomic enterprises are country widely of it affected, communicated the Italian agriculture federation Coldiretti yesterday. Food may then be sold in 15 of the 20 regions and autonomous provinces only to take away. Before the turn of the year, strict coronavirus rules were in force in Italy because of…

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Lockdown to be extended until Feb. 8

Late night new information leaked via APA: First opening from February 8, FFP2 masks mandatory and 2 meters distance. Official announcements from the Federal Government will be aired today, Sunday at 11.00 AM in almost all Austrian public and private TV News programs. The lockdown, which was in effect until January 24, will be extended until February 7. This is the result of negotiations between the provincial governors and the federal government on Saturday evening, as APA learned from negotiators’ circles. After that, it will be opened gradually, gastronomy, hotel…

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New lockdown rules will be announced tomorrow

Heute.at publishes in its online platform about the extension of lockdown in Austria. This: Both the schools and the trade will remain closed. The background to this is the B1.1.7. virus mutation, which is believed to be already widespread in Austria. In a random sample in Vienna, the virus variant was already detectable in almost every fifth PCR test. What’s in store for Austrians now – these are the new tightenings, which are to apply until February 8 for the time being: ➤ No opening of trade ➤ The gastronomy…

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1,723 new infections in Austria

In Austria, 66 people have died from or with coronavirus in the last 24 hours.The corona situation in Austria is tense, the British virus mutation B 1.1.7 on the rise. The infection figures are too high even after three weeks of lockdown. The provincial governors and the government have been discussing since yesterday what opening steps the country can be expected to take. Quite probably none. The situation is “highly volatile,” as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz put it. It is necessary to proceed “extremely cautiously. Like mach epidemiologist, Carinthia’s governor Peter…

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Austrian experts and specialists recommend general lockdown without exception

“The population is no longer sufficiently supportive of the measures,” said Oswald Wagner, vice rector for clinical affairs at Med Uni Vienna, in a panel of experts on the coronavirus situation in Austria on Saturday. What the specialists recommend to the federal government: “General lockdown without exception.” This would have to apply until the 7-day incidence, i.e. the cases per 100,000 inhabitants, would fall below 50. Only then could there be a gradual opening at all, according to Wagner’s personal opinion. He also believes that the home office should become…

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Getting to know the two vaccines Pfizer/Biontech and Moderna

The European Union approved Pfizer/Biontech’s first Corona vaccine in December, and Moderna has now also been given the green light in early January. What is the difference between the two vaccines? Do they have anything in common? And what about tolerability and side effects? Here is all the information we have on this: Both vaccines work by means of mRNA technology. This has been researched for more than ten years, and is now achieving its first global breakthrough with the development of the Corona vaccine. StorageThere is a significant difference…

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More than 18,000 new infections in Germany

More than 18,000 people in Germany have been infected with the corona virus within 24 hours. Health offices reported 18,678 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within 24 hours, the RKI announced early Saturday. This brought the number of known cases since the start of the pandemic to 2,019,636 (as of January 16, 00:00). Just the day before, 22,368 new infections had been reported. It should be noted that the actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected. In addition,…

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