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Corona in Austria: Ischgl scandal intensifies - politicians warned: "If a camera sees the operation"


Austria is trying to get the Corona crisis under control. The number of people infected with Covid 19 continues to rise. Meanwhile, there is bad suspicion in Ischgl.

Austria is trying to get the Corona crisis under control. The number of people infected with Covid 19 continues to rise. Meanwhile, there is bad suspicion in Ischgl.

  • Austria is trying to curb the spread of corona *.
  • The number of corona cases in the Alpine Republic is growing steadily.
  • The country has identified popular ski resorts as a hotspot for infections .
  • Here you will find the basic facts about the corona virus * and the corona news from Germany *. You can also find current case numbers in Germany as a map. The following recommendations for corona protective measures * are currently available.

Update of March 26, 2020, 11.35 a.m .: The number of infected people in Austria has risen to 6001 people. So far, 42 people have died from the consequences of the coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins University on their side.

Corona in Ischgl: Tourism Association in Distress

Update of March 26, 2020, 10.50 a.m .: The Tyrolean ski resort Ischgl is said to have accelerated the spread of the corona virus. Apparently the tourism association has downplayed the danger for too long. Now even the public prosecutor has intervened. The pressure on the industry is growing. New omissions are made public every day. Now the SMS traffic between a ÖVP politician and the bar operator of a well-known après-ski hut has become known. The news brings the tourism association even more into trouble. The ÖVP member of the National Council, Franz Hörl, fears that in the end one could count as a worldwide laughing stock: "If a camera sees the operation, we are like a Hottentot state ."

Austria: patient lies and infects pulmonary specialist with coronavirus

Update of March 25, 2020, 2 p.m .: In Vienna, a pulmonologist may have been deliberately infected with the coronavirus by a patient, reports The patient had a high fever, cough and shortness of breath. After repeated inquiries, having been tested negative for the corona virus , the pulmonologist told the transmitter. The medical practitioner himself found it strange. And indeed. "He lied to get it," said the pulmonologist and informed the City of Vienna's health department. The doctor has now tested positive for the coronavirus. He announced to pursue the matter legally. The patient faces up to three years in prison.

Corona in Austria: In short - Corona bonus payments should remain tax-free

Update of March 25, 2020, 11:23 am : Many employees work in the supermarkets every day. Cashing, replenishing stocks, organizing, serving at the counter and ensuring hygiene. You are exposed to a high risk of corona infection. Some supermarket chains in Austria want to reward this effort to the limit with bonus payments , reports . Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Wednesday that there should be no taxes on these amounts. Bonus payments from companies that maintain the system should be in the sense of a “15. Monthly salary ”should be made completely tax-free.

In Austria, the number of people demonstrably infected with the coronavirus rose sharply to 5,282 . The health ministry reports that there have been 32 deaths in connection with the lung disease Covid-19 (as of 8:00 a.m.).

Update of March 24, 2020, 11:20 p.m .: Is herd immunity the approach to contain the corona pandemic? A virologist made a clear statement.

Update from March 24, 2020, 8:45 pm: Austria is worried about the corona crisis - and continues to test diligently for the insidious corona virus .

Update #Coronavirus 4,876 confirmed cases of illness in Austria. Current information at

- Ministry of Health (@bmsgpk) March 24, 2020

As of Tuesday afternoon, 3 p.m., 28,391 people were tested for Covid-19 in the Alpine Republic, 4,876 cases were confirmed, according to the Federal Ministry of Health. As a result, 28 people have so far succumbed to the novel lung disease . Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had previously announced that the test capacities would be significantly expanded in order to contain the corona pandemic .

Update from March 24, 2020, 6.45 p.m .: Corona excitement in the well-known party winter sports location Ischgl . The Austrian public prosecutor has launched an investigation.

Accordingly, a case should not have been reported to the authorities - with drastic consequences. As the APA news agency reported on Tuesday, the Innsbruck public prosecutor's office is investigating suspected negligent threats to people from communicable diseases.


Because of Corona: The Paznaun Valley in Tyrol is under quarantine.

© dpa / Jakob Gruber

A restaurant operator is said to have failed to report the infection to the authorities. According to information from the ZDF , a coronavirus infection had already become known in a restaurant in Ischgl at the end of February.

However, the local operator did not report the positive case or its contact persons to the health authorities.

Corona: In short, Austrians are preparing for long hardships

Update from March 24, 2020, 5.45 p.m .: Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) has prepared his compatriots that the measures regarding Corona will continue for a long time.

Thanks to everyone in our republic who work around the clock to get our country through this crisis in the best possible way. Thanks also to you, dear Austrians, for your contribution, so that we can all save lives together & get through this crisis as best we can.

- Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) March 24, 2020

"We will be in a phase after Easter that is more similar to today's than normal," said the 33-year-old at a press conference this Tuesday.

However, the young head of government did not become concrete, for example about when it will go on in schools and universities as well as for the countless closed restaurants and pubs. Ergo: How long the exit restrictions are maintained.


Closed due to Corona: The border between Austria and Germany between Aschau im Chiemgau and the Kufsteinerland in Tyrol.

© dpa / Peter Kneffel

"We are currently experiencing a challenging time," said Kurz, promising to present the first figures on Friday: "Please be patient."

The corona restrictions largely paralyze life in Germany. But how long will the coronavirus measures be maintained?

Corona crisis in Austria: alarming figures from neighboring Switzerland

Update from March 24, 2020, 1:59 pm: So far, Italy and Spain are considered Corona - trouble spots in Europe. However, according to a report by the Swiss newspaper Blick, Switzerland is increasingly developing into another problem child.

According to calculations by the portal, at least 8776 people (as of March 24) are currently infected . 120 people have already died from the corona virus . Switzerland is on par with Germany in terms of deaths , even though the number of residents in Germany is almost ten times as high.

According to the report, however, the numbers could now be much higher, because "the cantonal information policy is like a patchwork". Means: So far, only the individual cantons in Switzerland have apparently only provided information about the Corona cases - the total numbers have been added up. The cantons of Ticino (1164 infected, 48 dead), Vaud (1782 cases, 16 dead) and Geneva (1231 cases, 9 dead) are most affected.

Switzerland has declared an emergency - most of the shops are closed by April 19.

Corona crisis: Austria wants to increase test capacity to 15,000 per day

Update from March 24, 2020, 11:58 a.m .: Austria wants to greatly expand the test capacity in the coronavirus crisis. "It will be possible to expand and carry out the capacities to around 15,000 per day if we receive the necessary resources," said Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) at a press conference at the Chancellery.

According to Chancellor Kurz, " testing, testing, testing" is the most important thing besides restricting social contacts. Friday will show whether the exit restrictions will apply in Austria. So far, according to the Ministry of the Interior, there have been 1,700 complaints against corona sinners.


Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wants to greatly expand the test capacity in the coronavirus crisis.


SPÖ boss Pamela Rendi-Wagner had previously asked coronavirus tests to be carried out in more groups of people. “The tests have to be extended to all contact persons of infected people. Even those who show no symptoms, ”said Rendi-Wagner in the ZIB2 discussion. "You can't put out a fire blindly," said the doctor and former health minister. On Twitter, Rendi-Wagner immediately stands behind Chancellor Kurz.

Chancellor Kurz also dampened hopes of an early improvement in the situation: "After Easter, we will be in a phase that is more similar to today's situation than normal," said Kurz, according to

"Test, test, test" - right decision of the Federal Chancellor. (prw)

- Pamela Rendi-Wagner (@rendiwagner) March 24, 2020

Corona crisis in Austria: setback for infections

Update of March 24, 2020, 11:29 am : The number of corona infected people in Austria has increased again. The Ministry of Health reports 4,486 coronavirus cases and 25 fatalities (as of 8:00 a.m.). In a 24-hour comparison, this means an increase of 24.15 percent:

  • Tyrol - 1,067
  • Upper Austria - 764
  • Lower Austria - 610
  • Vienna - 562
  • Styria - 504
  • Salzburg - 405
  • Vorarlberg - 354
  • Carinthia - 135
  • Burgenland - 85

Tyrol is meanwhile worried about its reputation. According to an economic expert, the discussion and negative headlines of individual ski areas as a "Corona hotspot" could damage Tyrol's image as a tourism country in the long term, reports After the crisis, sustainable tourism should therefore come to the fore - a move away from "Ballermann tourism".

Austria: worse suspicion in Ischgl - was the first corona case covered up?

Update from March 24, 2020, 8.36 a.m .: While on Monday a serious allegation against a company in Ischgl became known that may not have reported the first Corona case to the health department , there is again bad news from Austria: The Covid-19- Crisis causes unemployment to rise across the country.

Since the beginning of the exit restrictions, there have been around 115,600 more registered unemployed than on March 15, Johannes Kopf, director of the Labor Market Services (AMS), told the APA news agency on Monday afternoon, according to There are 41,000 additional unemployed in the catering and accommodation sector, 14,000 in the construction industry and around 11,000 additional unemployed from the area of ​​other economic services, said the AMS boss. Last Wednesday, however, a new Covid 19 short-time working regulation came into force in Austria, which companies can apply to the AMS for.

Update of March 23, 2020, at 5:10 p.m .: Police officers are now increasingly affected by the spread of coronavirus in Austria. Within a few days of the outbreak of the epidemic, 39 executive officers were infected with the new virus and are now out of service, reports the Austrian news portal But Austria's Interior Minister Karl Nehammer has apparently already feared such a development. Days earlier, he issued a vacation ban for all 27,000 police officers in the country. It was also decided to extend the presence service.

Corona virus in Austria: 3000 militiamen to support the country in the corona fight

These two measures should now help to compensate for some of the police's illness-related absences. Likewise, the deployment of 3000 militiamen planned for May. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry has meanwhile confirmed the new numbers. "Where and when the police officers were infected with the virus cannot be determined with 100% certainty," he said according to the report by The fact is, however, that all possible protective measures that allow an effective executive service would be used to ensure the best possible security for the police officers.

Munich police officers also have a difficult time fighting the corona virus. You always have to deal with mob attacks from the Munich population.

Update from March 23, 3:33 p.m .: Due to a coronavirus case in Ischgl , the state of Tyrol has now switched on the public prosecutor . Apparently, the municipality of Ischgl announced that a positive Covid 19 case was already known to have existed in a company there at the end of February . The company, which is not mentioned by name, is said not to have reported the case to the health authority . According to the news agency APA, the German broadcaster ZDF first reported on the development.

Corona in Austria: Covid-19 case in Ischgl may not have been reported to the health authority at the end of February

The employee concerned is said to have been sent home at the end of February, reports the Austrian news portal It was initially unclear whether the case was actually a positive corona case or a suspected case and was also not known to the state of Tyrol. However, it is "such serious allegations that it must be investigated immediately," said a spokesman for the APA. The district administration Landeck had transmitted the information as a description of the facts. However, the Prosecution could not initially confirm receipt of the factual statement to APA. At first, therefore, it remained open whether an investigation had already been initiated .

It was also said, however, that the Landeck district administration was also investigating the epidemic law. There is accusation in the room that a reportable illness or its reasoned suspicion had not been reported to the district administrative authority. The state of Tyrol had been criticized enormously in the past few days with regard to the Ischgl hotspot. Authorities and politicians were accused of reacting too late to the developments and instead paying particular attention to the cable car and tourism industry. The health minister of North Rhine-Westphalia has to face similar accusations. Meanwhile, a hospital in the Heinsberg district of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is particularly badly affected by the coronavirus crisis, is raising the alarm and threatening to close it.

Update of March 23, 11:51 a.m .: In Tirol (676) and Upper Austria (696) there are still the most confirmed corona infections in Austria (3695), can be found on the homepage of the Austrian Ministry of Health. There are 16 deaths related to Covid-19 lung disease. Accordingly, nine people have recovered.


Corona virus in Austria: The police are consistently taking action against violations of the Covid 19 Measures Act.

© dpa / Herbert P. Ocz eret

Corona in Austria - Almost 2900 advertisements against corona sinners

Update of March 23, 10:14 a.m .: Many abide by the quarantine rules in Austria. But occasionally it escalates. There were 2,893 advertisements up to Sunday, reports According to Interior Minister Karl Nehammer, the observation of the police and calls from concerned citizens would keep the balance. The police are consistently taking action against the five percent who have not yet understood. 95 percent would adhere to the rules. Anyone who violates the exit restrictions (effective March 16) risks fines of up to 3600 euros.

The police in Vienna thanked the Viennese with a car parade on Sunday, who are hardly allowed to leave the apartment in times of crisis. "We wanted to thank the population for the cooperation and cohesion in this difficult phase!", The police wrote on Facebook. The clip can also be found on Twitter.

Today we also thanked the population in the north of Vienna for cooperation and cohesion in this difficult phase. #polizeisagtdanke

- POLICE VIENNA (@LPDWien) March 22, 2020

Corona location in Austria - over 3000 positive test results

Update of March 22, 7.30 p.m .: Good news from Austria : The fight against the spread of the new corona virus is beginning to bear fruit. Austria reports a significantly lower increase in new infections on Sunday. The number of confirmed new infections only increased by 15 percent or 430 cases between Saturday and Sunday, as Minister of Health Rudolf Anschober announced.

A total of 3244 infections were counted in Austria. Before the far-reaching exit restrictions began , it had peaked at a 40 percent increase in one day.

Corona virus in Austria: growth is still far too high

“The measures taken are therefore beginning to take effect. However, the development of the number of corona diseases must continue to decline, the increases are still far too high. We have to push the increases by consistently implementing the measures onto the single-digit range of daily increases, ”said Anschober.

He added: “We are on the right track. But I strongly warn that we cannot let up. Everyone has to follow the measures taken with all consequence in order to flatten the curve further. This is the only way we can overcome this crisis together and drastically reduce the growth rates. “The goal is to reach the single-digit range by Easter.

In the meantime, it became known in Germany that Chancellor Angela Merkel was in contact with a coronavirus * and must be quarantined.


Coronavirus in Austria: après-ski in the Zillertal is popular, but now the health authorities are warning (symbol photo).

© dpa / Barbara Gindl

Corona crisis Austria: après-ski guests should get in touch - Tyrol with an extraordinary appeal

Vienna - The number of confirmed corona cases in Austria has grown to over 3,000 (as of March 22, 8 a.m.). Tyrol has 626 cases (as of March 22, 8 a.m.), the most infected in the country so far. 32 positive corona cases are currently known in the Zillertal. The State of Tyrol has therefore launched an urgent call for guests who have been to the Zillertal : People who stayed in bars and après-ski bars in the Zillertal from March 8th to 15th should report. Health authorities have decided to do so after several coronavirus cases that have occurred in connection with catering and accommodation businesses.

In order to track and clarify the infection chains, guests from abroad are also requested to report . In the case of bars and après-ski bars in particular, it is hardly possible to reliably track potential contacts. The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl is already suspected of being responsible for corona infections throughout Europe. Now the Zillertal also appears to be a hotspot for coronavirus infections. A German woman who worked in a bar in the Zillertal was also tested positive for the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus when she returned home.

Corona alarm: Zillertal stay from March 8th to 15th

The State of Tyrol calls all people who were in the Zillertal bars and après-ski bars in the week from March 8th to 15th to pay particular attention to their state of health and to contact the health counseling 1450 if they have symptoms or to contact them to report to your home health authority.

The period was selected, as the state of Tyrol reports, on the basis of the medical assessment of the health authorities, "because it is precisely during this period that infection with the coronavirus cannot be ruled out."

Corona crisis in Austria: Guests in the Zillertal should report

The health authorities have published a list for bars and businesses:

Mayrhofen :

  • "Brück'n Stadl"
  • Scotland Yard Pub
  • Hotel Strass - "Arena Club"
  • Steakhouse Restaurant
  • Cafe / Bar "Happy End"

Gerlos :

  • Après-ski “ski hut”
  • "Seppi's Gerlos"

Zell am Ziller :

  • "Zellerstuben" - "Hili Bar"

Aschau-Kaltenbach :

  • Mountain restaurant "Marendalm"

Hotels and pensions in the Zillertal are also affected: In the municipalities of Mayrhofen and Gerlos, employees from three accommodation establishments were infected with the coronavirus, the State of Tyrol said. Cases have occurred in the Hotel "Mannlicher" (Mayrhofen), in the Hotel "Gaspingerhof" (Gerlos) and in the Pension "Milchbar" (Gerlos). However, these companies would have informed all guests and employees immediately. Further feedback is no longer necessary here.

In addition, the district administration Schwaz has set up its own hotline, which is available to anyone who has any questions or who is also unsure. The hotline can be reached at +43 (0) 5242 69 31 58 80.

#Coronavirus: people who are from 8.-15. March in bars and # AprèsSki bars in #Zillertal #inTirol are called upon to pay special attention to their state of health and to contact 1450 if they have symptoms. # COVID19 #Tirol #Mayrhofen #Gerlos

- State of Tyrol (@unserlandtirol) March 21, 2020

Corona cases in Austria - penalty for non-reporting

The health authorities point out that in the case of coronavirus infections, there is a legal obligation to report, even for owners of guest and pub businesses. If a notifiable illness is not reported, an announcement according to the Epidemic Act and in this context can result in a fine of up to 2,810 euros or in the event of irrecoverable imprisonment of up to six weeks, the health authorities warn.

* is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.


The corona crisis affects the whole world. Germany is one of the most affected countries. However, the situation in eastern Germany is not as bad as in the west. Angela Merkel quarantines herself. The Chancellor had contact with a doctor who had tested positive.

List of rubric lists: © dpa / Rolf Vennenbernd

Source: merkur

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