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Due to Corona, Austria is still in lockdown until December 6th. There is a glimmer of hope, but now the alarm bells are ringing in the Alpine republic. All developments in the news ticker.

Due to Corona, Austria is still in lockdown until December 6th.

There is a glimmer of hope, but now the alarm bells are ringing in the Alpine republic.

All developments in the news ticker.

  • Coronavirus pandemic

    * in Austria

    : The 

    second corona wave


     hits the Alpine republic with full force and ensures high

    numbers of Covid-19 cases


  • The government of

    Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP)

    decided on a


    until December 6th.

  • This

    news ticker

    is constantly updated.

Update November 24, 15:52


Skiverbot at Christmas


Austria is sensitive to the proposals.

Austria's Finance Minister Gernot Blümel demands money from Brussels immediately if ski resorts are not allowed to open until after the Christmas holidays.

"If the EU really wants that, it has to pay for it," said Blümel on Tuesday.

For Austria, a ski ban at Christmas means sales losses of 2.4 billion euros.

The EU would then have to pay compensation of 2 billion euros, said Gernot.  

Austria: Corona vaccinations start in January

Update from November 24th, 11:23 am

: Austria wants to


corona vaccinations

in "January"


The Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) announced this on Tuesday, reports the



Vaccinations should begin in old people's and nursing homes for people over 65 and for staff.

High-risk groups with defined pre-existing conditions have the highest priority.

The general population will then be vaccinated from the second quarter of 2021.

Safety is the top priority and not the time factor.

Which vaccine would be used first depends on availability, reports


According to the Minister of Health,

4,377 new infections have been

recorded in

the past 24 hours


Compared to last Tuesday, this number would be significantly lower.

100 people died in connection with Sars-CoV-2.

In Austria, the pressure on clinics is growing.

Of the 116,966 active corona cases in Austria, 3,775 have to be treated in hospital, according to the AGES dashboard.

683 Covid-19 patients are in the intensive care unit.

Corona in Austria: Alternative quarters should now relieve clinics

According to


“alternative quarters” are being created

in Upper Austria

to relieve the hospitals.

Patients can continue to receive in-patient care there if they no longer need acute treatment.

142 beds are to be available at three locations at the beginning of December.

It is expected that these "alternative quarters" will be used for at least four months.

"The situation is still serious," warned Governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) on


, regarding the utilization of intensive care beds.

The intensive care beds in Upper Austria are currently 88 percent full, according to AGES.

Corona in Austria: Third wave should be prevented - winter tourism threatens complete knockout

Update from November 23, 4:30 p.m.:


benefits from ski tourism like hardly any other country.

And so an entire

tourism industry is


as it continues after the second

corona lockdown

on December 6th.

Specifically: Can the

ski areas

reopen over the winter months or do they stay closed?

As reported by the Roman daily

La Repubblica

, the Italian government wants to negotiate with neighboring Alpine countries to


ban skiing holidays over




is said to prevent


third Covid 19 wave


Well-known ski areas such as

St. Anton am Arlberg

are currently still optimistic on social media that things could start again soon - with winter tourism in



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Corona pandemic in Austria: "The number of new infections is still dramatically high"

Update from November 23, 12.15 p.m .:

“The number of new infections is still dramatically high.” With this pathetic sentence,


Minister of Health

Rudolf “Rudi” Anschober (The Greens)



corona situation

in a press conference on Monday morning.

685 people in the Alpine republic are currently being

cared for


intensive care units

because of


, the head of department continued.

The number of intensively medically treated patients has been hovering around this value for days at just under 700.

Most recently, doctors in

Austria had

repeatedly warned that capacities would reach their limits.

For example, in the federal capital Vienna (almost 1.9 million inhabitants) only two

intensive care beds

were available in the meantime



Health Minister Austria: Rudolf "Rudi" Anschober.

© Helmut Fohringer / dpa

Update from November 23, 10:30 a.m.:

The number of

new coronavirus infections








to the Ministry of Health

, there were

3145 newly registered corona cases

within 24 hours

as of Monday morning


Austria also


71 new deaths

related to the insidious lung disease.

Coronavirus pandemic in Austria: Corona outbreak at the police station in Linz

First report from November 23rd:

Munich / Linz -

In the

Corona pandemic





the great admonisher and enforcer of the


* restrictions

- whether in





But what if the officials themselves

(cannot) adhere

to the



At the beginning of the

coronavirus crisis

, this was often a point of criticism via social media, for example when citizens


about full



Corona pandemic in Austria: 45 police officers infected with the corona virus in a precinct

Now there is a

corona outbreak on a police station in Austria!

To be more precise, in


in Upper



As the authorities

confirmed to

the news portal

, 45 officers from the police control center for emergency calls tested positive for the

SARS-CoV-2 pathogen


The tests were ordered after the virus was detected in a police officer.

According to the

Kronen Zeitung newspaper

, the department has a total of 85 civil servants - which means that more than half were infected.

Striking: According to the report, the emergency call center is currently located in a different area because the control center is being rebuilt.

Coronavirus pandemic in Austria: Police apparently did not comply with Covid-19 distance rules

And: in the alternative precinct, the rooms are too small, which is why the police officers sit together in groups of several employees in narrow offices.

Doesn't sound like an exemplary implementation of the AHA rules.

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Source: merkur

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