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Corona in Austria: Briefly announced mask measure like in Bavaria - is the FFP2 price hammer coming now?

2021-01-17T21:49:44.579Z

Like many other countries, Austria is in lockdown. New measures are being prescribed, but the focus is already on the time afterwards.



Like many other countries, Austria is in lockdown.

New measures are being prescribed, but the focus is already on the time afterwards.

  • The government in

    Austria

    is currently expecting another

    wave of corona

    *

    infections.

    The highly contagious mutations from Great Britain and South Africa are of particular concern

    (update from January 16, 7:13 p.m.)

    .

  • At the

    crisis summit

    , new

    lockdown

    *

    tightenings are

    announced - in the Alpine republic there will also be an FFP2 mask requirement in future

    (update from January 17, 12:45 p.m.)

    .

  • At the same time, plans are

    being pushed

    for an early

    easing

    .

  • This

    news ticker

    is updated regularly.

Update from January 17, 5:16 p.m.:

As in Bavaria,

wearing an FFP2 mask

will soon be mandatory in Austrian public transport.

This also applies to retail in the Alpine country.

Oe24.at

now

claims

to have learned from government

circles

that Austria

is tinkering

with a

price hammer

.

Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (see below) had already announced

FFP2 masks at “cost price”

.

Now it has apparently leaked how high it will be.

An

FFP2 mask in the supermarket

currently costs

around three euros.

The Austrian federal government wants to reduce this to

one euro

.

Low-income people should

receive

the

masks for free

.

The Ministry of Health is currently clarifying how these distributions should take place, it says.

Corona in Austria: Kurz announces new lockdown measures - and at the same time plans for easing

Update from January 17th, 12.45 p.m.:

As expected, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced the

extension of the lockdown

.

The new measures apply

for two weeks from January 25th

.

The minimum distance has been increased to two meters, and

FFP2 masks are

mandatory

in supermarkets, petrol station shops and public transport

.

Unlike in Germany, the latter would be offered at “cost price”, which, according to Health Minister Rudolf Anschober, is “really low”.

The plan provides for

easing from February 8th

-

assuming

a correspondingly positive

development in the number of infections

.

Then

retail, body-related services and museums should

open under strict conditions,

this does not apply

to

gastronomy and tourism

- here it should be determined in mid-February whether openings will be possible in March.

In the

schools

should at least to the imminent Break

Distance Learning

paramount be, after the self-tests are pending a week here.

Corona in Austria: Mega lockdown is looming - more distance and FFP2 mask obligation?

Update from January 17th, 8.55 a.m.:

Like Germany, Austria is heading for its so-called

mega-lockdown

.

The

Krone

newspaper explains what this means

: Just like Markus Söder, the

FFP2 mask should

become compulsory facial clothing, the appeal to

home office activities

will be tightened, schools should not reopen until February 8,

hotels will

have to also

remain closed

during the

semester break between January 30th and February 21st

, the same applies to

cable cars

in winter sports areas.

From February 8, retail, body-friendly services and museums are to reopen under tightened conditions, the minimum distance of one meter - affectionately known in Austria as the baby elephant - grow to two meters.

Meanwhile, the

Krone

sees

in the

FFP mask,

given a unit price of four euros,

"a logistical and for many Austrians financially challenging tightening"

.

Oswald Wagner, Vice Rector of the MediUni Vienna, argues in the newspaper that the special mouth and nose cover should be

made available at

cost price

.

It is said that these are out of stock in many places, and that seniors are still waiting for the free masks promised before Christmas.

Regarding the

home office

, no obligation is announced.

However, there is room

for decreeing entry bans for offices

and for

defining exceptions

only for

key

workers.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is

already facing headwinds due to the impending measures.

“I am expecting a

date for the first steps in opening,

” demands Chamber of Commerce boss Harald Mahrer and speculates: “It won't be March.” The head of the trade union federation, Wolfgang Katzian, is also critical: “At some point I’m slowly getting on top of it Hammer.

Because some do it like when

home office means a 'hammock'

.

They have to hack, have to keep working, work for the company.

If you think you can do

childcare, home schooling, home cooking on the side

, they live on the moon, away from reality. "

Update from January 16, 8:04 p.m.:

The government around Chancellor

Sebastian Kurz will officially announce

its decision regarding the

lockdown in Austria

only on Sunday morning.

But already on Saturday evening it leaked into the Austrian media that there will probably be an

extension

.

The alpine country could remain shut down for

another

two to three weeks

after January 25th (end of the previous lockdown), various state media report unanimously.

Shops, hotels and inns must remain closed.

Even the

schools will

not be able to open initially - contrary to what was hoped for.

As in

Bavaria

, an

FFP2 mask could

become

mandatory

in supermarkets, post offices and public transport

, as

reported by

the

courier

,

for example

.

Corona in Austria: In Vienna, every 5th new infection could soon be due to the British mutation

Update from January 16, 7:13 p.m.:

While the government in Vienna is discussing an

extension of the lockdown

, the local health authorities are reporting a worrying number.

Because they assume that the proportion of

corona infections

with the highly contagious British mutation will

skyrocket

, as

reported by

oe24.at.

The first results of a study by the Medical University of Vienna show that around

17 percent of

all cases in the capital can be traced back to the mutation.

In

83 positive PCR tests

from Vienna,

the British mutation was detected

in

14 samples

.

If these data are also extrapolated,

every fifth case

in Vienna

could soon

be

due to the mutation.

Corona in Austria: Thousands of demonstrators cavort in Vienna without distance or mask

Update from January 16, 5:26 p.m.:

As already announced,

thousands of people met for Corona demonstrations

in the capital

Vienna

on Saturday.

You want to protest against the anti-corona measures.

It was assumed in advance of up to 20,000 demonstrators, in fact there were around

10,000 people

, as reported by the public broadcaster

ORF

.

An APA cameraman reported that

hooligans had also molested media representatives

, the

ORF

continued.

Counter-demonstrators are also on the streets in Vienna.

A group of such activists is said to have tried to block the train of anti-corona demonstrators.

The

police

had to keep the two groups apart.

Meanwhile, discussions on extending the lockdown are still ongoing.

+

In Vienna, thousands of people protest close together and without masks.

© Georg Hochmuth / APA / dpa

Corona in Austria: Hard lockdwon will probably be extended

Update from January 16, 3:15 p.m.:

In order

to advertise

compliance with the

distance

rules

during the

corona pandemic

, there is a charming measure of length in Austria: the

baby elephant

.

Because the length of an elephant's shoot should be exactly

one meter

, i.e. the previous Austrian recommendation for a

minimum distance

.

But the signs in Vienna are currently pointing to

lockdown extension

.

At the crisis summit in Vienna, the government is advising on tightening the

corona

measures and this also has consequences for the little four-legged friend.

The

baby elephant

is expected to become a slightly more mature

elephant

- the distance should be extended to two meters.

According to

information from the

oe24

, an

FFP2

mask requirement

should also be

mandatory

in retail - including in

supermarkets, banks, post offices

and

pharmacies.

+

In the fight against the corona virus, Austria is currently keeping a baby elephant at a distance.

© imago images / photosteinmaurer.com

Further

tightening is also

being discussed.

On Saturday morning, Med University expert Oswald Wagner even spoke out in favor of a

home office obligation

.

Most of the debate, however, is still about

schools and trade.

 "At the moment it doesn't look like the government will open anything here on January 25th," says the Austrian federal states.

According to the current status, an

extension of the lockdown

is expected

, probably by two to three weeks.

Corona in Austria: will an even harder lockdown follow?

Up to 20,000 citizens expected at the demo on Saturday

Update from January 16, 11:59 a.m

.: While the Chancellery is

negotiating the

tightening of lockdowns

and the future of

schools, retail, gastronomy

and

culture

, the streets of Vienna will be tight.

Numerous

demonstrations

have been registered for Saturday in the Austrian capital.

At

2 p.m.

, up to

20,000 participants are

expected

for the “Corona and economic destruction” demo

.

A counter-demonstration has also been registered.

It runs under the title “No stage for conspiracy ideologues”.

There are also numerous smaller side

demonstrations

, such as the “For a Free Austria” demo, an art rally in connection with the Corona measures and a bicycle demo.

Some demonstrations indicated multiple starting points.

The

Vienna police

issued a precautionary

ban

on the provisional

parliament building

and are preparing for five rallies according to their own statements.

#News about the #assemblies: The displayed star marches were canceled by the organizers today & the meeting notices withdrawn.

Thus, five rallies, including a counter rally, are expected to take place today with reference to the corona measures

- POLICE VIENNA (@LPDWien) January 16, 2021

Corona in Austria: Concern about coronavirus mutation - crisis summit to tighten lockdowns

First report from January 16:

Vienna - You just don't want to come to an agreement in neighboring Austria.

Actually, a

relaxation

and thus an

opening of the business

here is imminent.

But especially the

virus mutation B 1.1.7.

ensures worried faces in Vienna.

With the increased risk of infection with this form of the

coronavirus

,

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

and

Minister of Health

Rudolf Anschober

fear

a new, drastic wave of infections.

The number of infections is currently falling slightly.

state

Burgenland

Carinthia

Lower Austria

Upper Austria

Salzburg

Styria

Tyrol

Vienna

Voralberg

7 day incidence

106.6

189

134.4

132.2

256.8

129.4

108.6

122.4

106.5

Deaths

193

581

1.005

1,367

385

1,486

516

1,284

236

1,533 new infections

were reported

across

Austria

on Saturday

.

Source: Austria.

Ministry of Health


Corona: Crisis summit to extend the lockdown: Austria is haggling over openings

In order to

strive for

tightening

instead of

easing

the

coronavirus

*

measures

, a crisis summit is to find new solutions.

But the negotiations are dragging on.

Further negotiations and

consultations are

scheduled for

the entire

Saturday

.

While

Kurz

and Anschober are

arguing

for a further closure,

according to the

oe24

, the

federal

states are

particularly fighting to

open shops and schools

.

According to oe24

from government

circles, the

summit should aim at

a “carrot-and-stick package” and thus a compromise.

The

carrot

is expected to

go

to

trade and schools

.

According to the forecasts, they could

slowly start up operations again

from

January 25th

.

For schools this would mean working

shifts

.

Students would take

turns

going to school

only

part of the week

.

The shops also sense relief: "When the schools open, the trade will probably also open in a reduced form," a negotiating insider told the Austrian news portal.

There is talk of an

FFP2 mask requirement in all shops

, comparable to that in

Bavaria

.

Corona in Austria: will culture, gastronomy and hotels be closed until Easter?

The whip, on the other hand, will likely go to

culture, gastronomy and hotels

.

A

closure until Easter is being

discussed here.

However, nothing has been decided yet.

On Sunday,

Sebastian Kurz

wants to

consult with the President of the Chamber of Commerce Harald Mahrer and the President of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) Wolfgang Katzian in the Chancellery.

The haggling over the

corona lockdown

in

Austria

will drag on until Sunday.

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Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network

Source: merkur

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