The Austrian state of Tyrol has officially been declared a mutation area, but the new virus variants by no means only circulate there.
All developments on the corona situation in Austria in the news ticker.
After weeks of lockdown *, the last time it was relaxed in Austria.
The numbers are relatively stable, but virus mutations * are still a concern.
The variants no longer occur most frequently in Tyrol.
This news ticker is continuously updated.
Vienna - Austria recently eased again.
After the Alpine republic was in lockdown for six weeks, public life is currently picking up speed again.
Contact restrictions have been reduced, retail outlets and museums are reopened, and face-to-face classes are taking place in schools.
Corona in Austria: Lockdown over - but the concern remains
When you see pictures of downtown Vienna, you would think that the pandemic * is over.
The famous Mariahilfer Straße is more busy than it has been for a long time.
Apparently, people long to return to everyday life.
The question remains, however, of how long the newfound easing will last.
Because the politics of Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz * are faced with a difficult consideration: Which easing are justifiable due to the current situation?
In this context, the ÖVP politician likes to act according to the credo “as much freedom as possible, as many restrictions as necessary.” Therefore, hotels and restaurants are currently still closed.
Because Austria has by no means defeated the pandemic - which is due in particular to the newly emerged virus mutations.
After the Austria-wide 3rd hard lockdown, which lasted around 6 weeks, shopping centers, hairdressers and shops are allowed to reopen under strict guidelines.
The Viennese shopping streets were well attended.
© Georges Schneider / imago-images
Corona in Austria: Tyrol declared a "virus variant area"
In Tyrol, the British virus variant B.1.1.7 * in particular seems to be spreading rapidly.
The German Robert Koch Institute therefore classified the state as a "new virus variant area - area with a particularly high risk of infection due to the widespread occurrence of certain SARS-CoV-2 virus variants".
Due to concerns about spreading into neighboring Bavaria, border controls are currently being carried out again when entering Germany.
In Austria's third largest state there are currently 343 confirmed mutation cases (as of February 17)
Corona in Austria: More mutation cases in Vienna than in Tyrol
The problem is that the mutation cases are currently no longer limited to Tyrol.
Such cases are now known in all federal states, most often in absolute numbers not in Tyrol, but in Vienna, where 471 cases were confirmed by Tuesday.
The capital is not designated as a virus variant area.
Nationwide, the mutation cases are now said to have risen into the four-digit range, reported the Austrian news agency APA, citing the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (Ages) on Tuesday.
Accordingly, there are 1375 confirmed mutation cases.
1096 cases were infections with the British variant B.1.1.7, the South African mutant B.1.351 had been detected 279 times.
Corona in Austria: "We will not be able to prevent variants from circulating in Eastern Austria as well"
The virologist Christoph Steininger from the Medical University of Vienna feared over
another Ausbreien of mutations. "We will not be able to prevent variants are also circulating in eastern Austria" The key was that one time gains, so that one more people with vaccination.
Until then, the number of mutation cases in Austria will probably skyrocket even further.
According to the latest information from the Ages **, 3993 test results from suspected mutations are still pending, most of them in Lower Austria (1237).
In Tyrol, on the other hand, you only wait for three test results.
(as) * Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network
** The data of the ages are continuously updated. You can find them on the homepage under the menu item Sars-Cov-2 variants in Austria. You can also get the current infection numbers for Austria via the Ages dashboard.
** The data of the ages are continuously updated.
You can find them on the homepage under the menu item Sars-Cov-2 variants in Austria.
You can also get the current infection numbers for Austria via the Ages dashboard.