The numbers of SARS-CoV-2 patients in hospitals declined at a high level. On Friday there were fewer than 50,000 confirmed active cases for the first time in a month.
New infections by federal state:
- Burgenland: 123
- Carinthia: 316
- Lower Austria: 635
- Oberösterreich: 746
- Salzburg: 324
- Steiermark: 630
- Tirol: 300
- Vorarlberg: 127
- Wien: 614
Active cases below 50,000
The last time this number was on November 4, at 46,834, was below the 50,000 mark. On Friday there were now 49,819 confirmed active cases across Austria. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) gave the target value for new infections for the next 14 days to a reduction to almost a quarter. “We must drastically reduce the number of new infections every day in the direction of 1,000 cases in the next two weeks,” he said in a broadcast.
Decline in new infections in homes
According to the Ministry of Health, the number of new infections in old people’s and nursing homes is beginning to decline slightly for the first time – the number of tests in the homes was over 15,000 in the past 24 hours. The exact number of new infections in the homes was not mentioned in the broadcast.
Decrease in hospital patients
For the first time in exactly three weeks, fewer than 4,000 people had to be treated in hospital for a coronavirus infection. On November 13th there were 3,922 hospitalized, on Friday the Interior and Health Ministry reported 3,980 sick people in hospitals. Compared to Thursday, this means a decrease of 102 patients. There were 642 sick people in the intensive care units; on Thursday there were 668.
Intensive care units: Anschober speaks of overload
“However, the situation in the intensive care units is still marked by severe overload. We have to achieve the goal of reducing the number of Covid patients in the intensive care units towards 200 by Christmas. Only then can the overload be reduced so much that sufficient resources can be created to catch up on the operations that have now been postponed, “emphasized Anschober. Because from January, an additional burden of ten to 15 percent on the intensive care units is expected due to the flu wave.
Once again, the number of reported deaths was dramatically high at well over 100. Most people died in Styria (23), Upper Austria (22) and Carinthia (21). On average, around 109 fatalities were reported across Austria over the past week. In the past seven days, 765 deaths were added. The majority of those infected – almost 70 percent – have died since the beginning of November. More than 2,500 deaths have been reported since then.
Measures: Delay of one week for hospital patients
The analysis of today’s numbers shows that it takes at least a week for the number of admissions in the normal wards to begin to decrease after the new infections, stated Anschober. Again with a delay of at least one week, the number of seriously ill Covid patients in intensive care units falls and next with a further delay, the number of deaths.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 297,245 people in Austria have tested positive for the coronavirus. 243,775 people are considered to have recovered, in the past 24 hours there were 5,648 newly recovered – significantly more than new infections.
The seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in Austria was below 300 on Friday for the first time since October 30th. It was 294.9 – two days before the start of the lockdown light. At the beginning of the month it was still over 500 in Austria.
Coronavirus: 28.674 Tests in 24 Stunden
28,674 tests were added in the past 24 hours. With 3,815 positive results, the positive rate is 13.9 percent. An average of 26,925 tests were registered daily in the past week, the average at the beginning of the month was already more than 30,000.
Most new infections in Upper Austria
Most of the new infections were reported from Upper Austria on Friday (746), 635 were in Lower Austria, 630 in Styria and 614 in Vienna. In Salzburg there were 324 new cases, in Carinthia 316 and in Tyrol 300. Vorarlberg reported 127 new infections and Burgenland 123.