As of December 17, 2020
Correction to OTS_20201217_OTS0088
Vienna (OTS / RK) – CORRECTION NOTE
In APA0088 of December 17, 2020, the fifth paragraph must read: Yesterday 11,032 corona tests were carried out in Vienna, which makes a total of 963,065 tests.
The Vienna State Medical Directorate and the City of Vienna’s medical crisis team provide regular information on the current number of cases and other key figures on the Covid 19 virus.
As of Thursday, December 17, 2020, 68,092 positive tests have been confirmed in Vienna since the beginning of the pandemic.
The number of virus-related deaths is 909. The new deaths include nine men aged 51, 71, 79, 80, 84, 88, 91 and 96 years old twice, and six women aged at 67, 68, 69, 76, 87 and 88 years.
61,085 people have recovered.
Yesterday 11,032 corona tests were carried out in Vienna, which makes a total of 963,065 tests.
The health hotline 1450 has taken 2,793 calls. The service number of the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) on 0800 555 621 provides information for the population.
Vienna’s presentation of deaths is now synchronized with AGES data
So far, different values have been circulating in parallel for Covid 19 deaths. Depending on who collected them (Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Health or AGES), these differed significantly from each other and from the information provided by the federal states.
According to the definition of the World Health Organization (WHO), all those cases are to be counted as Covid deaths that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 within four weeks before the time of death, even if a Covid-19 disease was not the cause of the death is. In the past, this has repeatedly led to late reports when the deaths did not relate to active Covid cases. In these cases, a previous positive test for SARS-CoV-2 was often only found after the time of death. This meant that the entire time series had to be adjusted retrospectively after each new late registration.
In addition, the cases were sometimes assigned differently by the federal states and the AGES, either according to the respective jurisdiction according to the place of death or according to the place of residence. In addition, there were delays caused by reporting lines, late registrations and different assignments to the calendar days.
That is why the medical crisis team of the City of Vienna decided to only present those Covid deaths in external communication that are communicated by AGES in order to rule out unnecessary confusion and inconsistencies due to late reporting for the further course of the pandemic. As of December 16, 2020, Vienna had exactly 909 deaths according to AGES data. Calculated for every 100,000 inhabitants, Vienna has 47.4 Covid deaths, which is the second lowest value of all federal states and is also well below the Austrian average (53.7).
Information and answers to frequently asked questions about the corona virus can also be found on the homepage of the City of Vienna at http://www.wien.gv.at/coronavirus. (End) red
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