The last National Council meeting of 2020 will take place on Friday. The corona crisis is a key issue.
The corona pandemic is central to the last session of the National Council 2020 on Friday. The parliamentarians agree to the sending of free high-quality FFP2 protective masks to senior citizens. At events, in hospitals, old people’s homes, museums, restaurants and hotels, the possibility is created to prescribe the registration of visitors in order to ensure contact tracking.
Pregnant women are released from duty from the 14th week of pregnancy
Pregnant women in jobs with physical contact are taken off duty from the 14th week of pregnancy with full pay. In the case of income-related child benefit, it is possible to use 2019 earnings as a basis, if this is more favorable for parents. The procurement of inexpensive laptops and tablets for schoolchildren is also being initiated. The mode for the new upper level will be changed again before regular operation.
The agenda also includes an amendment to the anti-doping law, a limited increase for special pensions and the confirmation of the new chairman of the Federal Army Commission.
Anschober apologized for illness
Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) was excused on Friday by National Council President Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP) in the plenum at the beginning of the meeting because of illness. Its ministry said that Anschober had a gastrointestinal infection. The last time he tested negative for the corona virus was on Tuesday. Anschober is represented in the plenary session on health and social matters by Justice Minister Alma Zadic (Greens).
Anchober tested negative for Corona twice
Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) was tested twice for the corona virus on Friday. Both an antigen and a PCR test were negative, his office told the APA.