The federal capital wants to be the first region in Austria to be orange instead of red on the corona traffic light. How Vienna can succeed.
For weeks, specifically since November 5, 2020, the Corona traffic light has been showing red for all of Austria. This means: On the one hand, the 7-day incidence, i.e. the number of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants, is much too high, on the other hand, both the spread risk (the risk to public health from the spread of COVID-19) and the systemic risk are increased (the risk of overloading the health care system with COVID-19 patients) is rated as very high.
Vienna now has the ambition to be the first region in Austria to have at least an orange classification. This still means a high cumulative 7-day incidence relative to the population size and a low proportion of cases with a clear source, but at least no more uncontrolled outbreaks in corona clusters. According to insiders, the city government is expecting “the best chances” of being upgraded to orange again, they say “Today”. To this end, it is built on broad testing of the population.
“We ask all Viennese to make use of these free test dates before they go back to work on Monday”
The plan: the more tests are carried out, the more the virus can be brought under control. And in fact, the federal capital is registering a huge rush for the free corona tests. On December 23 and 24 alone, 30,824 Viennese underwent a rapid antigen test at the Austria Center (drive-in and walk-in) or on the test street at the Ernst Happel Stadium. Up to and including January 7, 2021, 105,590 Viennese have already booked an appointment.
In order to keep the number of tests high, the city recommends that all citizens get tested – regardless of whether they have been away or at home over the holidays. For example, from December 25th until next Sunday, 38,403 test dates are still free and can be booked at any time. “We ask all Viennese to make use of these free test dates before they go back to work on Monday,” said the City of Vienna. All information about the Vienna test offers is available at a glance at coronavirus.wien.gv.at.