Status: 02/09/2021 5:10 p.m.
In the fight against the South African virus variant, Austria is tightening the measures for almost all of Tyrol: From Friday, adults are only allowed to leave with a negative test – otherwise they face a fine of up to 1450 euros.
In the fight against the spread of the virus mutation, which was first discovered in South Africa, people are temporarily only allowed to leave the Austrian state of Tyrol with a negative corona test. The measure will apply from Friday for ten days, said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
East Tyrol is an exception, and the regulation does not apply to children either. The test result must not be older than 48 hours. “That will have a massive effect,” said Kurz. The federal government and the state had jointly agreed on the measure.
The outbreak of the South African variant in Tyrol is currently the largest known such case in the EU, Kurz continued. If such a mutation spreads quickly and strongly, it would again cost many human lives. “And the road to normalcy will be delayed again for months.”
The stronger, the faster, the more determined you react here, the better,” said Kurz.
The virus variant B.1.351 circulating in South Africa was discovered at the end of last year and is now also found in many other countries. Like the variant of the virus discovered in Great Britain, it is considered to be particularly contagious. According to the Vienna Ministry of Health in Tyrol, the mutation has so far been detected in around 300 cases.
The number of active cases is 129. So far, the country has assumed lower numbers.
The obligation to test when leaving the state will now be closely monitored, announced Interior Minister Karl Nehammer. This applies to federal and state highways, airports and railways. “Not adhering to the mandatory test also means that you have to reckon with consequences,” said the minister.
The re was a fine of up to 1450 euros.
Trial of strength between federal and state
The federal state fought vehemently against extra treatment in Austria. An alliance of politics and business had spoken out against additional steps.
On Monday, the government in Vienna issued a travel warning for the state popular with Germans. However, this is only an appeal. The travel warning is a “belch from Vienna”, commented the ÖVP state board member Franz Hörl on ORF. Travel recommendations from other countries are much more important. “
The Germans and the Dutch are much more important to us,” said Hörl.
Concern in Bavaria
At the beginning of the week, after a six-week lockdown, all shops and hairdressers, schools and museums in Austria were reopened. The number of new infections every day was recently around 1200 with around nine million inhabitants.
The seven-day incidence in Austria is currently 104.
The previous measures were followed with concern in Germany and especially in neighboring Bavaria. Bavaria’s Health Minister Klaus Holetschek announced on Monday that border closings could not be ruled out as a last resort. Travelers at the crossings between Austria and Germany are currently being strictly screened.
Austria: Entry and exit from Tyrol only with a negative test
Andrea Beer, ARD Vienna, 9.2.2021, 6:37 p.m.