Higher case numbers only possible with more vaccinations
Nowotny can imagine that Austria can “afford” higher numbers of infections under one circumstance. If the age group over 65 is vaccinated, says the virologist, daily new infections of over 3,000 would be “no problem”. Because the vaccinated population in the high-risk group would not burden the health system as much.
However, until enough vaccine is available in Austria to vaccinate the group from 65 years of age, one has to “muddle through”.
Revive the corona traffic light?
Another suggestion from the virologist would be to breathe life back into the corona traffic light. Because as you can currently see, some districts are more affected than others. The city of Rust in Burgenland, for example, has not had a single new infection in the past seven days, but lives under almost the same restrictions as the rest of Austria.