In the last 24 hours, almost 3,300 new infections with the corona virus were reported in Austria. Most of the reports were in Vienna with almost 800.
The corona numbers are still high, especially in eastern Austria. Vienna reported 797 new corona cases on Wednesday, Lower Austria 683 new cases. In Upper Austria, 526 new infections were counted and in the small Burgenland the number even rose to 167. In the last 24 hours, 30 deaths were also reported.
Corona numbers in the federal states
- Burgenland: 167
- Carinthia: 148
- Lower Austria: 683
- Oberösterreich: 526
- Salzburg: 284
- Steiermark: 394
- Tirol: 262
- Vorarlberg: 28
- Wien: 797
In the federal capital, eight intensive care patients have been added since Tuesday. As a result, 176 people with Covid 19 in Vienna already need intensive medical care, more than ever since the pandemic began more than a year ago. In Lower Austria, six more patients had to be admitted to intensive care units since Tuesday, a total of 91 infected people are cared for there. The previous high was reached on November 25 at 115.
More people with corona in the hospital
The total number of people in hospitals has also increased further. On Wednesday there were 2,086 people in hospitals across Austria, 37 more than on Tuesday. Within a week there were 235 more infected people, which means an increase of 13 percent. In the intensive care beds, 47 seriously ill people were added in the past seven days, a week ago exactly 400 Covid 19 sufferers had received intensive care.
The seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants rose to 247.7 across Austria on Tuesday (Tuesday: 247.1). Within the past week, 22,045 new infections were recorded. On average, 3,149 people were infected with SARS-CoV-2 every day in the past week. On Wednesday, 33,521 people across Austria were confirmed active cases – 602 more than on Tuesday. In the past week, 710 more active cases were added every day.
30 new deaths
Another 30 fatalities have been recorded since Tuesday. So far 9,151 people have died throughout Austria as a result of a coronavirus infection. 195 deaths were recorded in the past week. Per 100,000 inhabitants, 102.8 people have died of or with Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
Exactly one year ago – Austria was in the first, at the time actually hard lockdown – 875 new infections were reported. The entire country had 50 coronavirus deaths by that time. The number of confirmed active cases was 4,876 in very few tests at the time. Exactly 166 SARS-CoV-2 infected people were in hospitals. On March 24, 2020, 17 of them required intensive care.
Again high test numbers in Austria
High test numbers were reported again on Wednesday. A total of 300,842 PCR and rapid antigen tests were registered in the past 24 hours. Of these, 61,750 were meaningful PCR tests, the positive rate was 5.3 percent. On average, 53,884 reliable PCR smears were examined every day in the past week, 5.8 percent of which were positive.
More than a million people in Austria have been vaccinated at least once. The 1,013,332 people thus correspond to 11.4 percent of the total population. From Monday to Tuesday, 30,017 vaccinations were added. So far, 341,362 people have been fully immunized, which is 3.8 percent. The partially vaccinated and already confirmed infected make up 17.2 percent of the population. According to experts, the number of unreported cases of immunized is likely to be significantly higher.
Doctors want vaccinations
On Wednesday, the Medical Association (ÖAK) again emphasized the willingness of resident doctors to have vaccinations. This would increase day by day. This means that there are thousands of ordinations across Austria that can vaccinate large parts of the population at top speed – as soon as they finally get the necessary vaccine, said Edgar Wutscher, chairman of the Federal General Medicine Section (BSAM) of the ÖAK. “A major part of the available vaccines must end up in the private sector,” said Wutscher, calling for a quota system.