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Vienna – The Federal Government will decide on Monday on how to proceed in the Corona crisis. In view of the sometimes dramatic situation in the intensive care units, major easing was not to be expected. According to information from the APA, the eagerly awaited summit then brought hardly any tangible results. There should be openings where the situation in the intensive care units is stable and even that not before Easter. In addition, not only the incidence, but also the vaccination rate and the situation in the hospitals should be taken into account in the future.
This means that for the time being there are neither openings nor the tightening that is sometimes vehemently demanded by experts, despite the sharp increase in the number of infections and an increasingly critical situation in hospitals in the east of the country. Because of the situation here, there is to be a summit with the Ministry of Health. More emphasis should be placed on self-tests, which can also be carried out in the test lanes, i.e. virtually monitored.
Experts propose new measures
The first to have their say on Monday, as usual, were the experts who, in view of the high number of cases and the increasingly critical situation in the intensive care units in the eastern region, refused to relax. According to reports, they advocated a basic obligation of FFP2 masks indoors, a further test offensive and a home office obligation for the eastern region, where this can be implemented.
These suggestions were evidently supported by all experts, others only by individual experts. This includes distance learning after the Easter break. No consistent line was found, especially with regard to a possible closure of the trade. Relaxation could only be considered if the incidence is less than 200 / 100,000 people. Except in Vorarlberg, this value is only achieved in the south, i.e. in Carinthia and Styria, and that too only barely.
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Proponents and skeptics of gastro-opening
According to information from the negotiation, the governors of Lower Austria, Burgenland and Vienna still considered it more sensible to at least open the guest gardens. Argument: in this way, the private meetings taking place anyway would move in a regulated manner. Vorarlberg’s governor Markus Wallner (ÖVP) also emphasized that one should not believe that people would not meet just because politics forbid it. In any case, he wants to keep the opening steps set in his state.
Rather skeptical tones about the opening of restaurants were heard in the Tyrol and Upper Austria meetings because they might be a wrong signal to the population. Carinthia’s governor Peter Kaiser (SPÖ) urged in advance that concrete values should be set as to when easing or stricter measures will take place.
It was unclear in advance what concrete measures could be taken. Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) initially did not even commit to the states. A result should not be determined before 6 p.m.
Test obligation for trade could come
As a possible step, an extension of the Easter holidays or the move to distance learning after the same was discussed. This was not appreciated by all federal states. A closure of the trade is considered unlikely, with the exception of the shops for daily needs, a test obligation is likely to come, as is already known from personal service providers. However, Salzburg, for example, opposed this.
It seems to be relatively fixed that the tests are being expanded again, and stronger border controls were also an issue. In addition, they want to focus on regionalization. Burgenland Governor Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) suggests taking into account the seven-day incidence as well as the test rate of the respective regions. (WHAT)
The Burgenland Governor Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) also advocates regionalization of the measures and suggests taking into account the test rate of the respective regions in addition to the seven-day incidence. In a broadcast he pointed out that Burgenland was second behind Vorarlberg when testing. According to the Coronavirus coordination staff, the incidence in Burgenland on Monday was 238.8. Until the vaccination is complete, there is no other means than testing to prevent a permanent lockdown with serious social and economic consequences, said the governor. He advocates controlled relaxation in order to prevent the infection process from shifting to private life. (WHAT)