AGES Dashboard: * 513,968 Laboratory Confirmed Cases; 45,931 active cases; Recovered cases 459,178; Tests 20,316,556 (Austria period 02/27/2020 to 03/22/2021 midnight).
The most important corona news at a glance:
- From From Monday to Tuesday there were 3,415 new infections in Austria recorded. in the 32 more deaths occurred during the same period added. So far are in Austria 9,121 people with or on the corona virus died.
- In Austria needed on Tuesday 437 Corona patients intensive medical care and were in intensive care units.
- The Consultations with the Austrian government with experts, opposition and state governors about how to proceed in the corona crisis came to the result on Monday eveningthat more Easing steps after Easter at the earliest are possible. More.
- Due to the increasing number of corona infectionsbecomes the neighboring country GermanyoverEaster into the sharpest lockdown since the beginning of the corona pandemic walk.
Summit should clarify measures for the eastern region
After the corona summit by the federal and state governments on Monday, the Ministry of Health and the states of the eastern region want to discuss “measures” at another summit on Tuesday. Accordingly, there could be regional corona measures. In Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland, the British Corona variant “B.1.1.7” is spreading more and more, leading to a “tense situation” in the intensive care units, as Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) said on Monday.
According to the broadcast, the summit is to take place on Tuesday evening in the Ministry of Health. In addition to Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens), the Lower Austrian Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP), the Burgenland Governor Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) and the Mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig (SPÖ) are expected.
667 new infections in Lower Austria
On Tuesday, 667 new corona infections were reported in Lower Austria. According to information from the office of State Health Councilor Ulrike Königsberger-Ludwig (SPÖ), the total number of deaths has risen by four to a total of 1,495. On Tuesday, 18,812 contacts were in quarantine, 585 more than on Monday.
Germany: Bishops irritated about measures at Easter
The Roman Catholic German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) was irritated on Tuesday by the decisions of the federal and state governments in Germany. They had spoken out against celebrating Easter services. “The result reached us this morning without any warning from the news,” said DBK spokesman Matthias Kopp. On Twitter it was said that the decisions would be discussed during the day.
Due to the high corona incidence values, the federal and state governments in Germany want to ask the religious communities to hold religious gatherings exclusively on the Easter holidays.
Italy receives one million BioNTech / Pfizer cans
The neighboring country of Italy received a large shipment of the corona vaccine from BioNTech / Pfizer on Tuesday. The delivery includes one million vaccination doses and is to be distributed throughout Italy to a total of 214 vaccination centers, said Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, government commissioner for the corona emergency, at a meeting with Prime Minister Mario Draghi. As early as Monday, 333,000 doses of the vaccine from Moderna arrived in Rome, which are also to be distributed across Italy.
The supplies are intended to help the Italian government achieve its goal of delivering 500,000 immunizations per day by the third week of April. Around 170,000 people are currently vaccinated every day in Italy. 80 percent of the population is said to have been immunized by the end of September.
Establishing vaccine production would be too late for this pandemic
In Austria, the establishment of a corona vaccine production for the current pandemic would come too late, says Philipp von Lattorff, President of the Association of the Austrian Pharmaceutical Industry (Pharmig). Even with the right infrastructure in place, it would take two years before a vaccine could be produced. It would take five to six years to build a new vaccine production facility.
According to von Lattorff, this is due to the fact that the Pfizer vaccine, for example, requires around 290 components before it can be vaccinated in the patient. “You can’t manufacture everything in Austria anyway,” says von Lattorff, General Director of Boehringer Ingelheim RCV. “If so, it’s a European thing” to develop a vaccine.
NGO check: FFP2 masks proved to be free of harmful substances
Since the introduction of the FFP2 mask requirement in Austria, the environmental protection organization Global 2000 has received numerous inquiries. Consumers feared differences between Chinese and Austrian masks and wanted to know whether there might be health risks from harmful substances. For this reason and also to prevent existing mask skepticism, the NGO tested FFP2 masks. No pollutants were found.
Germany: tightened lockdown over Easter
Due to the increasing number of corona infections, neighboring Germany will enter the sharpest lockdown over Easter since the pandemic began a year ago. Accordingly, the public, economic and private life between April 1st and 5th is to be shut down sharply. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Ministers of the federal states decided on Tuesday night. In addition, the lockdown in Germany will be extended until April 18.
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