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Kurz announces huge corona easing in Austria – and has a message to Germany

The number of corona cases is falling in Austria. As few infections were recorded on Monday as the last seven months ago. Chancellor Kurz is confident. The news ticker.

  • Coronavirus *: – For the first time in seven months, Austria recorded less than 1,000 new infections.
  • From May 19, extensive easing should come into force.
  • This news ticker on the corona situation in Austria is updated regularly.

Update from May 10th, 2:19 pm : “Today we had very quick consultations with the federal states – because we only have good news,” Chancellor Kurz opens the PK on the corona easing (see first report) . For the first time since October, Austria has fewer than 1,000 newly infected people a day. Vorarlberg completed the vaccination of over-50s “with a vaccination rate of 68 percent”.

“The regionalization has paid off. We now even have lower levels of infection than in Germany, although Germany has remained in a tough lockdown for much longer, ”explains Kurz. From May 19, “all over Austria and all industries” will be relaxed. “A pleasure, but also and a turbo for the job market,” said the ÖVP politician. The most important points at a glance:

  • The “Green Pass” gives fully vaccinated, tested and convalescent access to gastronomy, tourism or sport.
  • Schools will return to regular classes from May 17th.
  • Contacts: Four adults plus their children may meet indoors, 10 adults plus their children outdoors.
  • There are no curfews.

Briefly emphasized that the openings “naturally took place under massive security precautions”: “We deliberately relied on FFP2 masks and testing.” In companies there will continue to be mask requirements, staff limits and square meter restrictions. The mask requirement will continue to apply “in many areas”, for example at major events.

Then Kurz cushions something: Despite the wide openings, weddings, parties and club events, for example, are not yet possible. “The opening step is now the first.” The measures will have to be maintained for “a few more weeks” in order to be able to return to “normalcy” in the summer.

Corona in Austria: new infections as low as seven months ago – huge easing planned

Our first report from May 10th : Vienna / Munich – Austria has been in corona lockdown for around six months. However, that should change soon. Germany’s neighboring country wants to open up in almost all industries on May 19. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was confident.

Corona case numbers in Austria are falling – optimistic in short: “Good sign”

On Monday (May 10), only 820 new infections with Sars-CoV-2 * were recorded in Austria. This is what oe24.at and kurier.at report. This is the first time in seven months that new infections * are below 1000. It should be mentioned that significantly fewer tests are carried out in Austria on Sundays than during the week. Nevertheless, Chancellor Kurz expressed himself optimistically towards oe24.at. Falling below 1000 new infections a day is “a good sign of how positive the development is.” He went on to say: “It also shows that the opening steps will come at the right time in nine days.”

The seven-day incidence also fell further to 97.7. Kurz has high hopes for the vaccination campaign. He told the newspaper: “We expect this trend to continue in the next few days and that we have good prerequisites for the openings next week if around three million people have already received a vaccination at the same time as the openings.”

Corona in Austria: Government presents the new regulations today

At 2 p.m. the Austrian government will appear in front of the press to present the regulations from May 19th. As the Austrian media reported in advance, the following easing steps will be taken, among others:

  • Gastronomy: Openings are planned for indoor and outdoor catering. Furthermore, the mask requirement and a minimum distance of two meters between two tables should apply. You need a test *, a vaccination * or confirmation of a corona recovery. A maximum of four adults (plus their children) may come together indoors and a maximum of ten adults outdoors.
  • Hotel: People who have not been vaccinated and those who have not recovered have to take a corona test every day.
  • Events and culture: Events with assigned seats may be held outdoors with a maximum of 3,000 people and indoors with a maximum of 1,500 people. Cinemas or theaters may only be half full.
  • Schools: From May 17th, face-to-face teaching is to be used throughout. Mouth and nose protection should then be worn in the lower grades and an FFP2 mask * in the upper grades. Tests should be carried out three times a week, although self-tests are not permitted.
  • Sports: For contact or team sports, a valid test must be presented unless the person is vaccinated or recovered.

In Tyrol, however, a PCR test scandal caused a stir. A German urologist received a dubious million-dollar contract. (mbr) Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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