The highest current risk figure, which decides on the classification, has Salzburg with 103.1. With this, Salzburg just slipped into the very high risk sector. An application by the state for orange remained in the minority. Upper Austria is only slightly better with 97.3. Burgenland currently has the best value with 38.1. Lower Austria is switching from medium to high risk this week. In return, Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Vienna are improving in the other direction.
Salzburg also had the worst values in the past week for the raw and risk-adjusted number of cases, which cover additional risks. The lowest incidences were in Vorarlberg. In addition to the Ländle, only Vienna shows a downward 14-day trend. It went up in Burgenland, Styria, Upper Austria and Salzburg – more on this in salzburg.ORF.at.
Highest number of cases in Hallein
The highest number of cases has recently been recorded in Hallein, followed by Braunau and Scheibbs. All three districts had repeatedly become conspicuous in the coronavirus pandemic. When it comes to the risk-adjusted incidence, Tamsweg im Lungau is the lone leader with 720. In the test region of Vorarlberg, where the school is now running without testing, all districts are below the incidence of 100 in both assessments – more on this in vorarlberg.ORF.at.
Weekly value is decisive
The traffic light commission uses the cumulative values of the entire past week (Wednesday to Tuesday) for its risk assessment.
As far as the surface of the intensive care units is concerned, Vienna has the highest value both currently and in the forecast. The number of coronavirus intensive care patients in Burgenland was most recently exactly zero. The trend towards new infections among the particularly endangered older generations is less positive. For those over 65 years of age, an increase of 20.3 percent was perceived throughout Austria.
Overall, the Covid-19-specific utilization of the intensive care units was 10.4 percent based on all registered adult intensive care beds in Austria. The forecast calculations show an increase in the utilization of intensive care units to a level of 11.8 percent by October 27th. The systemic risk is therefore still at “medium risk”.
61 percent fully immunized
In relation to the total population, according to the CoV Commission, the proportion of fully immunized was 61.47 percent as of October 13th. The vaccination coverage has reached a level of around 73.3 percent of the vaccinable population (aged twelve and over) and is around 88.8 percent (received at least one dose) in the group of people over 65. This means that Austria is still below average in terms of vaccination coverage in a Western European comparison.
Missing progress in vaccination must therefore be compensated for with more stringent and timely protective measures in order to be able to bring about a sustainable decrease in the number of cases, according to the commission, which therefore recommends accepting the low-threshold vaccination offer in order to achieve the highest possible vaccination coverage. Direct, personalized letters regarding vaccination were expressly welcomed by the Commission.
Current phase still unstable
At the same time, the commission pointed out the need for follow-up vaccinations. With regard to the different vaccine effectiveness determined by different manufacturers, this applies in particular to the timely second vaccination of people vaccinated with Janssen vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).
The Commission continued to assess the current phase as unstable. In October / November 2020, for example, the doubling time increased from around 20 days in mid-October to around seven days at the end of October. If the number of cases continued to rise, the Commission therefore recommended the gradual reintroduction of preventive measures from previous regulations.
Timetable for third stitches in Vienna
There isn’t much new to testing activity. The Viennese tested by far the most last week, the Tyroleans the least, as is now customary. The fact that the comparatively most asymptomatic cases (48 percent) were registered in the federal capital is hardly surprising in view of the diligent testing. The national average is 33 percent. Vienna can also look forward to the second-best value behind Burgenland in the case of clarified cases.
The booster vaccinations have been in progress in Vienna since the beginning of September. So far, 22,044 people have received a third Covid-19 vaccination. It started in retirement and nursing homes and with hospital staff. The city presented the further timetable on Thursday – more on this in wien.ORF.at.