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COVID-19 updates: Vienna-Based UN Organizations

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Read more information relating to the return to the VIC premises in the VBO updates, which can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page.


Advice from the VIC Medical Service

  • If you have travelled during the last 14 days to one of the affected countries, then call the Austrian COVID-19 hotline: 1450.
  • If you have not travelled and are still worried call your GP or 1450.
  • If the symptoms are mild and you would be considered a suspected case, then 1450 will inform the Aerztefunkdienst, the mobile doctor service, and you will be tested at your home. Results are back normally within 24 hours, sometimes earlier.
  • You can also contact Medical Service which is able to assist with the assessment for any suspected case and can facilitate the process with the Austrian health line 1450.

If you are tested positive for COVID-19 you will be monitored and asked to stay in home quarantine by the Austrian authorities. Most of the time (more than 80 percent of cases) the illness will be a mild disease (flu-like, common cold-like illness).

Your family members have a potential chance to be infected during your 14-day home quarantine. The principles of avoiding close contact still apply at home. If possible, you should have your own room to separate you physically from the rest of the family. If that is not possible direct or close contact should be avoided, in line with the general respiratory illness prevention measures. This procedure would apply if a family member tests positive rather than you.

In case of any severe illness you call 144 and the emergency ambulance service will attend to you.

You must notify the VIC Medical Service about the positive test result. This will allow the Medical Service to monitor and assist with any questions regarding healthcare matters.

Insights on how to get the support you need

Around the world, social distancing, quarantine or isolation measures are part of the global effort to slow COVID 19’s spread. But cutting regular social contact and interrupting daily routines, combined with the stress of family and work responsibilities and the exposure to worrying news, can take a toll on your emotional and mental wellbeing.

What to Expect

During a period of social distancing, quarantine or isolation, you or your family members may experience:

  • Fear and anxiety: Feeling anxious or worried about contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others, having concerns about obtaining food and personal supplies, taking time off work or fulfilling family care obligations.
  • Lack of energy and sadness: Interrupting your daily routine may result in feelings of sadness, apathy or boredom.
  • Anger, frustration or irritability: Loss of personal freedom can be frustrating. You may also experience anger or resentment leading you to get easily upset with those close to you.
  • Stigmatization: If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you may feel stigmatized by others.

How to Cope Better

It is important to recognize these emotions and to know that there are tools to help you cope better in this difficult situation.

Limit news consumption to reliable sources

It’s important to obtain accurate and timely public health information regarding COVID-19. Trusted organizations—including the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control are ideal sources of information on the virus. Remember that too much exposure to media coverage of the virus can lead to increased feelings of fear and anxiety. Psychologists recommend balancing time spent on news and social media with other activities unrelated to quarantine or isolation, such as reading, listening to music or learning a new language.

Create and follow a daily routine

Maintaining a daily routine can help both adults and children preserve a sense of order and purpose in their lives despite the unfamiliarity of isolation and quarantine. Try to include regular daily activities, such as work, exercise or learning, even if they must be executed remotely. Integrate other healthy pastimes as needed.

Stay virtually connected with others

Your face-to-face interactions may be limited, but psychologists suggest using phone calls, text messages, video chat and social media to access social support networks. If you’re feeling sad or anxious, use these conversations as an opportunity to discuss your experience and associated emotions. Reach out to those you know who are in a similar situation.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle seek professional support when needed

Get enough sleep, eat well and exercise in your home when you are physically capable of doing so. Try to avoid using alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with the stresses of isolation and quarantine. If needed, consider telehealth options for psychotherapy. If you already have a psychologist, contact her or him to see if they can continue your sessions online.

Use psychological strategies to manage stress and stay positive

Aim to make a realistic assessment of your concerns and your ability to cope. Accept that there are things beyond your control, which cannot be changed, and focus on the positive elements in your life and the things you can do. One way to do this is to keep a daily gratitude journal. You may also choose to download smartphone applications and online videos that deliver mindfulness and relaxation exercises(see for example20 Minute Connection Practice and Guided Meditation) and coping and resilience resources such as exercises for deep breathing, positive imagery, muscle relaxation and more.

https://www.headspace.com/covid-19 offers an excellent compilation of resources on meditation, stress management and other coping techniques for individuals, managers and children.

Focusing on the altruistic reasons for social distancing, quarantine or isolation can also help mitigate psychological distress. Remember that by following these measures, you and your family are protecting yourselves and your community, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

Helping your children cope with stress

Keep in mind that children may experience stress in different ways, such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc. It is important to listen to their concerns and reassure them, providing age-appropriate factual information about the situation and the protective measures that should be followed. Keep to regular routines and schedules as much as possible, or help create new ones in a new environment, including school/learning as well as time for safely playing and relaxing.

Adapted from:

www.apa.org;

www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/social-distancing

www.who.int

Other helpful resources:

https://www.mindful.org/connection-practice-remedy-feelings-isolation/

www.mindful.org/category/meditation/guided-meditation/

For people who have seasonal allergies, springtime this year coincides with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Because both conditions affect the respiratory tract, it is understandable that a person who has seasonal allergies would get anxious this year. Keep in mind that the main difference between both conditions is that seasonal allergies generally don’t cause fever or gastro-intestinal symptoms, and they respond to treatment with an antihistamine or similar medications.

Below are some tips to help distinguish the two conditions:

Symptom Covid-19 Allergy
Fever Yes No
Chills Yes No
Body aches Yes No
Shortness of breath Yes Rarely (asthma, bronchitis)
Fatigue Yes Generally no
Cough Yes (dry, persistent) Yes (dry/productive)
Sore/itchy throat Yes Yes
Sneezing Rarely Yes
Running nose Yes, sometimes Yes, commonly
Congested nose Yes Yes, very much so
Red eye Yes - rarely, not itchy Yes common, itchy
Headache Yes Yes, sometimes
Nausea and Vomiting Yes No
Diarrhoea yes No

If you suffer from seasonal allergies and you are not sure whether your symptoms are due to one or the other condition, please contact your doctor or the VIC Medical Service for assistance.


Updates from the main Vienna Based Organizations ​​in the VIC

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today five people working for VBOs at the VIC have contracted COVID-19. Close contacts have been informed.

Of these five people, two are from CTBTO and one each from UNOV/UNODC, IAEA and UNIDO.

The total number of VIC personnel who have tested positive is 49.

In addition, one participant attending meetings at the VIC has also been reported as positive. Following the established protocols, Medical Services contacted all close contacts and were informed in line with the requirements of local authorities.

The number among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is six.

Of the total number who have tested positive, 41 people have already recovered.

VIC Medical Service analysis of recent cases at VIC shows a very similar trend to that seen in the Host Country. People typically contract the virus in the family, in household settings and among friends.

In line with the new Austrian regulation on indoor private gatherings that took effect today, the VIC Medical Service recommends limiting gatherings, receptions and group meetings without assigned seating to a maximum of 10 people.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
  • More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian Government, business and labour agree to work to place all telecommuting matters on a firm legal footing, with first results from working groups expected in March 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today that a person working for the IAEA at the VIC has contracted COVID-19. Close contacts have been informed.

The total number of VIC personnel who have tested positive is 44.

The number among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is six.

Of the total number who have tested positive, 36 have already recovered.

VIC Medical Service analysis of recent cases at VIC shows a very similar trend to that seen in the Host Country. People typically contract the virus in the family, in household settings and among friends.

The following is important to note:

  • The home quarantine or work-from-home period for identified close contacts is 10 days, independent from the PCR test result
  • To end a close-contact home quarantine the person must be free of symptoms for the last two days of the 10-day period, otherwise the period is extended
  • Austrian Authorities may check home quarantine and may also decide to retest the person

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • Labour Minister Christine Aschbacher met with business and labour representatives this morning to discuss in what way labour laws could be modernized to provide a solid legal framework for all matters related to telecommuting. The negotiators agreed to form working groups to apply the lessons learned to a legal framework. First results are expected in March 2021.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
  • More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – VIC CMT message on stigmatization, message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian Chancellor says COVID-19 cases rising exponentially, from Monday no more than 10 people at private indoor gatherings

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The VIC Medical Service has informed the VIC CMT that some of the VIC personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been stigmatized. Stigmatization is unacceptable under any circumstances anywhere, including at the VIC and by VIC personnel. These are trying times for us all. Those who test COVID-19 positive may carry a psychological burden that endures well after physical symptoms fade. We can and must strive harder to show compassion and understanding.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as bathrooms, corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating or drinking seated in the cafeteria or restaurant and at coffee corners. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • In a televised briefing with other cabinet members today, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the developments of the past days and weeks had shown an exponential rise of new infections in Austria and rising numbers of hospitalizations too.
  • The situation was not equally dramatic everywhere in Austria, but numbers were rising in all regions, notably Vienna.
  • To avoid a second lockdown and to avert damage to public health and the economy, and because most infections happened through private contacts, the Government had therefore decided on the following measures to be in force from 00:00 on Monday 21 September:
    • Private gatherings indoors limited to a maximum of 10 people, except funerals. Private gatherings outdoors limited to 100 persons. No changes to professionally organized events. Kurz added that for constitutional reasons these limits did not apply to private residences. [It is not yet fully clear whether the 10-person limit will apply to exercise and dance classes.]
    • In restaurants and the catering sector, consumption of food and drinks only sitting at the table. This measure was already in force. Maximum 10 people per table.
    • Masks to be worn in shops, outdoor markets, fairs, healthcare facilities, religious services, public transport, public offices and restaurants whenever not seated at the table.
  • Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler urged people to comply with measures and use common sense. He said it was only a short step from the stupidity of a few to the unemployment of many.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober cited rising numbers globally, in Europe and in Austria. Testing in Austria was at an all-time high. He reiterated that he saw the very diverging prognoses as an indication that the situation was at a crossroads.
  • Closing hours in bars and nightclubs would be applied also to private functions. Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said the police would be doing targeted checks in all provinces to enforce closing hours.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
  • More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – additional measures, message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Health Minister says traffic light classifications a wake-up call

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The rising number of COVID-19 cases in our Host Country and at the Vienna International Centre is a cause for concern. The VIC continues to adhere to Host Country and Host City regulations and recommendations, and the VIC CMT closely monitors developments. As the VBO Executive Heads said yesterday in their reply to a joint letter from Presidents of the VBO Staff Councils (VISAC), managers may extend flexible working arrangements within each organization’s respective policy framework. In keeping with the most recent Host Country regulations on consuming food and drink seated indoors, the following measures have been or are being taken:

  • Coffee Corners (CO4, C07): Buildings Management Services are working with EUREST to change seating arrangements for tables and chairs more than one metre apart. High tables at C07 and standing reception-style tables will be removed.
  • Coffee Corners M-Building: The seating area has already been arranged.
  • Cocktail Lounge (Bar): It will continue to operate as a Coffee Corner from 11.30 am to 3.00 pm – with appropriately arranged tables and chairs separated by more than one meter. Alcohol will not be served.
  • Restaurant: It will open from Monday 21 September, with distanced seating arrangements.
  • Signs and notices are being prepared to remind customers at EUREST outlets not to move chairs or tables, to wear masks when not seated to eat or drink, and to observe physical distancing.

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today there are five new positive COVID-19 cases at the VIC:

  • 3 IAEA
  • 1 UNOV/UNODC
  • 1 UNIDO
  • Total VIC personnel: 43

    Close contacts have been informed.

    The number of cases among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is six.

    Of the total cases so far, 36 have already recovered.

    MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

    Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating in the cafeteria. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

    VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing today there were again considerable numbers of new infections, as well as a high level of tests, most of them in Vienna. Anschober said he was concerned as the number of hospitalizations had started to rise again too.
    • Anschober said he considered Monday’s traffic light categorization to be a wake-up call. He said prognostic modelling on case numbers suggested Austria was at a crossroads between stabilization and exponential growth.
    • The Government met with representatives of the regions classified as “Orange” today, he said. Two central challenges had been identified: private gatherings, and the long duration of testing and contact tracing in some of the Orange regions. He said in Orange areas it was particularly important to protect vulnerable groups and to extend screening programmes.
    • The Health Minister said provinces and districts could and should adopt additional measures regionally and locally.
    • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
    • More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/. See VIC CMT Update from 15 September for information in English.

    NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austria’s COVID-19 traffic light system classifies Vienna orange, but there are no changes to existing measures so far

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today there are three new positive COVID-19 cases among VBOs:

  • 2 UNOV/UNODC, including one non-HQ
  • 1 IAEA

Total VIC personnel: 38 (32 recovered)

Close contacts have been informed.

The number of cases among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is six.

Correction: the case reported yesterday was a contractor for IAEA, not UNIDO.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

Masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating in the cafeteria. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • Austria’s COVID-19 traffic light commission, which advises the Government, updated its classification of the country’s districts today after meeting on Monday evening.
  • Information was posted on www.corona-ampel.gv.at page today, in German. The main details are below.
  • Vienna and several other cities and districts are classified as “Orange” (high risk). However, as of today there are no new measures associated with this higher classification, including for schools. The VIC is already adhering to relevant Host Country regulations and recommendations.
  • Information posted on the traffic light page on measures pertaining to the colour Orange:
    • Under the heading “Mandatory measures applying nationwide”, the page refers to the decrees (Verordnung) Lockerungsverordnung and Novelle der Lockerungsverordnung vom 12.09.2020 and lists measures codified in these.
    • Under the heading “Current recommendations of the Commission,”:
      • The page lists six recommendations that pertain to nursing facilities, hospitals, screening, measures to protect the elderly, preventive measures at places such as markets and limitations of events for invitees/private functions without safety concept.
      • The Commission further adds that no further measures for events are needed as the measures of the Lockerungsverordnung have to be implemented and the mandatory prevention concepts applied.
      • The Commission further adds that no further measures are necessary for the education sector as there is no indication that the education sector is substantially contributing to the spread of COVID-19.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
  • More on the traffic light system here (in German): https://corona-ampel.gv.at/

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian Government announces new nationwide measures to tackle rise in COVID-19 cases, including much wider mask use; Chancellor Kurz sees beginning of second wave, asks all to implement measures; media report Vienna to be categorize orange under traffic light system

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today there is one new positive COVID-19 case at the VIC:

  • 1 UNIDO contractor

Total VIC personnel: 35 (26 recovered)

Close contacts have been informed.

The number of cases among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is five.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

From Monday, 14 September, masks must be worn in ALL common spaces in the VIC, such as corridors, the Rotunda and kitchens. This is in addition to those spaces where masks were already required, such as the Commissary, banks and post office. Masks may be removed in the workplace or office, when in assigned seating in a meeting and while eating in the cafeteria. The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the required use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • The Corona Commission, an advisory body to the Government, met for a special session on Monday evening to review the high number of new infections. The Commission makes recommendations to the Government for decisions to be taken at a political level. Austrian media reported the Commission had categorized Vienna orange. An announcement will be made on Tuesday.
  • At a televised briefing on Sunday following a meeting with business and labour representatives), Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said we were at the beginning of a second wave. Sunday’s numbers were only lower because of fewer tests at the weekend. Aside from new measures, common sense and individual responsibility were urgently necessary.
  • Kurz said most infections happened in private life but were then often carried into the workplace. Employers therefore needed to be careful. Working from home had worked well and should be continued and increased and working in the workplace needed prevention concepts. These too had worked well and should be further extended.
  • At a televised briefing on Friday, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, other cabinet members and the Spokesperson for the Corona-Commission announced new measures that apply nationwide and the categorization of Austrian cities and districts under the COVID-19 traffic light system for the coming week.
  • Kurz reiterated that this autumn and winter would be challenging and said the situation was becoming serious again. The numbers had risen continuously over the past weeks, worldwide and in Austria, particularly in Vienna and other urban areas. This would bring health and economic challenges, especially as Austria is a tourist destination. What happened now would be decisive for the autumn and winter.
  • The measures presented came into effect on Monday and are valid for all Austria. Kurz said he did not expect these measures to be loosened in the coming weeks.
  • These are the regulations announced:
    • Masks mandatory in all areas where they are already, plus in all shops, service providers, government offices where there is contact with the public, schools outside the classroom, and wherever there is contact with customers.
    • Events with no fixed seating: maximum 50 participants indoors, maximum 100 participants outdoors
    • Events with fixed seating: maximum 1,500 participants indoors, maximum 3,000 participants outdoors
    • Restaurants and the catering sector: masks for service staff and food and drinks to be consumed only at the table
  • Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler said the aim was to avoid a second lockdown.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said the Commission had recommended the cities or districts of Vienna, Graz, Wiener Neustadt, Korneuburg, Innsbruck, Schwaz and Kufstein to be categorized as yellow. The rest of the country is categorized as green.
  • Anschober urged the population to be particularly careful in yellow areas. He also cautioned against misinterpreting green; it did not mean conditions were safe, but still serious. Everyone needed to take responsibility.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
  • More on the traffic light system here (in German)

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations – message from the VIC Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – number of new cases highest since 28 March; media reports say Austrian leaders favour tougher measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIC-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today there is one new positive COVID-19 case at the VIC:

  • 1 IAEA

Total VIC personnel: 35 (26 recovered)

Close contacts have been informed.

The number of cases among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is five.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The Austrian authorities will issue their weekly update of the “traffic light” system on Friday. When the system was introduced last week, Vienna was assessed as being yellow on the four-colour scale. VIC measures and recommendations are in line with the measures required or recommended by the Host Country for those areas marked yellow.

More on the traffic light system here (in German)

The measures under yellow

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the recommended use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The Austrian authorities reported there were 645 new cases recorded in Austria yesterday, the highest since 28 March. According to Austrian media reports, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wants to see tougher measures introduced to deal with the rise. The health minister is awaiting the traffic light update that he said is scheduled to be made public at 1100 on Friday, according to media reports. The Host City’s health commissioner told reporters tougher measures were needed in Vienna, where 387 cases were reported yesterday.The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN system organizations – message from the Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Health Minister says Austria numbers too high, more prevention needed

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN SYSTEM ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The VIC Medical Service reported today there is one new positive COVID-19 case at the VIC:

  • 1 IAEA

Total VIC personnel: 34 (26 recovered)

This case is associated with the cases previously reported in the Commissary, involving personnel who work there. Close contacts had already been identified and informed. The VIC Medical Service assesses that there was no risk to customers.

The number of cases among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is five.

MESSAGE FROM THE VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the recommended use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian authorities reported there were 533 new cases recorded in Austria yesterday.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing he considered the numbers in Austria too high and they needed stabilizing. He said more prevention was necessary and this was being considered.
  • The global peak had not yet been reached, and the pandemic should not be underestimated, Anschober said.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
  • NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

    Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

    Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

    On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – message from the Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Authorities report highest daily total of new cases since 1 April

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN SYSTEM ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service reported today there is one new positive COVID-19 case at the VIC:

  • 1 IAEA contractor

Total VIC personnel: 33 (24 recovered)

This case is associated with the cases previously reported in the Commissary. Close contacts had already been identified and informed.

The number of cases among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is five.

MESSAGE FROM VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill. The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided. It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the recommended use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian authorities reported there were 470 new cases recorded in Austria yesterday, the highest total since 1 April.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – message from the Medical Service

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service reported today there are seven new positive COVID-19 cases at the VIC:

  • 6 IAEA
  • 1 UNOV/UNODC

Total VIC personnel: 32 (24 recovered)

The close contacts of all seven people have been identified and informed. Almost all the cases relate to the previously reported case in the Commissary. All staff working at the Commissary were tested and a deep cleaning of relevant areas took place on 4 September. Staff who tested positive and close contacts are in quarantine. The Commissary reopened today.

The number of cases among personnel working for VBOs outside Vienna is five.

MESSAGE FROM VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all personnel to avoid gathering in groups, and when not possible, respect the one-meter physical distancing and the recommended use of masks.

VIC personnel should notify the Medical Service at this email address if they or family members test positive

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – message from the Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – “traffic light” system introduced; most of country green; Vienna among four areas on yellow, meaning greater use of masks

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service reported today there are two new positive COVID-19 cases:

  • 1 IAEA staff member at the VIC
  • 1 IAEA contractor at the Seibersdorf Laboratories

Total VIC personnel: 25 (20 recovered)

The number of cases among staff working for VBOs outside Vienna is 5.

Close contacts have been informed.

MESSAGE FROM VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The Medical Service reminds all personnel not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

It also reminds all personnel not to gather in groups in offices or for coffee, lunchbreaks and chats.

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • At a televised briefing today, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, cabinet members and the spokesperson of the new commission on the Government’s “COVID-19 traffic light system” presented the new system.
  • The German-language public website of the system is: https://corona-ampel.gv.at/
  • There are four colours: green, yellow, orange and red, depicting different risk levels for each district in Austria (and Vienna in its entirety). The levels are assessed by the Corona Commission, an advisory body to the Government. They will be updated every Friday or ad hoc when the Commission considers it necessary.
  • In the first version of the system launched today, the cities of Vienna, Graz and Linz as well as the district of Kufstein in Tyrol province are classified as yellow, the rest of the country green.<.li>
  • An overview of the guidance provided by the traffic light system for different traffic light colours can be found here (in German).

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – message from the Medical Service

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

VIC Medical Service Update:

The Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service reported there are five new positive COVID-19 cases at the VIC:

  • 2 UNOV/UNODC
  • 2 IAEA
  • 1 UNIDO

Total VIC personnel: 24 (20 recovered)

The close contacts of all five people have been identified and informed. One of the IAEA cases is a Commissary staff member. The VIC Medical Service’s assessment is there is no risk for non-Commissary staff or other clients. As a precautionary measure and to allow time for Commissary staff to be tested and for deep cleaning of relevant areas, the Commissary will be closed tomorrow, 4 September.

UNIDO has also noted a positive case at a non-VIC headquarters field location. This brings the total number of positive cases involving non-VIC staff outside of Austria to four.

MESSAGE FROM VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all staff not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

    Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian government urges people to help keep COVID-19 down by making greater use of masks, meet in smaller private groups

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and other cabinet members gave a televised briefing today after their first cabinet meeting after the summer break.
  • Kurz said it looked as though the research on vaccines and treatment may allow the next summer to be a normal one. Austria had come through the pandemic well so far.
  • However, now at the start of autumn, the numbers were at a relatively high level and everyone must contribute to get through the autumn and winter well.
  • The Government made three central recommendations:
    1. Continue distancing and hygiene measures
    2. Wear a mask where distance cannot be kept and where people feel they could be at risk
    3. When holding private social gatherings, it was recommended to have fewer people or a maximum of 25 attending and to keep distance where possible.
  • Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said if the situation became more difficult, new measures would become necessary.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said he considered the number of infections somewhat too high but not dramatic. One of the main areas of cluster formation in recent weeks had been at private gatherings; this was the reason for the recommendation on reducing numbers at private gatherings and maintaining distance.
  • Large gatherings of people and indoor spaces with poor ventilation and/or high background noise should be avoided in the coming months, as these were settings in which the virus thrived, he said.
  • On masks, Anschober said the government recommended people use them more, with influenza and colds as well as COVID-19 in mind in the coming autumn and winter months.
  • He appealed to people to stay home if they had symptoms and call a doctor and said it was a good time now to download the Stop Corona App.
  • Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said everyone needed to be more alert again as autumn approaches. He underlined that compliance with quarantine measures was a legal requirement. People who were under quarantine and did not comply were subject to fines if not infected and to criminal penalties if tested positive.
  • A “traffic light system” will be introduced on Friday which will depict the situation in different parts of the country at district level and will provide guidance on measures to be taken by local authorities in response.
  • Hungary closed all borders to non-citizens as of 1 September; for citizens the requirement is 14 days compulsory home quarantine or two negative tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – message from the Medical Service

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

NEW CASES:

The Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service reported today there is a new positive COVID-19 case at the VIC working at UNOV/UNODC. UNIDO also registered a positive case at a non-VIC headquarters field location. All close contact persons have been informed. This brings the total number of positive cases involving VBOs personnel to 22. 16 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all staff not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES:

Updates are issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.

Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.

On the site you can find all updates, guidelines, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to official information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – message from the Medical Service

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

NEW CASES:

The Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service reported on Monday there are three new positive COVID-19 cases; two in UNOV/UNODC and one at the IAEA. All close contact persons have been informed. This brings the total number of positive cases involving VIC personnel to 20; 16 have already recovered.

MESSAGE FROM VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

The Medical Service encourages everyone to adhere at and outside the workplace to the physical distancing rule, washing hands and wearing a mask when required or when close contact situations cannot be avoided.

It also reminds all staff not to come to work with symptoms or when feeling ill.

PROTOCOL FOR ADDRESSING COVID-19 CASES IN THE VIC:

A protocol is in place at the VIC for addressing COVID-19 cases among staff, which is based on the regulations of the Austrian health authorities. According to this protocol, if a staff member or other personnel reports that he or she has tested positive for COVID-19, the VIC Medical Service, following the guidelines for contact tracing provided by the Austrian authorities, will notify staff who are considered potential close contact persons of the confirmed case and advise on further steps.

Close contact is considered to be face-to-face contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19:

  • for at least 15 minutes (uninterrupted),
  • at a distance of less than two metres and
  • during the 48 hours before the symptoms started or the test was performed.
Staff identified as close contacts are asked to work from home and the VIC Medical Service will contact the Austrian health authorities to arrange testing for them. In addition, a specific cleaning protocol for the relevant area is activated. In the event of a confirmed positive case, all VIC staff are notified through the VIC COVID-19 updates and informed about the steps being taken.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 25,404 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 222 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 21,657. The death toll stands at 733. There have been 1,101,206 tests.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – message from the Medical Service

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service reports there is a positive COVID-19 case involving a UNIDO staff member, whose symptoms are not severe. There was no workplace exposure because the person was on holiday and not at work.

The Medical Service encourages anyone who has returned or will return from Croatia or the Balearic Islands to undergo testing.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The Austrian authorities reported as of 0800 today 24,310 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 330 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 20,958. The death toll stands at 729. There have been 1,048,216 tests.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – message from the Medical Service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – From Monday, tests needed from those returning from Spain’s Balearic Islands; Austrian leaders express concern about rising number of cases
  • MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

    Message from the Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service:

    The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Staff and personnel must remain vigilant at the VIC and in our host community.

    Keeping physical distance is, together with regular hand washing, the most effective preventive measure against COVID-19.

    Remember to keep at least one metre distance from others, and wear a mask whenever this is not possible, such as when using the elevators. Occupancy in the elevators remains limited to the posted maximum.

    Masks are required at Security entrances, when interacting with Security officers and in the Commissary, the cafeteria, pharmacy, banks and post office at the VIC.

    VIC personnel may, of course, wear masks whenever they are in public spaces at the VIC if they wish.

    The top priority at the VIC is the health and wellbeing of all. Individual responsibility plays an important part in this.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

    From Monday 24 August, those returning from Spain’s Balearic Islands must produce a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past 72 hours or go into home quarantine and obtain a test within 48 hours, the Austrian Government announced on Tuesday. Free testing will be available at all Austrian airports for those returning from these islands; details will be announced today.

    Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a televised briefing the summer had gone quite well, but the situation had worsened in Austria and elsewhere in Europe. The largest group of positive cases involved returning holidaymakers.

    Border controls would be strengthened with 500 extra police officers and 800 Austrian armed forces personnel would be available to help support health officials, Kurz said. A network of 38 mobile testing centres were available across the country.

    Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said the average age of those testing positive had dropped and was now 23.5, with more than two-thirds of them male. “Yes, we all look forward to that holiday. But we really must act responsibly,” he said. The increase in cases was broadly in line with expectations but the figures were a cause for concern.

    Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said there were more than 20,000 people in quarantine in Austria at the moment. He noted compliance with quarantine measures was a legal requirement and non-compliance if infected was a criminal offence. He encouraged people to take their vacation in Austria.

    The Austrian authorities reported as of 0800 today 23,952 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 222 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 20,958. The death toll stands at 729. There have been 1,048,216 tests.

    The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

    NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

    • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
    • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
    • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – Update from Security on Commissary access cards for family members and dependents
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – test required from those returning from Croatia, Education Minister outlines return-to-school plans

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

UN Security and Safety Service update on Commissary access cards for family members:

It has been discovered that, due to a technical issue, some old family member access cards may not allow access to the Vienna International Centre (VIC).

For this reason, prior to a Commissary visit, family members with old access cards should first go to the Pass Office at Gate 1 to receive a new access card.

Please note family members will then need to exit Gate 1 and re-enter the VIC through Gate 3 or Gate 4 to reach the Commissary. Gate 4 is for vehicles entering and leaving the VIC. Gate 3 is a pedestrian entrance and exit, and an exit for vehicles.

The Pass Office opening hours are from 08:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday. The Pass Office is accessible through the Gate 1 Visitors Entrance.

Thank you for your understanding.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • From today, those returning to Austria from Croatia must have a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the previous 72 hours or go into quarantine and take a test within 48 hours. This is because about a third of the recent positive cases involve holidaymakers returning from Croatia, according to the Health Ministry.
  • Those who live in Vienna and returned from Croatia between 7 and 16 August can take a free test at a centre set up outside the Ernst Happel stadium in Prater. This will be possible until Friday 21 August.
  • People who returned from Croatia between 7 and 16 August can also have a free test at home; to request such a test call the COVID-19 helpline on 1450. Those who feel unwell should ask for a test at home and not go to the test centre.
  • Tests for those arriving back in Austria from Croatia from today on are not free.
  • In a tweet, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz urged people to be careful and noted the pandemic was not yet over. He said people should do everything to protect people’s health and avoid a second lockdown so that jobs and the economy are not put at risk.
  • Education Minister Heinz Fassmann told a televised briefing on Monday that schools and kindergartens would open without restrictions when the new school year starts. He said schools were well prepared and that a handbook on hygiene measures would be sent to schools. He urged parents not to send children to school if they are unwell. A digital distance learning portal will be online in September for use if schools have to close.
  • Fassmann outlined four measures:
    1. Classrooms must be ventilated every 20 minutes for five minutes.
    2. Outdoor classes are recommended whenever possible.
    3. Face masks important in entry halls and staircases. It is recommended children remain with their class groups and minimize mixing with other groups.
    4. A “traffic light” system that tracks and responds to infection rates will be used, with four stages ranging from green (regular operations) to red (distance learning if there is general lockdown in a region).
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 23,515 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 138 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 20,765. The death toll stands at 729. There have been 1,024,067 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

    NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

    • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
    • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
    • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – Commissary access for family members and dependents
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

From Monday, 17 August, family member and dependants who are Commissary cardholders will again be able to access the Commissary. This includes relevant family members and dependents linked to Permanent Missions and other international organizations as well as family members and dependents of Vienna International Centre (VIC) staff.

However, due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, family cardholders can access the Commissary through Gate 4 or Gate 3 only and should park in the Commissary car park.

Access to the main area of the VIC and through Gate 1 or Gate 5 is not allowed for family card holders at the moment. Please note that children are currently not allowed to enter the VIC, including the Commissary.

Family members may continue to use the old access cards which are still valid and are reminded that it is not possible to exchange them for new access cards at Gate 1 for the time being.

To avoid extended waiting times and crowding during peak periods, all Commissary cardholders should register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/vic-commissary for a date and timeslot. Cardholders will receive an automatically generated confirmation of their registration by email that must be shown (electronically or as a printout) to the staff managing the Commissary entrances. No limit is placed on the frequency of visits.

Please note that face masks are required in the Commissary and at the Security Gates when entering and exiting the VIC.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The Austrian authorities reported as of 0800 today 22,881 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 211 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 20,499. The death toll stands at 725. There have been 1,003,432 tests.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

p>NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – reminder on staying safe and well, updates on VIC meeting guidelines for organizers and participants, links to travel and entry guidance
  • Latest Austrian developments and measure

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

As a reminder, staff and personnel must remain vigilant at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) and in our host community. That means maintaining physical distancing of at least one metre, using face masks where they are required and observing hand hygiene. The top priority at the VIC is the health and wellbeing of all. Individual responsibility plays an important part in this.

VIC Medical Service guidelines for meeting organizers and participants are now available:

Organizers

Participants

The guidelines may also be published individually by each organization as it deems appropriate to ensure that they become available to the intended recipient, including Members States or experts.

New Information on travel and entry requirements

The Austrian authorities have issued a new set of regulations regarding travel advice. They can be consulted in the following links:

In English

Appendices 1 and 2 referred to in the document can be found here (Anlage A1)

It should also be noted that as of 10 August adjustments were made to the mainland of Spain:

  • In Appendix A1 (entry without restrictions) the listing of “Spain” has been restricted to “only the Balearic Islands and the Canaries”.
  • In Appendix A2 (countries in which there is an increased risk of COVID-19) the phrase “Spain (with the exception of the Balearic Islands and the Canaries)” has been inserted.

In German:

This is the Austrian regulation in full, in German

Health Ministry helpline (which can usually answer in English as well as German):

  • Phone: 0800 201 611 (then press 2 and wait for a helpline worker to answer; it may take a while)
  • Email: buergerservice@sozialministerium.at

A list of diplomatic representations in Vienna or accredited to Austria can be found here

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 22,086 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 74 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 20,010. The death toll stands at 723. There have been 965,758 tests.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

LINK TO ADDENDUM ON GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VIC RETURN:

The key points from the Addendum to General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 12 June VIC CMT update, available by scrolling down the page here

The full Addendum text is here

The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on COVID-19 page; scroll down to 14 May.

The full General Guidelines are available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

The Vienna International Centre Medical Service has been informed that a person working at the International Atomic Energy Agency has tested COVID-19 positive. Over the weekend, the staff member developed symptoms and took a test, the result of which was available today. The Medical Service has identified, contacted and advised all staff listed as primary contacts of the affected staff member, and will continue to monitor them.

LINK TO ADDENDUM ON GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VIC RETURN:

The key points from the Addendum to General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 12 June VIC CMT update, available by scrolling down the page here

The full Addendum text is here

The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on COVID-19 page; scroll down to 14 May.

The full General Guidelines are available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations – reminder on face masks and access
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – face masks measures come into force; tightened entry requirements delayed

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

This is a reminder that in keeping with the latest Austrian measures outlined below, face masks will be required in the Commissary, post office and bank offices at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) from today, Friday 24 July.

Please note existing requirements for wearing face masks at the VIC, such as in the cafeteria and at the Security gates, remain in place.

Please also be reminded there are still access restrictions in place at the VIC, as outlined in the guidance from 23 June, notably: “Until further notice, family members, retirees and private visitors will not have access to the VIC. Guided tours remain suspended until 1 October.”

The only children with access to the VIC are those who attend the childcare centre (kindergarten).

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • From today it is compulsory to wear face masks in supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, banks, post offices and petrol/gas stations with grocery stores, according to updated official regulations. They are also required when visiting hospitals, care homes and spas.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had announced the measures on Tuesday.
  • As before, face masks are obligatory on public transport, including taxis, and in pharmacies and at medical practices.
  • Austria also announced on Tuesday that from today entry from high-risk areas would be possible only with a negative COVID-19 test carried out by a laboratory recognised by the Austrian authorities.
  • However, the Health Ministry told Austria’s APA news agency on Thursday the introduction of these tightened entry rules was being delayed. It was not clear when the new entry measures would be introduced.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 0800 today 20,224 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 123 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 18,042. The death toll stands at 711. There have been 833,841 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
  • LINK TO ADDENDUM ON GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VIC RETURN:

    The key points from the Addendum to General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 12 June VIC CMT update, available by scrolling down the page here

    The full Addendum text is here

    The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on COVID-19 page; scroll down to 14 May.

    The full General Guidelines are available here

    NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

    • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
    • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
    • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
    • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations on face masks
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – face masks compulsory in supermarkets, banks and post offices from Friday; tighter checks at borders

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

In keeping with the latest Austrian measures outlined below, face masks will be required in the Commissary, post office and bank offices at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) from Friday 24 July.

Please note existing requirements for wearing face masks at the VIC, such as in the cafeteria and at the Security gates, remain in place.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • From this Friday, 24 July, it will be compulsory to wear face masks in supermarkets, banks and post offices, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced at a televised briefing on Tuesday.
  • The reintroduction of compulsory masks in those settings had both public health and symbolic value, he said, noting that it would remind people the coronavirus remained a threat.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said a four-phase “traffic light” system was being developed to help pinpoint and respond to regional and local clusters. This would be ready for the autumn, when the number of cases was likely to increase.
  • Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said there would be tighter checks at Austria’s borders and on those who have to undergo 14 days’ quarantine. Also, from Friday, entry from high-risk areas would be possible only with a negative test carried out by a laboratory recognised by the Austrian authorities.
  • Kurz said the measures were in response to the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, notably linked to people returning or arriving from the Western Balkans.
  • Kurz urged people not to travel to the Western Balkans over the summer.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 19,801 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 86 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 17,716. The death toll stands at 710. There have been 805,600 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

LINK TO ADDENDUM ON GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VIC RETURN:

The key points from the Addendum to General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 12 June VIC CMT update, available by scrolling down the page here

The full Addendum text is here

The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on COVID-19 page; scroll down to 14 May.

The full General Guidelines are available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The VIC Medical Service has been informed that a person working at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was tested COVID-19 positive. As the staff member had been self-isolating prior to developing symptoms and being tested, their most recent contacts at the Vienna International Centre are not considered at risk but have been informed.

LINK TO ADDENDUM ON GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VIC RETURN:

The key points from the Addendum to General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 12 June VIC update, available by scrolling down the page here: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

The full Addendum text is here

The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on COVID-19 page; scroll down to 14 May.

The full General Guidelines are available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to sonja.wintersberger@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

From today, the Vienna International Centre is returning to 100 percent staffing. Also, the maximum number of meeting participants will be increased to 250, with the same hygiene and mitigation measures in place as hitherto. At the same time, a significant number of restrictions are being eased in our Host Country, as outlined in VIC Crisis Management Team update on 24 June. As a reminder, staff and personnel must remain vigilant in our Headquarters and in our host community. That means maintaining physical distancing of at least one metre, using face masks where they are required and observing hand hygiene. While masks are not required in most settings, the Austrian authorities still recommend they be worn where distancing becomes more difficult to observe. The top priority at the VIC is the health and wellbeing of all. Individual responsibility plays an important part in this.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

In a televised briefing on Tuesday, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said the authorities were ready to take measures if the position worsened.

The Austrian authorities reported as of 0800 today 17,778 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 93 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 16,478. The death toll stands at 705. There have been 606,375 tests.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

The key points from the Addendum to General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 12 June VIC CMT update, available by scrolling down the page here

The full Addendum text is here

The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on COVID-19 page; scroll down to 14 May.

The full General Guidelines are available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service has been informed by the Austrian authorities today that there is a suspected COVID-19 case linked to one of the groups at the VIC kindergarten. That group will not attend kindergarten from the end of today, 29 June, until at least when the individual’s test result is known.

The test result on the suspected case reported on 25 June was negative. The kindergarten said the group that had been affected by this would be able to return to kindergarten tomorrow, 30 June.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The Austrian authorities reported as of 0800 today 17,650 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 57 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 16,420. The death toll stands at 703. There have been 606,375 tests.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

LINK TO ADDENDUM ON GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VIC RETURN:

The key points from the Addendum to General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 12 June VIC CMT update, available by scrolling down the page here

The full Addendum text is here

The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on COVID-19 page; scroll down to 14 May.

The full General Guidelines are available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service has been informed by the Austrian authorities today that there is one suspected COVID-19 case linked to one of the groups (KKG2) at the VIC kindergarten. That group will not attend kindergarten from Friday 26 June, at least until the test result on the individual concerned is known.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 17,400 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 29 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 16,320. The death toll stands at 698. There have been 584,243 tests.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

LINK TO ADDENDUM ON GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VIC RETURN:

The key points from the Addendum to General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 12 June VIC CMT update, available by scrolling down the page here

The full Addendum text is here

The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on COVID-19 page; scroll down to 14 May.

The full General Guidelines are available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – further easing of measures for sports and gastronomy, but vigilance still needed

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • The Austrian Government announced a significant further easing of a number of restrictions today.
  • From 1 July, contact and team sports will be permitted, both indoors and outdoors. Contact tracing would be an important element, for example through a list of participants, Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler told a televised briefing.
  • Also, from 1 July, outdoor events with up to 1,000 people will be allowed.
  • From 1 September, the limit will be raised to 5,000 indoors and 10,000 outdoors, with fixed seating. This applies to sporting and cultural events. Distancing measures will still apply and there will be voluntary tracking.
  • Cafes, bars and restaurants will be able to open from 0500 from 1 July, said Tourism Minister Elisabeth Koestinger. There will be no closing time for wedding and family parties held in such venues with fewer than 100 participants.
  • Waiting staff will no longer have to wear masks from 1 July, although they may if they wish.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said none of the previous nine easing phases had caused a serious increase in infections. He also said a comprehensive new testing programme would be rolled out from next week. Late autumn could be a difficult period, he said.
  • “The virus has not disappeared,” said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. “Even with the low infection rates in Austria we must continue to be vigilant.”
  • He also said, “Please don’t throw your mask away, you might still need it.”
  • Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen had to postpone a visit to Slovakia after Slovak President Zuzana Caputova put herself in home quarantine until Friday after a member of her team came into contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1530 today 17,370 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 37 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 16,282. The death toll stands at 693. There have been 578,584 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

LINKS TO ADDENDUM AND GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VIC RETURN:

The key points from the Addendum to General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 12 June VIC CMT update, available by scrolling down the page here

The full Addendum text is here

The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on COVID-19 page; scroll down to 14 May.

The full General Guidelines are available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures
  • Links to General Guidelines and Addendum on return to the VIC

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

The Vienna International Centre Crisis Management Team (VIC CMT) has carefully monitored and assessed each of the three phases so far in the gradual return of personnel to the VIC. Phase Three will conclude on Tuesday 30 June.

From Wednesday 1 July, the VIC will return to 100 percent staffing. Staff and personnel with specific concerns and questions in this regard should contact their Human Resources department.

Also, from 1 July, the maximum number of meeting participants will be increased to 250, with the same hygiene and mitigation measures in place as hitherto.

The hygiene measures for the whole VIC as outlined in the Guidelines and Addendum remain in place.

Until further notice, family members, retirees and private visitors will not have access to the VIC. Guided tours remain suspended until 1 October.

The top priority remains the health and safety of all at the VIC. The VIC CMT will continue to monitor developments in the VIC and in our Host Country.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg told reporters on Monday he hoped that by the end of June the European Union would have agreed common list of non-EU countries and criteria for lifting restrictions on travel to and from third countries, for example those in the Western Balkans.

It would be important to coordinate across the EU, particularly within the Schengen area because once a third country national enters a Schengen country they can travel further unhindered, Schallenberg noted during a visit to Slovenia.

The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 17,324 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 33 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 16,261. The death toll stands at 693. There have been 572,473 tests.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

LINKS TO ADDENDUM AND GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VIC RETURN:

The key points from the Addendum to General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 12 June VIC CMT update, available by scrolling down the page here

The full Addendum text is here

The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on COVID-19 page; scroll down to 14 May.

The full General Guidelines are available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – summer camps, congresses, airlines
  • Link to Addendum to the General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

The Austrian Government announced over the weekend that summer camps could take place during the school vacation in July and August. Special measures will be put in place so that groups do not exceed 20 young people, staff are trained and there is minimum contact between the groups. As in school, face masks and one-metre physical distancing will not be required.

“With these measures we are making it possible, despite the difficult situation, for children to have holiday fun again this summer and for many parents to catch their breath,” Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said in a press release.

A detailed guide is being prepared.

Here is a link to a searchable German-language site owned by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Family and Youth that lists hundreds of summer camps and activities.

Here are links to details in English on the City of Vienna’s Summer City Camps:https://www.wien.gv.at/english/education-research/summer-city-camps.html and https://www.ferieninwien.at/folder/Uebersichtstabelle_SummerCityCamp_Englisch.pdf

Under eased measures from today, congresses and exhibitions may be held in Austria, provided there is an approved plan.

As previously announced, from today in Austria face masks are compulsory only in public transport, at health services including pharmacies, for catering trade staff who are in contact with customers and for services where one metre distance cannot be maintained. Health Minister Anschober said there was greater emphasis on individual responsibility. Face masks can continue to be worn and are recommended where there large gatherings of people.

Please note the specific mask requirements at the VIC (see Addendum to the General Guidelines, link below).

Austrian Airlines began to operate flights again today, along with a number of other airlines. The details are available in German here

More general information in English here

The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 17,074 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 26 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 16,066. The death toll stands at 678. There have been 527,670 tests.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

LINK TO ADDENDUM ON GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VIC RETURN:

The key points from the Addendum to General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 12 June VIC CMT update, available by scrolling down the page here: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

The full Addendum text is here

The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on COVID-19 page; scroll down to 14 May.

The full General Guidelines are available here

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message on Phase 3 of the return to the Vienna International Centre
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – travel to and from many European countries possible from 16 June
  • Update on positive cases among VIC personnel

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

From Monday 15 June, we will begin the third phase of our gradual and cautious return to the Vienna International Centre (VIC). The top priority remains the health and well-being of all at the VIC.

For the third phase, which will run from Monday 15 June to Tuesday 30 June, the agreed limit is 80 per cent of VIC staff and other personnel, the composition of which will be determined by each VBO.

This continues to reflect the particular mission and operational needs of each Organization, including the possibility of unforeseen and exceptional circumstances. Under such circumstances, each VBO within its respective mandate continues to have flexibility to determine its staffing requirement throughout the period of gradual return.

Following the General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre, virtual meetings may continue to be used for professional interaction or, where appropriate, hybrid meetings.

KEY POINTS FROM THE ADDENDUM TO THE GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE RETURN TO THE VIENNA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE:

Access:

During Phase 3, from 15 to 30 June, access to the Vienna International Centre (VIC) is limited to a maximum of 80 per cent of an Organization’s staff and other personnel. In Phase 3, there continues to be no access for family members (except for access to the Childcare Centre), private visitors, retirees and the general public.

Face masks:

Face masks are required:

  • When entering and exiting all perimeter gates as well as in any contact with UNDSS Security Officers
  • At the Pharmacy and VIC Medical Service premises
  • Where one-metre physical distancing cannot be maintained

While no longer a requirement in most settings, anyone may continue to wear a face mask in the VIC, if they wish to do so.

Office space:

For shared offices, a one-metre physical distance must be maintained between personnel.

Workspaces in shared offices should be arranged so that personnel do not sit directly across from each other without a protective barrier.

Meetings and events:

Meetings up to a maximum of 100 people may be organized, provided the mitigation measures outlined in the Addendum to the General Guidelines are adhered to.

Events that involve gatherings of people – for example, cultural or other events in the Rotunda - will not be permitted until further notice.

The Addendum is available here: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

The key points from the overall General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on this page by scrolling down to the 14 May.

The General Guidelines are available here

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg told a televised briefing on Wednesday that entry restrictions into Austria would be lifted for many European countries from 16 June.
  • From that date, negative COVID-19 tests or 14 days of quarantine will no longer be needed for those entering Austria from all European Union, European Free Trade Association and European Economic Area countries, including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City.
  • This means those living in Austria can travel to those places and return without tests or quarantine, in other words summer holidays can be taken.
  • Schallenberg nonetheless again encouraged people to spend their vacation in Austria and said to those who do plan to travel abroad, “When you pack your bags don’t forget common sense.”
  • Entry requirements remain in place, for now, for Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the United Kingdom. Unrestricted travel to and from Spain is expected to be possible from 1 July. There is a travel advisory in place for Italy’s Lombardy region.
  • Entry remains closed to other third countries, including non-EU countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said conditions would be reviewed every two weeks.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 16,970 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 21 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 15,985. The death toll stands at 675. There have been 516,581 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

UPDATE ON POSITIVE CASES AMONG VIC PERSONNEL:

The VIC Medical Service says the total of confirmed and reported COVID-19 cases among VIC personnel is 12. All have recovered. To date, there have been seven cases at the IAEA, including one contractor, three at UNOV/UNODC, and most recently one each at UNIDO and CTBTO.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message on DHL service
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – unrestricted travel to Austria’s neighbours (except Italy) from 15 June, Government urges people not to take holidays abroad.

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

DHL office at the Vienna International Centre (VIC):

The DHL office for private shipments in the VIC (F-1) reopened on Tuesday 2 June. It is operating normal opening hours: Monday to Friday from 13:00 to 15:00.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg told a televised briefing today that COVID-19-related border checks would be removed for those entering from neighbouring countries, minus Italy, from tomorrow. Those living in Austria could travel to all neighbouring countries except Italy from tomorrow, although some neighbouring countries may still have their own restrictions in place until mid-June.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told the same briefing a partial opening to and from Italy could be possible in mid-June, if conditions allow.
  • The Foreign Ministry recommendation to avoid unnecessary foreign travel remains in place. Full travel freedom, including to other countries in Europe and around the world, was not likely to be restored for several months.
  • “From a global perspective, we are still in the middle of the pandemic,” said Schallenberg.
  • Both ministers said the Government continues to recommend that those in Austria take their summer holiday in Austria.
  • “The corona virus is not on vacation,” Anschober said.
  • Those who nonetheless do decide to travel abroad needed to use common sense and take responsibility for thorough planning, including understanding the measures in place at the destination and considering how to return home if conditions deteriorate.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 16,700 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 16 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 15,672. The death toll stands at 670. There have been 462,958 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message on catering
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – easing of some restrictions at schools from 3 June

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Catering services at the VIC

To reduce congestion in the catering areas/waiting lines, and based on the recommendation of the Infrastructure Committee, Buildings Management Services are pleased to inform you that additional vending machines with fresh food (sandwiches; see below) will be available at the VIC according to this schedule and at the following locations:

Phase 1

Location 1: F0E (outside of the Cafeteria)

Starting: as of 9 June 2020

Phase 2

Location 2: D0E/E0E (Ground Level)

Location 3: A0E/B0E (Ground Level)

Starting: as of 29 June 2020

The prices and assortment of products are listed below:

Type Size Price
Zwei wraps "Backhuhn" 263g Euro 4,40
Zwei wraps "Mozzarella and Tomate" 260g Euro 4,40
Zwei wraps "Schinken and Kase" 250g Euro 4,40
Tramezzini "Salami" 175g Euro 3,90
Tramezzini "Schinken Ei" 208g Euro 3,90
Tomate "Mozzarella Weckerl" 170g Euro 3,90
Avocado "Schinken Weckerl" 205g Euro 3,90
Roast Beef Sandwich 205g Euro 3,90

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Education Minister Heinz Fassmann told a televised briefing on Saturday that from Wednesday 3 June school students would no longer be required to wear face masks at school. But students may continue do so if they wish.
  • Other COVID-19 measures remain in place, such as physical distancing and a shift system to reduce class sizes.
  • Fassmann said schools would be able to offer sports lessons from 3 June. These would not be compulsory and would not be part of the main timetable. Schools should decide by 15 June whether they can offer sports lessons.
  • Group singing at school is allowed from 3 June.
  • Schools will be able to organize graduation or school-leaving events in line with Health Ministry regulations on the size of such gatherings – 100 people indoors up to 30 June, 250 indoors or 500 outdoors from 1 July.
  • Summer camps and other activities for children will be possible during the school holidays, with smaller groups and hygiene and distancing measures.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 16,643 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were five new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 15,596. The death toll stands at 668. There have been 452,820 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Messages from the main Vienna-based UN organizations on Commissary and catering
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – from 15 June eased measures on face masks, extended gastronomy opening hours

MESSAGES FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Commissary

Please be informed that the Commissary will reopen on 1 June 2020 with opening hours Monday to Friday 12:00-18:30.

In line with existing restrictions on access to the Vienna International Centre (VIC) and to enable an orderly and gradual return to normal operations, while conforming to the General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre approved by the Heads of the VIC-based Organizations and guidelines from VIC Medical Service and the Austrian authorities, a number of temporary measures will apply during this period of gradual return until at least 30 June.

  • Only principal card holders will be able to access the Commissary; family members and dependents will not have access.
  • To avoid crowding during peak periods and extended waiting times, a simple online registration system has been put in place. Principal cardholders can register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/vic-commissary for a date and timeslot. They will receive an automatically generated confirmation of their registration via email that must be shown (electronically or as a printout) to the staff managing the Commissary entrances.
  • Visits to the Commissary are limited to one hour per week.
  • Customers will be expected to wear a face mask as well as to maintain a distance of at least one metre from other customers. Discs will be distributed to customers to ensure that the maximum number of persons in the Commissary at any given time is adhered to.
  • Staff should refrain from accessing the VIC solely to visit the Commissary and should avoid using the parking spaces in front of the Commissary to limit the risk of congestion. Staff with monthly parking permits in the VIC are advised to use the other parking lots.
  • These temporary measures seek to ensure the safety and welfare of all customers and staff.

Catering services at the VIC

  • We are proceeding to Phase 2 of the return to the VIC. It is anticipated the number of colleagues returning to the VIC will increase. This is to inform you of the catering services that will be available, Monday to Friday except holidays:

Continuing from Phase 1

7.30 am to 3.30 pm: The Coffee Corner inside the Cafeteria will be open to offer coffee/tea, a selection of Danish pastries, yoghurts, muesli and fruit salad cups. In addition, pre-packed house salads and sandwiches will be ready for takeaways.

New in Phase 2

  • 11.30 am to 2.30 pm: Additional warm food stations to open in the cafeteria.
  • 8:00 to 10:00 am, from 2 June: The breakfast corner in the cafeteria will open to serve basic scrambled egg dishes.
  • 12:00 to 3.00 pm: The Cocktail Lounge as you exit from the restaurant area will reopen during the lunch hours to provide premium coffee and sweet delights. Only standing tables will be available to allow for social distancing.
  • 11.30 am to 2.30 pm: A pilot Pizza Delivery service will be tested. For a minimum order value of EUR10 (or 2 Pizzas), Pizzas can be delivered to your office. Look out for the menu choices to be advertised in the Cafeteria or on the EUREST website. Allow for an hour from placing your order via email at cateringVIC@eurest.at.

For those of you who are coming into the VIC during Phase 2, we take this opportunity to stress important norms that have been established:

Masks

Are required in the food serving areas and wherever, one cannot observe the minimum social distancing measure of 1 meter.

Cashless System

Regular patrons are requested to acquire a EUREST card available in machines on your left as you enter the cafeteria and to use the cashless system. The transaction process is accelerated and more hygienic.

Staggered Entry into the Cafeteria

In anticipation of the gradual increase in the number of patrons, some waiting times should be anticipated. In order to alleviate this to a certain extent, the following staggered approach to entering the cafeteria is recommended.

Time window 11.30am-12.00pm 12.00-12.30pm 12.30-1.00pm 1.00-1.30pm 1.30-2.00pm 2.00-2.30pm
last name as per VIC ID card A,B,C,D,E F,G,H,I,J K,L,M,N,O P,Q,R,S,T U,V,W,X,Y,Z Available to all

Entry and Exit

<[>The cafeteria has been remodelled to ensure social distancing and a fast-moving unidirectional flow of customers. Patrons will enter as usual from front door and will exit at the restaurant and bar area. Access to the cocktail coffee lounge during the lunch hour shall also be through the cafeteria.

Monitoring

We will continue to monitor the rate of flow, social distancing measures and other variables and to make adjustments as necessary.

Colleagues are also encouraged to avail of the kitchen facilities available on your floors to warm food brought from home or from the grocery stores. Other options such as going outside the immediate area of the VIC are also there for your consideration.

As we all go through this special experience, we thank you in advance for your continuing patience, understanding and cooperation. Thank you.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a televised briefing on Friday that from 15 June face masks would be mandatory in only the following cases:

  • Public transport
  • Health sector, including pharmacies
  • Services where the required one-metre distancing is not possible, such as hairdressers
  • Staff in contact with customers in restaurants, bars and cafes

However, Kurz said: “In my introduction I said individual responsibility would be more important. Of course, we strongly recommend people continue to wear face masks wherever people gather, where people are close together and where the minimum distance from strangers cannot be maintained.”

He emphasised that the virus was not eliminated and without continued care cases could increase as rapidly as they have fallen recently. He said restrictions could be reintroduced or tightened regionally and if necessary, nationally.

Basic guidelines remained in place on hygiene, no handshakes, one-metre minimum distance and face masks where required or recommended.

Kurz said the Education Minister would give details on Saturday on updated measures at schools, where face masks will also no longer be necessary from 15 June.

Kurz said from 15 June, restaurants, bars and cafes would be able to remain open until 0100 instead of 2300. There would be no restrictions on the number of people who could sit together as a group; this would be for the owners and the guests to determine. But the one-metre distance between unconnected groups must be maintained. Customers will not have to wear masks.

There are no concrete plans yet on reopening night clubs.

Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said there had been no negative consequences from the measures eased so far.

Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said during the pandemic there had been spitting attacks on police and many speeding offences that caused serious accidents in some cases.

The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 16,575 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 22 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 15,347. The death toll stands at 668. There have been 434,302 tests.

The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations on next phase of return to Vienna International Centre
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Government to announce simplified measure on Friday; update on cases involving some Vienna schools; restrictions on entering Austria extended until 15 June but new rules to be drawn up; Austrian Airlines to resume some flights; cinemas and swimming pools to reopen

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

From Monday 1 June, we will begin the second phase of our gradual and cautious return to the Vienna International Centre (VIC), with the health and well-being of all at the VIC remaining the top priority.

The first phase began on Friday 15 May and has proceeded smoothly well within the agreed 20 percent.

For the second phase, which will run from Monday 1 June to Friday 12 June, the agreed figure is 50 percent of VIC staff and other personnel, the composition of which will be determined by each VBO.

As in the first phase, this bears in mind the particular mission and operational needs of each Organization, including the possibility of unforeseen and exceptional circumstances. Under such circumstances, each VBO within its respective mandate continues to have flexibility to determine its staffing requirement throughout the period of gradual return.

Those who are not required to return in this second phase will continue to work remotely.

The key points from the General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre are in the 14 May VIC CMT update, available on this page by scrolling down to the 14 May.

The full plan is available here

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told reporters on Wednesday the Government would announce simplified measures on Friday with the focus on individual responsibility.
  • He said there would be fewer rules and as much common sense as possible.
  • “As long as there is no vaccination or medication, this illness will be with us. It is not gone. It has not been eliminated. It remains a reality,” he said.
  • The Health Ministry said on Wednesday the existing restrictions on entry to Austria would be extended until 15 June. The Government will work next week on the measures to be put in place after 15 June.
  • Austrian Airlines (AUA) announced today it would resume flights, mostly to European destinations, from 15 June. More information in AUA’s English-language press release here

  • At a Health Ministry briefing today, Minister Rudolf Anstober and experts evaluated how the pandemic unfolded in Austria. Niki Popper, a simulation expert at Vienna’s University of Technology (TU Wien) said if the lockdown had started a week later than it did there would have been about 40,000 active cases at the top of the curve rather than 10,000. At the peak, people in Austria reduced their social contacts by some 90 percent, Popper said. This was a decisive factor.
  • The American International School and the Lycée advised parents that those students and families who had been self-isolating no longer needed to do so because those students concerned had tested negative.
  • Updated Austrian Government regulations mean that cinemas can reopen from 29 May rather than on 1 July as previously announced. However, many cinemas will not actually be ready to start on 29 May. Check cinema websites.
  • Fitness centres can also reopen from 29 May, but details on how they will operate are not yet fully clear. Check with your gym for the latest information.
  • Vienna’s swimming pools will reopen from 29 May, with strict rules in place that mean just one third of the usual maximum number of visitors at each pool will be allowed. This website (so far only in German) will show which pools are at capacity. It will be possible to book slots online . The same information is available, again in German, on the Stadt Wien Live app.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 16,544 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 37 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 15,286. The death toll stands at 668. There have been 427,372 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Overall COVID-19 measures may be simplified, with regional element; new details on eased measures for culture, sports and swimming pools; suspected cases involving some Vienna schools

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober and the newly appointed State Secretary for Culture, Andrea Mayer, outlined on Monday some details on the planned steps for reopening the cultural sector, recreation and swimming pools.
  • From Friday 29 May, indoor cultural events with audience seating can be held for up to 100 people with one-meter distancing, Anschober said in a televised briefing.
  • As already announced, from 1 July indoor cultural events can be held for up to 250 people and from 1 August for 500, or 1,000 with an agreed robust health and safety plan.
  • Mayer said where the seating did not allow one-meter distancing then every other seat should be used chessboard style in the auditorium, and masks should be worn. Four adults, or people from the same household, can sit together.
  • Anschober said updated official regulations would be published soon, with details on cultural events, sports and swimming pools. This would also cover how many people can attend outdoor events.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s office said on Tuesday the government was to look into simplifying and reducing the number of COVID-19 measures. Provincial governors have been asked to provide input on how measures could be regionalised, with the emphasis on giving regions the power to reintroduce tougher measures if needed rather than the power to relax measures unilaterally.
  • Kurz’s office quoted him as saying, “There needs to be a greater focus on personal responsibility and common sense.”
  • In a briefing on Monday, Kurz and cabinet ministers outlined a one-billion-euro COVID-19 financial response package to towns and local authorities to help create jobs and foster a greener economy.
  • There have been several suspected COVID-19 cases related to a number of Vienna schools, both Austrian and international, including the American International School, Vienna International School and the Lycée. In some instances, classes and their parents are self-isolating until tests come back on those concerned. The City of Vienna’s education department said there had been several suspected cases reported at municipal schools, but a number had been false alarms.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1530 today 16,497 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 23 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 15,182. The death toll stands at 643. There have been 411,185 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures
  • Message from UN Security and Safety Service
  • Message from VIC Medical Service
  • UN system-wide initiative to counter misinformation

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

We are coming to the end of the first full working week in our gradual return to the Vienna International Centre (VIC).

Colleagues - from Security, Buildings Management, General Services, Medical Service, cleaners and others – and the Infrastructure Committee made the start of the gradual return possible and have been indispensable during these past six working days.

Those who already returned will know life and work at the VIC look and feel different, while our collective mission remains the same wherever we are working.

In this gradual return to the VIC, your health and well-being remain the top priority. Follow the guidelines to help keep everyone safe. We draw your attention to the messages below from the UN Security and Safety Service and the VIC Medical Service.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a televised briefing on Thursday the Austrian Government would introduce regular COVID-19 tests for as many people as possible working in the hotel and accommodation sector, which is due to reopen from 29 May.
  • The aim is to expand testing up to 65,000 tests a week by the beginning of July. Kurz said the federal government would pay for the tests in the sector, which is a key part of Austria’s economically crucial tourist industry.
  • In a COVID-19-related move, the Government announced on Friday it would invest 300 million euros in modernising and expanding public transport infrastructure and a further 250 million euros on railway stations. One aim is to make it easier for people to commute and to reach Austrian holiday destinations by public transport.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1900 today 16,393 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 25 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 15,005. The death toll stands at 635. There have been 390,488 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

MESSAGE FROM UN SECURITY AND SAFETY SERVICE VIENNA (UNSSS):

UNSSS Vienna would like to thank returning VIC personnel for their cooperation and to remind everyone to protect themselves and others in line with the VIC CMT Guidelines.

It is vital that personnel adhere to all mandatory measures such as physical distancing and wearing protective face masks in the VIC premises, while exiting and entering all gates, in all security areas and in personal interactions with UN Security.

Please note personnel must bring a mask and wear it to enter the VIC through any of the gates. Those without masks cannot be admitted. Masks are not available at the gates but are readily available in shops and online.

Here is a link to the Guidelines:

MESSAGE FROM VIC MEDICAL SERVICE:

With the gradual return of staff and personnel to the VIC, Medical Services will continue to offer its in-person services to staff at F07. Please be informed that to ensure the wellbeing and safety of staff:

  • Services will be by appointment only, except emergencies.
  • To make an appointment please send an email to Medical-Admin.Contact-Point@iaea.org or call: +43 1 2600-22223
  • This applies also to the Tick vaccination campaign, which will continue every day from 14.00 to 16.00 until 30 June. For more information on the procedure please see the Tick Vaccination Registration Form and Reminders which have been made available to VBOs.
  • While waiting at Medical Services, staff will need to keep a safe distance of at least one meter from each other and wear a mask covering the face and nose.

UN SYSTEM-WIDE INITIATIVE TO FIGHT COVID-19 MISINFORMATION:

UN Secretary-General launches Verified initiative, calls for volunteers:

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/05/1064622

Verified website, where volunteers can sign up:https://www.shareverified.com/en

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations- Latest Austrian developments and measures
  • Message from UN Security and Safety Service
  • Message on catering and commercial services
  • MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

    On this first day of our gradual return to the Vienna International Centre (VIC), the VIC Crisis Management Team thanks all personnel for your cooperation, whether you are working in the VIC or remotely today.

    Many colleagues – Security, Buildings Management, General Services, Medical Service, cleaners and others – and the Infrastructure Committee have worked hard behind the scenes to prepare for today, when the IAEA began to return, and for Monday when other VBOs start.

    Our return will be cautious, gradual, flexible and pragmatic, and it reflects the diversity of work and operational needs among the VBOs.

    This is the beginning of a return to the VIC but not a return to the way the VIC was before COVID-19. Yet it is clear all personnel will respond as you have throughout this pandemic, with professionalism, flexibility and patience. In this gradual return to the VIC, your health and well-being remain the top priority. Follow the guidelines to help keep everyone safe.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

    • Austrian restaurants, bars and cafes can reopen from today (0600-2300), with measures in place for physical distancing. While bookings are not required, they are recommended.
    • Religious services are also allowed, again with physical distancing measures.
    • The Austrian Government said cultural events would gradually begin to be allowed from 29 May, provided the one-metre physical distancing is guaranteed.
    • From 29 May, indoor or outdoor cultural events with up to 100 participants will be allowed.
    • From 1 July, such events with up to 250 participants can take place. Cinemas will also reopen with the same limitation.
    • From 1 August, such events with up to 500 people would be allowed. Events up to 1,000 may subsequently be allowed if there is a clear health and safety plan.
    • Progress will be monitored every two weeks and measures adjusted if necessary.
    • Full details will be announced on Monday 25 May.
    • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1530 today 16,093 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. There were 33 new cases registered yesterday. The number of people who have recovered is 14,471. The death toll stands at 628. There have been 351,351 tests.
    • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

    MESSAGE FROM UN SECURITY AND SAFETY SERVICE VIENNA (UNSSS):

    UNSSS Vienna would like to share with you some updated information and highlight several aspects of our services and operations.

    Please see below selected arrangements for Phase One (15-29 May 2020), in line with the VIC CMT Guidelines on Return to the Vienna International Centre

    UNSSS Vienna Pass Office

    • As of Friday, 15 May 2020, UNSSS Pass Office will be open workdays Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 16:00 hours.
    • The Pass Office is open only to staff who are allowed in the VIC as part of Phase One or staff who have made an appointment related to legitimization cards.
    • Photographic services for duty travel and legitimation cards will not be available during Phase One.

    Bicycle access to the VIC premises

    • As of Friday, 15 May 2020, Gate 3 can be used for bicycle access during this period, both for outgoing and incoming traffic, between 7:00 and 19:30 hours.
    • Cyclists are required to follow the markings on the pavement (walkways/side roads) clearly marked by BMS, leading from Gate 3 towards PD1-3 level.
    • Two possibilities to park your bicycles at PD1-3 level have been established by SSS Vienna and BMS - one located at the stairs towards “D and E” building on PD1-3 level and one located at the stairs towards “B and A” building on PD1-3 level.
    • Please obey the host country traffic law in the VIC while riding your bicycle.

    Screening procedures at Gate 1

    • As of Friday, 15 May 2020, for those access categories (interns, consultants, affiliates) who require screening for entry to the VIC premises and are on the VBOs’ lists, Gate 1 Visitors Entrance will be open on workdays, Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 19:00 hours. As a polite reminder to protect yourself and others and in line with the CMT Guidelines, please adhere to all mandatory measures such as physical distancing and wearing protective face masks in the VIC premises, while exiting and entering all gates, in all security areas and in personal interactions with UN Security. Any changes will be communicated.

    MESSAGE ON CATERING AND COMMERCIAL SERVICES:

    A. Catering Services

    Opening Hours Daily – Monday to Friday except holidays

    • From 7.30 am to 3.30 pm, the coffee corner inside the cafeteria will be open to offer coffee/tea, a selection of Danish pastries as well yoghurts, muesli and fruit salad cups.
    • In addition, two different types of pre-packed house salads and sandwiches will be ready for takeaways.

    From Monday 18 May to Friday 29 May

    • In addition to takeaways at the cafeteria coffee corner, the grill corner will offer various services on different days and an additional warm dish will be available.
    • There will be close monitoring of the situation on a daily basis and adjustments in the number and types of menus will be based on lessons learned. Depending on the demand, the number of food stations can be increased.

    Staggered Entry into the Cafeteria

    During Phase 1, in anticipation of the gradual increase in the number of patrons, some waiting times should be anticipated. The following staggered approach to entering the cafeteria is recommended:

    Time window 11.30am-12.00pm 12.00-12.30pm 12.30-1.00pm 1.00-1.30pm 1.30-2.00pm 2.00-2.30pm
    last name as per VIC ID card A,B,C,D,E F,G,H,I,J K,L,M,N,O P,Q,R,S,T U,V,W,X,Y,Z Available to all

    The flow into the cafeteria will be monitored and the above schedule can be amended to reflect the actual experiences learned.

    Entry and Exit

    The cafeteria has been remodeled to ensure physical distancing and a fast-moving unidirectional flow of customers. Patrons will enter as usual from the front door and will exit through the restaurant and bar area.

    Face Masks

    Are required in the food serving areas and wherever one cannot observe the minimum physical distance of at least one meter.

    Monitoring

    EUREST, with the help of UNIDO, will monitor the entries into the cafeteria to assess the rate of flow and physical distancing measures.

    Common Kitchens and other Alternatives

    Colleagues are encouraged to use the kitchen facilities available on every floor to heat food brought from home or local grocery stores. Alternatives for dining outside the VIC should also be considered.

    Commercial Services

    The following opening schedules are provided for your information:

    Bank Austria Opens Monday, 18 May
    Cafeteria Opened Friday, 15 May (Monday-Friday 07.30-15.30)
    Child Care Centre Opened Friday, 15 May
    Commissary Closed
    Dry Cleaning Opened Friday, 15 May
    Pharmacy Opened Friday, 15 May
    Morawa/Rotunda Newspaper Stand Opens Monday, 18 May
    Austrian Post Opens Monday, 18 May
    Bundy & Bundy Hairdressing Salon Opened Friday, 15 May
    AX Travel Office remains closed (support for official travel will continue to be provided remotely; AX Travel leisure office will be closed until further notice)
    UNFCU Opened Friday, 15 May
    Vienna Service Office Opens Monday, 25 May

    NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

    • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
    • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
    • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
    • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Message from the Executive Heads of the four main Vienna-based UN organizations
  • Key points from the General Guidelines for the Return to the Vienna International Centre (the Guidelines will be available on the VIC COVID-19 website; see link to site below)

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEADS OF THE FOUR MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS:

Dear Colleagues

From Friday 15 May, we will begin our announced phased return to the Vienna International Centre (VIC), a long-awaited move that will be gradual and cautious, with the health and well-being of all at the VIC remaining the top priority. Since Monday 16 March, the vast majority of you have worked remotely. Others have secured and maintained the VIC. Many of you have juggled your work with home-schooling for your children. Many have faced other challenges. Yet throughout not only have we maintained normal operations we have added new tasks to help people cope with the emergency.

Allow us again to express appreciation for your efforts in these difficult times. We offer condolences to those of you from our global community who have lost loved ones or suffered in other ways in this human crisis. We know this remains an anxious, unpredictable time and understand that some of you may have concerns about returning to the VIC.

As you know, our Host Country has begun to ease restrictions on movement and the economy, while emphasizing the need for caution because, while the figures are encouraging, the pandemic is far from over.

Throughout, we have coordinated with the Austrian authorities and adhered to their regulations and guidelines. This means we too can begin a gradual return to the VIC, starting with limited numbers and building up as conditions and medical advice allow. Many of you will continue to work remotely for the time being. Stringent measures have been put in place at the VIC, and are detailed elsewhere in this update, to keep everyone as safe as possible. The full plan we have approved will be available to you online.

Each organization has its own particular mission and operational needs, including as we return. Yet we remain united by the determination to work together to support each other, help Member States overcome this crisis and build back better, using the Sustainable Development Goals as our blueprint for action across the world.

We salute you for your commitment and flexibility during these challenging times. We look to all of you, wherever you will be working, to continue in that same collegial, innovative and productive spirit as we embark on a new way of operating in familiar surroundings. Thank you.

With gratitude,

Ghada Waly, Designated Official for Austria, Director-General/Executive Director, United Nations Office at Vienna/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency

LI Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

KEY POINTS FROM THE GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE RETURN TO THE VIENNA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE:

Access:

The number of staff and other personnel allowed and measures for each phase is based on the following constraints:

  1. Host Country guidelines;
  2. medical data in the context of occupational health and safety;
  3. the practice of social distancing;
  4. physical and logistical capacity of the VIC (which will be impacted by social distancing).

It also contemplates different operational needs and requirements to include space, circulation and support services, needed to support the work of staff and other personnel in VIC premises during each phase. This does not prejudge or impinge on the prerogative of each VBO to determine which staff and other personnel will enter the VIC during each phase. The remaining staff and other personnel are expected to continue telecommuting. Under unforeseen and exceptional circumstances, each VBO within its respective mandate continues to have flexibility to determine its staffing requirement throughout the period of gradual return.

Phase 1 is from Friday 15 May to Friday 29 May. In this period, staff will begin the gradual return to the VIC up to 20 percent, bearing in mind operational needs and when there are no unforeseen and exceptional circumstances as referred to above. Phase 2 will run from 1 to 12 June and Phase 3 from 15 to 30 June. Conditions will be monitored throughout, and feedback provided.

Each Vienna-based Organization (VBO) will determine which staff and other personnel will enter during each phase, based on operational needs. Remaining VIC personnel will continue to work remotely.

Staggered arrival and departure times and other arrangements to ease congestion will be addressed by each VBO, in consultation with the UN Security and Safety Service.

Family or designated caregivers will be able to bring children to and collect them from the Child Care Centre. Access procedures will be arranged directly between the Child Care Centre and UNSSS. Official visitors will be granted access through the established channels and for essential official business purposes.

Staff or other personnel with general concerns about returning should contact their VBO’s Human Resources department.

Staff or other personnel who are asked to return in Phase One but do not feel able to do so should contact their supervisors or Human Resources department.

Conduct entering, exiting and inside the VIC:

Individuals should avoid close contact with others and keep a distance of at least one metre. Floor and other markings are indicative to help those in the VIC to gauge distance.

Face masks must be worn entering or leaving the VIC and in public areas. (See separate section)

Hand hygiene remains crucial.

Avoid shaking hands and touching your face.

Individuals are advised to limit the touching of door knobs.

Stay home when sick with fever and/or respiratory symptoms. Seek remote guidance from VIC Medical Service if unsure.

A maximum of four people will be allowed in each elevator. Queues are anticipated. Use stairs where practicable. (See separate section)

Most hallways are wide enough to maintain one-metre distance in both directions. Narrower hallways will be marked for flow in one direction. Stairwells are mostly wide enough to maintain distance while passing. In narrower stairwells, staff should pass quickly and without touching.

The changing rooms and showers on F09 will be available but no indoor sports or VICREC sponsored activities are possible until further notice.

Those using the designated smoking areas must keep the required physical distance.

Meetings:

Virtual meetings are encouraged as the main form of professional interaction during the gradual return to the VIC.

In-person meetings should not last longer than 30 minutes and the number of participants ideally should not exceed 10.

Meetings may exceed 10 participants only if absolutely necessary, and this should be decided by the Executive Head of the VBO organizing the meeting. Meeting participants should wear face masks and maintain a distance of at least one metre.

Services:

Cafeteria will be open, with restrictions. (See separate section)

The restaurant and bar remain closed until further notice.

All commercial services will operate, including the banks, post office, Morawa and pharmacy.

The Commissary will remain closed in Phase One.

Face masks:

In line with our Host Country, all those inside the VIC compound must wear face masks in public and semi-public spaces. Face masks must be worn in shared offices if the one-metre distance cannot be adhered to. Individuals are advised to have their own masks. Homemade cloth masks are adequate. Masks can be bought in the VIC pharmacy. A limited number of washable, re-usable face masks will be distributed to each staff member. VBOs will provide details. Face masks must be worn when interacting with security officers anywhere in the VIC. The VIC Medical Service will handle distribution of face masks to security personnel, medical personnel, drivers and retail workers.

Cafeteria:

The Cafeteria will be open from 7:30h – 15:30h Monday through Friday (except UN holidays). From 11:30h – 14:30h, there will be a staggered flow into the Cafeteria every 30 minutes. The maximum seating capacity at any point in time in the Cafeteria will be reduced to 300. The maximum number of patrons at any point in time will be reduced to 30 in the food serving area. The outside areas will be opened when the weather is warmer, to increase the seating capacity.

Entry to the Cafeteria will be as usual through the front doors and exit through the restaurant/bar area.

All staff and other personnel entering the food serving areas in the Cafeteria must wear face masks. EUREST staff will also wear face masks.

All menus prepared in the Cafeteria are also offered as ‘take-away’. When the VIC opens for more staff, the coffee corners will also open for take-away menus. EUREST is working on a solution for pre-ordering take-aways.

Staff and other personnel are required to use EUREST cards for purchases. Those without cards can obtain them at the Cafeteria.

Gates:

The following VIC gate opening hours will be in effect as of 15 May 2020:

  • Gate 1: Staff entrance: 00:00h – 24:00h
  • Screening Area: 07:00h – 19:00h
  • Gate 2: Due to construction work on Wagramer Strasse, Gate 2 will be temporarily closed until end of June 2020.
  • Gate 3: Monday to Friday (excluding UN holidays): 07:00h – 19:30h. During the construction period above, staff on bicycles and pedestrians not requiring screening will be able to enter and exit via Gate 3.
  • Gate 4: 00:00h – 24:00h
  • Gate 5: Monday to Friday (excluding UN holidays): 06:00h – 12:00h

Elevators:

Staff and other personnel are encouraged to consider staggering arrival and departure times because of anticipated queues; management at each VBO will address this. Remember One Up – Two Down use of stairs and consider using the stairs more frequently. The following freight elevators will be made available for personnel transport:

  • A9 at A ST1
  • C3 close to D Building
  • D8 at DST5
  • G5 at GST6

The other freight elevators are not open for general use.

No access to the VIC for the following until further notice:

  • External participants and experts related to non-essential meetings and events.
  • Family members (except as outlined above), children not attending the Child Care Centre and private visitors.
  • Retirees.
  • General public; UN Information Service (UNIS) Visitors Service guided tours and lecture programmes remain suspended until further notice.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Infection figures low but not time to relax guard; study shows likely unrecorded positive cases in Austria declined; Vienna public transport to start returning to normal schedule- UN Security and Safety Service information
  • Social media video on VIC personnel working remotely
  • LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES:

    • The daily number of new infections is stable and in low double digits, but Austria is still far from its goal, Health Minister Rudolf Anstober said on Tuesday.
    • In a televised briefing, he said face masks, hand hygiene and distancing remained crucial, with the additional measure of rapid testing and contact tracing with each new case.
    • Anstober said it would take 10-12 days to determine the impact of the 1 May easing of measures. May would be a decisive month, he added.
    • Education Minister Heinz Fassmann told a televised news conference on Monday a second study to estimate unrecorded COVID-19 cases in Austria showed a marked decline from the first study covering early April.
    • Fassmann, who is also responsible for science and research, said the 21-24 April tests were on a representative group over the age of 16. Test results from 1,432 of those people were analysed and there was one positive case. Extrapolated to the Austrian population, this suggested a maximum of 10,823 cases beyond those taken to hospital. This is equivalent to 0.15 percent of the population compared with 0.33 percent in the first study covering 1-6 April.
    • We’re seeing a significant drop, and that’s reassuring,” Fassmann said.
    • President Alexander Van der Bellen gave a televised and online address on Sunday evening to “Austrians and all those who live in Austria”.
    • He said Austria had spent seven weeks trying to control the virus with everything it had. “The medicine we are swallowing is bitter: isolation, restriction of personal rights, the extensive shutdown of our cultural life and our economy. And although we have to remain very careful, we can still be cautiously optimistic, because the medicine is working.”
    • The number of unemployed in Austria rose 58 percent in April compared with the same period last year to reach a record of 571,477 people, official figures showed.
    • Vienna’s Wiener Linien public transport network announced it would start to return to its normal timetable from Monday 11 May. Subway trains will operate the normal schedule from that date, with the exception of the weekend overnight service. Trams and buses will return to normal service from Monday 18 May, as many children return to school. Face masks will remain compulsory on public transport. More details on suburban VOR trains will be made available as they are announced.
    • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1530 today 15,579 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The daily increase yesterday was 21 cases. The number of people who have recovered is 13,462. The death toll stands at 606. There have been 285,883 tests.
    • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

    INFORMATION FROM UN SECURITY AND SAFETY SERVICE (UNSSS):

    To support the ramp-up for the gradual reopening of the VIC, UNSSS will start on Monday, 11 May, to receive regular deliveries from Monday to Friday 0600 – 0800 and 1000 – 1200 at Gate 5. This will be an almost full return to normal for deliveries to the VIC. Until further notice this does not apply to postal deliveries for VIC personnel, who should continue to have packages sent to their home addresses. Please note Gate 5 is only for deliveries. Staff arriving by private vehicle should continue to use Gate 4.

    SHORT SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO ON UN VIENNA FAMILY WORKING REMOTELY

    NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

    • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
    • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
    • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
    • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian Chancellor announces three-point plan for economic recovery; encourages continued telecommuting

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a televised news conference the Government had agreed a three-point plan for the country’s economic recovery and to create jobs.
  • The three goals are tax relief for working people, relief for the economic sector to keep and create jobs and investment in climate and environmental protection, digitalisation and regionalisation. The Government will consult many parts of society over the next 10 days to flesh out the plan, which would then be finalized and presented to the public.
  • Kurz encouraged and requested the private sector to do as the public sector intended; to continue telecommuting where it works and makes sense. “Where telecommuting works it is of course still helpful,” he said.
  • Kurz said the mathematics behind telecommuting had not changed; the more people were working together in offices or travelling on public transport, the greater the risk of infection.
  • Future VIC CMT updates will provide more details on various announced measures as they become known.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1530 today 15,352 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 12,779. The death toll stands at 580. There have been 247,754 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian Government announces movement restrictions to be lifted from 1 May; emphasis on personal responsibility to help avoid a second wave of infections

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • The Austrian Government announced today that restrictions on movement in place since 16 March would be lifted from midnight on 30 April.
  • Since 16 March, all those living in Austria have been instructed to stay at home except to go to essential work, shop, help others or exercise.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told a televised briefing people would be able to move more freely from 1 May, although a minimum distance of one metre must be kept from those not living in your household. He described the change as “significantly more open”.
  • The new measure will be in place until the end of June and will be regularly reviewed based on COVID-19 data.
  • In recent days, the reproduction rate – the number of people potentially infected by a person with the virus – has been below one and stands at 0.59. This, and a daily infection rate consistently below 100 new cases since 16 April, had allowed the Government to decide to end the movement restrictions.
  • Anschober said Austria was on a good path but the pandemic was far from over, and the key in easing measures was to avoid a second wave of infections. It was vital not to become overconfident. He said the international picture remained serious.
  • Greater freedom of movement meant greater individual responsibility, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said. “Not everything that is allowed is a good idea,” he added.
  • Face masks would remain an important part of the strategy, for example inside tourist attractions. Likewise, hand hygiene remained crucial.
  • On public transport, as more people move around, it would be admissible not to observe the one-metre rule if that was unavoidable.
  • Nehammer said gatherings of up to 10 people would be allowed, with social distancing. Up to 30 people would be able to attend funerals.
  • Rules on demonstrations would be covered by separate, amended legislation.
  • Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig told reporters playgrounds in the city would be open again from next week.
  • Swimming pools across Austria will be allowed to open from 29 May, but with restrictions on numbers to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
  • Hotels and other places offering accommodation would be able to reopen from 29 May, Tourism Minister Elisabeth Koestinger said.
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars would reopen on 15 May, as already announced. No more than four adults and their children will be allowed at one table. The one-metre rule applies inside the establishments but not at the actual tables. Waiting staff will wear masks but not kitchen staff or customers. Reservations will be needed, but group bookings will not be allowed. Ordering at the bar will not be possible.
  • Future VIC CMT updates will provide more details on various announced measures as they become known.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 15,286 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 12,580. The death toll stands at 569. There have been 239,578 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

VIENNA SERVICE OFFICE

Ordinarily the City of Vienna operates its Vienna Service Office in the VIC. The Office is still operating remotely and can be reached by email.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Important message from the Executive Heads of the four main Vienna-based UN organizations
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Return to school from 15 May for students aged six to 14 in shifts; older students from 29 May; details on religious services.

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE HEADS OF MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

Dear Colleagues

Almost all of you - 5,000 personnel based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) - have been working remotely for nearly six weeks now and those at the VIC have kept the building safe and operational. We are grateful for and proud of your patient efforts, which have contributed to our Host Country’s successful efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve. Your work from home or elsewhere has also allowed VBO operations to continue in Vienna and around the world in these unprecedented conditions, and indeed to expand as we support countries and people in the fight to end this pandemic.

From previous updates you will know Austria has begun to ease some measures while emphasizing the fight against the virus continues.

As you will have seen, the Austrian authorities plan further announcements on Tuesday 28 April. The plan announced today for a phased return to school is outlined in this update.

The VIC Crisis Management Team (CMT) is closely monitoring developments, along with the VIC Medical Service. Additionally, the Host Country briefed us today.

In consultation with the Austrian authorities, we have decided to begin a gradual, flexible and cautious return to VIC premises from Friday 15 May 2020.

The CMT and other VIC colleagues are working on the details of this gradual return. The CMT will update you on the details soon. Our overriding priority for any return is the safety and welfare of all those at the VIC. Social distancing and hygiene measures will be paramount.

Personnel with children or elderly parents or those with chronic health conditions will be able to continue telecommuting. We will continue to follow Austrian guidelines.

Please continue to comply fully with all Austrian measures to tackle COVID-19.

Sincerely and with gratitude,

Ghada Waly, Designated Official for Austria, Director-General/Executive Director, United Nations Office at Vienna/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency

LI Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • Education Minister Heinz Fassmann outlined the Austrian Government’s plans today for a phased return to school from 15 May and May 29.
  • He told a televised news conference his aim was for children to return because schools have a social as well as education role. He said deciding on a plan was difficult because of the balance between the need for education and the risk of infection. He recognised there are differing views, among experts and parents. The plan is aimed at reducing the number of students at school at any one time.
    1. As already announced, under Phase One students taking final-year exams will return on 4 May.
    2. In Phase Two, from May 15, students aged between six and 14 will be able to return to school.
    3. Assuming all goes well with Phase Two, from 29 May, older students will go back to school.
    4. Classes will be divided into two groups. In a given week, Group A will be at school from Monday to Wednesday and Group B on Thursday and Friday. The following week, the groups will swap so that Group B would be at school for the first three days and Group A for the last two days.
    5. On the days children are not being taught in school, they will have “homework days”, either at home or, if necessary, at school in school gymnasiums, for example. Online classes and distance learning will no longer be offered as they have been so far.
    6. Normal timetables will be taught, except for sport, other forms of exercise and music. There will be no afternoon lessons.
    7. A hygiene handbook will be provided. Masks will have to be worn at school but removed in the classroom. Students over the age of 10 must wear masks at break time. Parents must provide the masks.
    8. Parents concerned about the risk of infection will still have the option of home schooling.
  • Culture Minister Susanne Raab and Roman Catholic Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave a televised briefing on Thursday to give more details on religious services that would be permitted from 15 May. They said there would be strict conditions and step-by-step approach.
  • Schoenborn spoke on behalf of the 16 religions and denominations officially recognised in Austria.
  • Conditions include: the place of worship should have 20 square metres for each participant, a minimum two metres distance between each person not from the same household, face masks to be worn by all and checks at the entrance.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 15,038 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 11,872. The death toll stands at 530. There have been 212,686 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

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In today’s update:

  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – many changes from May 15: restaurants, bars and cafes to reopen with restrictions; schools will start to be gradually reopened, public offices will open and religious services in places of worship will be allowed.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a televised news conference the daily number of new infections dropped below 100 for the first time over the weekend, and this allowed for a gradual reopening in a number of sectors.
  • From May 15, restaurants, bars and cafes can reopen, he said. Staff will have to wear masks, there will be limits on group sizes and the closing time will be 2300 at the latest. More details will be given on Tuesday next week.
  • He said the aim was schools would gradually reopen for all grades from May 15 as well. Those taking final-year (Matura) or apprenticeship exams will return to school from 4 May. The Education Minister will brief on the plan for schools on Friday.
  • As a reminder, Kurz noted that kindergartens and schools still remain open for children who do not have alternative childcare arrangements but that there is no teaching in school premises.
  • Public offices will be open for clients from 15 May and religious services will be permitted from the same date in places of worship. There will be on this on Thursday.
  • Kurz said on Tuesday next week the Government would outline the measures that will be in place on restrictions on movement from 1 May. He said existing measures (stay at home except for essential work, shopping, helping others or exercising) remained in place until 30 April.
  • On travel abroad, Kurz cautioned against expecting open borders any time soon and again advised people to plan a summer holiday in Austria, as he does.
  • Kurz noted there would continue to be a two-week gap between each phase of easing measures to allow for course correction or stricter measures if the infection rate starts to climb again.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1700 today 14,810 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 10,971. The death toll stands at 491. There have been 189,018 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.
  • Regarding the measures for those who run or cycle; runners and cyclists have been advised not to slipstream directly behind other runners or cyclists. They should ideally run, or cycle diagonally offset. Runners should try to keep a minimum of 10 metres apart. For cyclists the recommended distance is 20 metres. These distances would not apply to those from the same household running or cycling together. These are recommendations that the Austrian authorities wish people to observe. Additionally, runners and cyclists should be considerate toward pedestrians in distancing.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

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In today’s update:

  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – no outdoor cultural events such as music festivals before 31 August but museums to reopen mid-May; distancing rules while running or cycling; planning starting to resume delayed operations at hospitals

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler told a televised news conference there would be no large outdoor events such as music festivals in Austria before the end of August. This extends the existing ban from the end of June.
  • Kogler said museums across Austria would start to reopen from mid-May.
  • The State Secretary for Art and Culture, Ulrike Lunacek, said federal museums (such as Albertina, Belvedere and the Natural History Museum) had decided not to open until the end of June.
  • Lunacek said cinemas wanted to reopen in late August or early September as demand in the summer was generally lower. There is no decision yet on reopening theatres as this is not easy to do in practice with social distancing. It is not yet clear when libraries and archives will reopen.
  • There are new regulations for those who run or cycle. Runners and cyclists should not slipstream directly behind other runners or cyclists. They should run or cycle diagonally offset. Runners should keep a minimum of 10 metres apart. For cyclists the distance is 20 metres. These distances would not apply to those from the same household running or cycling together.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said planning would start on how to reopen hospitals for delayed surgical operations. This would vary across Austria’s nine provinces, depending on the COVID-19 caseload. The top priority was to maintain capacity to handle COVID-19 patients and to protect against infection, including at doctors’ surgeries, which would gradually move toward more normal service.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1700 today 14,563 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 9,704. The death toll stands at 431. There have been 169,272 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 is available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • Updates are no longer being issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages. No log-in is needed. Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx
  • COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

In today’s update:

  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – some sports including golf and tennis to be allowed from 1 May; restrictions lifted on using public transport; four reasons to leave the home remain in place but shopping now covers more than just essentials; Austrian COVID-19 data site now also in English
  • Note on COVID-19 updates

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • Some sports will be allowed from 1 May, including golf, tennis, horse-riding, athletics, shooting, archery and gliding, Austrian Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said at a televised news briefing. This applies to professional and amateur sportswomen and men. Only outdoor venues will be allowed initially, although professionals will be able to train indoors.
  • Kogler, who is also Sports Minister, said professional sports would focus on individual sports initially rather than team sports and martial arts. The one exception would be professional football. Professional soccer games can be scheduled but without spectators.
  • The overall restrictions on movement remain in place until the end of April, the Austrian Government said.
  • The only four reasons for leaving the house are still these - to go to work if you cannot work remotely, to shop for urgent supplies such as food or medicine, to help others in need and to exercise or get fresh air.
  • The Austrian Government said that it is of course allowed to shop in small shops as well as home improvement (DIY) and garden stores that reopened on 14 April.
  • Face masks must be worn in all shops and there are limits on how many people can access a shop at any one time.
  • Austrian authorities say there are no longer restrictions on public transport. It can now be used again to go shopping for goods and services and also to travel to areas to exercise or get fresh air. Face masks must be worn in public transport by everyone except children under the age of six. Up to now, public transport nationwide had been limited to essential workers under the COVID-19 restrictions. Public transport includes train services such as OBB as well as municipal transport.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1900 today 14,325 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 8,098. The death toll stands at 393. There have been 156,801 tests.
  • The official Austrian dashboard reflecting the latest data on COVID-19 has been redesigned and is now available in English as well as German. It is updated frequently.

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

Updates are no longer being issued daily. Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country. Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.No log-in is needed.Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

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In today’s update:

  • Note on COVID-19 updates
  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – Complying with Austrian measures
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Easing of some measures started today, Chancellor Kurz says will pull emergency brake if figures move in wrong direction

NOTE ON COVID-19 UPDATES

  • From today, these updates will no longer be issued daily.
  • Updates will be issued whenever there is fresh information from the VBOs or the Host Country.
  • Between updates, you can keep up to date and refer to previous material by visiting our VBO COVID-19 website.
  • On the site you can find all updates, reminders and messages issued so far, as well as useful links including to information in English and other languages.
  • No log-in is needed.Link to the site: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

Please continue to comply fully with all Austrian measures to tackle COVID-19. Please take careful note of the requirements that came into force today as some smaller shops reopened, especially wearing face masks in all shops, not just supermarkets, and in public transport. (Details can be found in the reminder section of the Thursday 9 April update on the VBO COVID-19 website)

A reminder that Vienna International Centre (VIC) personnel working remotely are required to continue to do so until Thursday 30 April. Stay home unless you are approved to come to the VIC to carry out critical tasks. These requirements will be reviewed as necessary.

The COVID-19 figures in Austria are moving in the right direction, but the pandemic is far from over; VIC personnel are playing an important role in supporting our Host Country’s efforts.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the previously announced easing of some measures had started today because people in Austria had adhered to the distancing regulations over the long weekend. He said the aim was for “as much freedom as possible, as many restrictions as necessary”.
  • “If the figures move in the wrong direction, we will of course pull the emergency brake,” Kurz said. He noted the rules on social distancing and working from home where possible, for example, remained in place. He also said the crisis was far from over.
  • Kurz said no decision had been taken yet on when and how schools could reopen.
  • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said the latest figure for the daily increase in the number of positive cases was 0.8 percent. The period in which the number of cases doubles is now 39 days compared with three days at the outset. Since 4 April, the number of people deemed to have recovered has been greater than the number of newly infected.
  • Anschober said this new, second phase of relaxing some measures was more challenging. He noted it would take about 10 days before new cases became apparent.
  • Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said this was why the planned easing of measures was phased with gaps of two-three weeks to allow the authorities to respond should the infection rate start to climb.
  • Kogler said plans for the sport and culture sectors would be outlined later this week.
  • Small shops up to 400 square metres and home improvement (DIY) and garden stores were allowed to reopen from today, Tuesday 14 April. Masks must be worn in all shops; they are not necessarily provided by all shops. Masks must also be worn on public transport.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1500 today 14,159 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 7,633. The death toll stands at 384. There have been 151,796 tests.
  • There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.

COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

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New in today’s update:

  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – on adhering to Austrian measures
  • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Chancellor Kurz urges people not to meet others over Easter holidays, says situation is dangerous and deceptive, and the infection risk remains very high

For previous updates and messages, and useful links including to information in English, visit and bookmark this site. (Note: no log-in is needed):https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

As we approach a long weekend, and a well-deserved rest for many, you are kindly reminded to adhere strictly to our Host Country’s measures on tackling COVID-19, as you have done so effectively so far. The planned easing of Austrian restrictions from 14 April depends on everyone in Austria continuing to stay home except for these four reasons – essential work, essential shopping, helping those in need and taking exercise.

LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

New information:

  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said in a statement Austria was faring better than other countries in Western Europe, but the coronavirus remained among us and the danger persists.
  • “The most important point is this: Please do not have family celebrations over the Easter weekend. Everyone has the chance to save lives through their behaviour,” Kurz said.
  • He said the Government was fully aware everyone craved freedom of movement and wanted to meet family and friends. He said it would only be possible to gradually return to normal starting after Easter if everyone did as they had done so far under the restrictions.
  • “Even if the sun and the nice weather tempt us to make longer trips and gather outdoors, the situation remains dangerous and deceptive because the virus has not yet been defeated and the risk of infection is still very high," Kurz said.
  • The Austrian Government said it planned to establish a hardship fund to support families with children whose parents were unemployed or on reduced hours.
  • The Government also said it would lend 12,000 laptops and tablets to children who otherwise would not be able to take part in online teaching. This would be until the end of the school year.
  • The Austrian Mountain Rescue authorities and Alpine Police urged people not to head to the mountains over the long weekend. Accidents in the mountains are usually serious and require hospital treatment that would distract from efforts to tackle COVID-19.
  • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1600 today 13,163 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 5,240. The death toll stands at 295. There have been 126,287 tests. More people recovered in the past 24 hours than tested positive.
  • There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.

A reminder of the measures in force:

  • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
  • The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:
    1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
    2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
    3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
    4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running, cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others.

  • The Austrian Government outlined these planned steps on Monday. It made clear they were dependent on how the transmission curve develops in the coming days and on the extent to which people continue to adhere to the social distancing rules during the Easter period.
    1. Small shops (up to 400 square metres) and home improvement (DIY) and garden stores to open from 14 April.
    2. All shops, shopping centres and hairdressers to open from 1 May. Masks to be worn and the number of people allowed in those premises to be controlled.
    3. Other areas such as hotels and restaurants, bars and cafes to follow in mid-May.
    4. No public events to be held before the end of June. The rules for the summer would be decided at the end of April.
    5. School leaving exams will take place under special conditions.
    6. Schools will remain closed until mid-May but in-school care for those who parents have no other option will continue to be available. To be reviewed at the end of April.
    7. Universities will remain online for this semester.
    8. From next week the rule on the compulsory wearing of masks in supermarkets and drugstores will be extended to public transport and then also to other shops as they open.
  • The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”
  • The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community is 10.

    The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now routinely exceeds 97 percent.

    COMBATTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN:

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    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

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    In today’s update:

    • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – Guidance on antibody tests and face masks
    • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Austrian Foreign Minister says fully unrestricted travel abroad will only be possible once COVID-19 is defeated worldwide. Tourism Minister says goal is to start to reopen Austrian hotels and resorts mid-May, advises people to holiday in Austria this year. Health Minister says Austria plans comprehensive antibody tests from end-April
    • City of Vienna providing COVID-19 information in many more languages
    • Instagram Live with UN Youth Envoy and UN cybercrime chief on Thursday 1500 Vienna time – aimed at young people

    For previous updates and messages, and useful links including to information in English, visit and bookmark this site. (Note: no log-in is needed): https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

    A message from the Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service:

    Antibody testing

    Medical Service is closely monitoring the validation of antibody tests by the Austrian authorities. Currently available rapid tests are unreliable, as they have a high cross reactivity to other circulating coronaviruses. Antibodies develop in an infected person generally after 7-10 days and will protect the person against the same virus for some time (how long is not yet known). Antibody tests have an important role as a tool to monitor “immunity” and also to identify persons who had COVID-19 infection but never developed symptoms. VIC Medical Service will consider offering validated antibody tests to the VIC community, as appropriate, should they become more widely available.

    Clarification on mask wearing at the VIC

    At the moment in Austria, wearing a face mask is only required in supermarkets and drugstores, which are generally supplying masks to clients upon entering the premises. According to the latest measures announced by the Austrian Government, the requirement to wear face masks will be extended to include public transport and shops that will reopen on April 14. It is expected that masks will be available for purchase at supermarkets and other shops in the coming days. For the time being, there is no specific guidance from the Austrian Authorities and from UN Medical Directors on mask wearing at work applicable to the VIC except for UNSSS personnel and VIC Medical Service staff.

    Staff entering the VIC are therefore not required to wear a face mask at the moment.

    UNSSS staff are following specific guidance of the Austrian Police and wear masks to protect others and themselves during the conduct of their security and safety duties.

    In addition, VIC Medical Service staff are wearing specific face masks and gowns when activities involve potential spreading of droplets (like coughing or sneezing when looking into the throat or nose or during physical examination of a person with COVID-19 symptoms). This is in line with specific guidance for health care workers from the Austrian Health Authorities.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    New information:

    • Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg told a televised briefing: “We have to recognise that from a global perspective we are still fully in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. Our aim is completely clear; we of course want to restore travel freedom, full travel freedom, as soon as possible. But we have to recognise that as long as the coronavirus is not defeated worldwide, full travel freedom will not be possible.”
    • Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger said the aim was to gradually start opening hotels and tourist resorts from mid-May with strict social distancing rules. She said those in Austria should expect major restrictions on travel elsewhere and should therefore take holidays within the country this year.
    • Education Minister Heinz Fassmann said high school students would be able to sit their final Matura exam on 25 May and schools would reopen only for them on 4 May.
    • Fassmann said a decision on when other school students return would not be taken until the end of April and would take into account the COVID-19 picture at that point.
    • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said on ORF TV on Tuesday evening the aim was to carry out comprehensive antibody tests from the end of April to determine how many people in Austria have already come into contact with the novel coronavirus. He added, “We will only start rolling this out when we have assured evidence from these tests."
    • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1900 today 12,920 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 4,512. The death toll stands at 273. There have been 115,235 tests.
    • The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community is 10.
    • The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now routinely exceeds 97 percent. UN Security personnel are now wearing face masks at the VIC, in line with Austrian police rules.
    • There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.

    A reminder of the measures in force:

    • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
    • The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:
      1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
      2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
      3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
      4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running, cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others.
    • The Austrian Government outlined these planned steps on Monday. It made clear they were dependent on how the transmission curve develops in the coming days and on the extent to which people continue to adhere to the social distancing rules during the Easter period.
      1. Small shops (up to 400 square metres) and home improvement (DIY) and garden stores to open from 14 April.
      2. All shops, shopping centres and hairdressers to open from 1 May. Masks to be worn and the number of people allowed in those premises to be controlled.
      3. Other areas such as hotels and restaurants, bars and cafes to follow in mid-May.
      4. No public events to be held before the end of June. The rules for the summer would be decided at the end of April.
      5. School leaving exams will take place under special conditions.
      6. Schools will remain closed until mid-May but in-school care for those who parents have no other option will continue to be available. To be reviewed at the end of April.
      7. Universities will remain online for this semester.
      8. From next week the rule on the compulsory wearing of masks in supermarkets and drugstores will be extended to public transport and then also to other shops as they open.
    • The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”

    CITY OF VIENNA PROVIDING ADVICE AND INFORMATION IN 22 LANGUAGES:

    Our Host City has expanded its service to residents by adding to the range of languages available for advice and information in on COVID-19. This is the main site, with buttons for the 22 languages available: https://coronavirus.wien.gv.at/site/

    These are the links to the basic information in each language:

    INSTAGRAM LIVE WITH UN YOUTH ENVOY AND UN CYBERCRIME CHIEF:

    This event on Thursday 1500 Vienna time (0900 EDT) is accessible worldwide to anyone with an Instagram account and is aimed at young people, so VIC personnel with teenagers should consider flagging it to them. The UN Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake, is @unyouthenvoy. The UN cybercrime chief, Neil Walsh, will be on @unitednationsvienna. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-spoiNj64_/

    COMBATTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN:

    Guidance and contact information can be found here

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

    In today’s update:

    • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Chancellor Kurz says Austria on the right path but far from the end of the crisis; planned new measures are deliberately phased to allow for course correction.
    • Detailed video briefing on staying safe online
    • For previous updates and messages, and useful links including to information in English, visit and bookmark this site. (Note: no log-in is needed): https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

      LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

      Updates:

      • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told ORF TV’s ZIB2 news programme that Austria was on the right path but by no means out of the crisis. He said the steps announced on Monday had been deliberated phased with enough time between them so that if the transmission rate starts to climb then measures can be taken to bend the curve again.
      • Kurz appealed to everyone to continue to comply with the restrictions on movement even though this was tough for many. While Austria was on the right path now, if it wavered the picture could deteriorate rapidly as it had in some other European countries.
      • Austria’s road safety organization said drivers and passengers are allowed to wear face masks, but this is not compulsory.
      • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1600 today 12,547 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 4,046. The death toll stands at 243. There have been 115,235 tests. In the past 24 hours, more people were declared recovered than tested positive for COVID-19.
      • The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community is 10.
      • The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now routinely exceeds 97 percent. UN Security personnel are now wearing face masks at the VIC, in line with Austrian police rules.
      • There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.

      A reminder of the measures in force:

      • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
      • The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:
        1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
        2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
        3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
        4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running, cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others.

      The Austrian Government outlined these planned steps on Monday. It made clear they were dependent on how the transmission curve develops in the coming days and on the extent to which people continue to adhere to the social distancing rules during the Easter period.

      • Small shops (up to 400 square metres) and home improvement (DIY) and garden stores to open from 14 April.
      • All shops, shopping centres and hairdressers to open from 1 May. Masks to be worn and the number of people allowed in those premises to be controlled.
      • Other areas such as hotels and restaurants, bars and cafes to follow in mid-May.
      • No public events to be held before the end of June. The rules for the summer would be decided at the end of April.
      • School leaving exams will take place under special conditions.
      • Schools will remain closed until mid-May but in-school care for those who parents have no other option will continue to be available. To be reviewed at the end of April.
      • Universities will remain online for this semester.
      • From next week the rule on the compulsory wearing of masks in supermarkets and drugstores will be extended to public transport and then also to other shops as they open. It would be up to individual businesses and offices to decide on whether masks should be worn at work.
      • The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”

      STAYING SAFE ONLINE WHILE WORKING REMOTELY

      This is an informative online session hosted on the UN Secretariat intranet, iSeek, recently. UNODC cybercrime chief Neil Walsh, UN Secretariat cybersecurity chief Thomas Braun and Farzana Mithun, a Regional Cybersecurity Compliance Officer with the Secretariat’s Office of Information and Communications Technology, briefed staff and answered questions. View here

      COMBATTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

      Guidance and contact information can be found here

      COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL:

      FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:Please write to Martin Nesirky.

    In today’s update:

    • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – VIC personnel required to adhere to extended Austrian measures.
    • Latest Austrian developments and measures – measures extended until 30 April, phased reopening of shops from 14 April, home schooling until mid-May.
    • Information on personal mail addressed to VIC.
    • Important information on tackling domestic abuse.

    For previous updates and messages, and useful links including to information in English, visit and bookmark this site. (Note: no log-in is needed): https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

    The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, announced today the measures that began on Monday 16 March were being extended until Thursday 30 April 2020.

    All personnel based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) or elsewhere in Austria are required to adhere to the Austrian Government’s extended measures. VIC personnel working remotely are required to continue to do so until Thursday 30 April. Stay home unless you are approved to come to the VIC to carry out critical tasks. These requirements will be reviewed as necessary. The COVID-19 curve is beginning to flatten but the pandemic is far from over; VIC personnel have a vital role to play in supporting our Host Country’s efforts.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Updates:

    • In a televised government news conference, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the measures to fight COVID-19 were being extended to Thursday 30 April.
    • He announced the following outline of how measures would start to be eased, but only if everyone continued to comply fully with the measures. He said the Easter period would be decisive. Kurz said he would hit the stop button on relaxing the measures if necessary and even consider tightening the measures.
    • Small shops (up to 400 square metres) to open from 14 April.
    • All shops, shopping centres and hairdressers to open from 1 May. Masks to be worn and the number of people allowed in those premises to be controlled.
    • Other areas such as hotels and restaurants, bars and cafes to follow in mid-May.
    • No public events to be held before the end of June. The rules for the summer would be decided at the end of April.
    • School leaving exams will take place under special conditions.
    • Schools will remain closed until mid-May but in-school care for those who parents have no other option will continue to be available. To be reviewed at the end of April.
    • Universities will remain online for this semester.
    • From next week the rule on the compulsory wearing of masks in supermarkets and drugstores will be extended to public transport and then also to other shops as they open. It would be up to individual businesses and offices to decide on whether masks should be worn at work.
    • Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said police patrols would be stepped up. He said it was vital that everyone remained disciplined in adhering to the measures. The four reasons for going outside had not changed.
    • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said Austria was recording the sharpest decline in Europe. This was a success, but only a partial success. The trend must continue at a faster pace. He urged people not to take any risks during the Easter holidays.
    • Kurz said it was acceptable if supermarkets or drugstores charged a small fee for masks, if this was to cover costs and not to make a profit. Most such stores are providing mask free of charge, but some are charging one euro to cover costs (for example, REWE group, which includes Billa, BIPA, Merkur and Penny, according to ORF News).
    • The Austrian authorities reported as 1800 of today 12,267 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 3,463. The death toll stands at 220. There have been 111,296 tests. The daily total of people deemed to have recovered exceeded the number of new positive cases in the same period.
    • The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community is 10.
    • The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now routinely exceeds 97 percent. UN Security personnel are now wearing face masks at the VIC, in line with Austrian police rules.
    • There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.

    A reminder of the measures in force:

    • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
    • The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:
      1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
      2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
      3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
      4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running, cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others.

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”

    INFORMATION FROM UNOV MAIL OPERATIONS

    UN Office at Vienna (UNOV) Mail Operations is receiving and processing all official Austrian Post, Diplomatic Pouch and DHL courier deliveries.

    Private packages using the VIC as a mailing address are being held in the Austrian Post in the Donauzentrum. Recipients should have received an email notification directly from the Post. The parcels will be held for collection for fourteen days and then returned to the shipper if they are not picked up. When placing personal online orders, please do not use the VIC address, but have the items delivered to your current location.

    COMBATTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN:

    The UN Secretary-General has made an important statement on tackling violence against women during the COVID-19 pandemic. Austria is also launching a campaign to help deal with such abuse. Guidance and contact information already provided to VIC personnel can be found here.

    Links to Secretary-General’s message:

    SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO ON HOW VIC AND PERSONNEL RESPONDING TO COVID-19: Links to a one-minute social media video by UN Information Service with input from VBOs on deserted VIC and how personnel are working remotely to keep serving the people who most need us. Feel free to share with your networks. YouTube

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL:

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:Please write to Martin Nesirky.

    In today’s update:

    • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – Three weeks in, stay connected and reach out for help; advice from VIC’s medical chief
    • Latest Austrian developments and measures – President Van der Bellen urges Austrians and all those who live in our Host Country to persevere in the fight against COVID-19
    • Advice on distinguishing between allergy and COVID-19 symptoms

    For previous updates and messages, and useful links including to information in English, visit and bookmark this site. (Note: no log-in is needed):

    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

    As we end the third week working remotely or remaining at home, let’s stay connected with each other, check on colleagues and reach out if we need help. See the video message from the Chief Medical Advisor of the Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service, Dr. Matthias Lademann on the VBO COVID-19 site.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Updates:

    • Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen gave a televised address on Thursday evening. “At some point we will look back on this strange, painful, unreal spring 2020. And we will know: it has passed,” he said. “And we may be able to better appreciate how valuable and important we are to each other.” He said people would need to persevere for longer for the sake of those most vulnerable in our Host Country and get used to the new normal. “Dear Austrians, and everyone who lives here, I want to be honest with you: I don't know how long it will take for this crisis to be overcome. And I don't know how bad it will get. Nobody can say for sure at the moment.” But he said there was one certainty; it would pass. Here is a link to the text and video of his address (in German; if an English version is made available it will be shared):
    • Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler told reporters in a televised briefing on Friday that when the economic restrictions were relaxed it would be phased. For example, shops were likely to be able reopen before sports events were allowed again. He said details on what he called a “slow start-up” would start to be announced from next week. The aim was to protect the most vulnerable.
    • The Austrian authorities reported as of 1600 today 11,412 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 1,749. The death toll stands at 168. There have been 98,343 tests.
    • The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community is 10.
    • The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now routinely exceeds 97 percent. UN Security personnel are now wearing face masks at the VIC, in line with Austrian police rules.
    • There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.

    A reminder of the measures in force:

    • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
    • The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:
      1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
      2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
      3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
      4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running, cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others.

    These measures - which also cover the announced non-essential shop and restaurant, café and bar closures - last until midnight on Monday 13 April but will be extended.

    Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced three new measures on Monday:

    1. More protection for vulnerable groups; for example, they will not have to go to work if they can work from home or they can be placed on leave.
    2. Ensuring better compliance with the measures – police will be more stringent. There have already been more than 10,000 police reports on violations, including 2,000 just last weekend. Police will not hesitate to fine people if they do not comply.
    3. Face masks must be worn in supermarkets, once the masks have been delivered. They are compulsory from Monday 6 April.

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”

    VIC MEDICAL SERVICE ADVICE – ON ALLERGY VS COVID-19:

    Is it allergy or is it COVID-19?

    For people who have seasonal allergies, springtime this year coincides with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Because both conditions affect the respiratory tract, it is understandable that a person who has seasonal allergies would get anxious this year. Keep in mind that the main difference between both conditions is that seasonal allergies generally don’t cause fever or gastro-intestinal symptoms, and they respond to treatment with an antihistamine or similar medications.

    Follow the link to the VBO COVID-19 site and scroll down to the VIC Medical Service section to find advice to help distinguish the two conditions.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL:

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS:Please write to Martin Nesirky.

    In today’s update:

    • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – reminder on face masks regulation
    • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Health Minister says rate of increase in COVID-19 cases beginning to flatten but Austria needs to keep going with measures, plus authorities say 1,749 people have recovered so far

    For previous updates and messages, and useful links including to information in English, visit and bookmark this site. (Note: no log-in is needed):https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

    All Vienna International Centre (VIC) personnel must comply with the new Austrian regulation on face masks worn in grocery stores and drugstores. Together with our Host Country we can help to flatten the transmission curve.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Updates:

    • The rate of increase in COVID-19 cases in Austria has flattened, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told reporters in a televised briefing.
    • Three weeks ago, the number of cases was doubling every 2.4 days, he said. Two weeks ago, it was every four days. Now it is every eight days. A measure of stability is achieved when the doubling of cases is every 14 days. The aim is to ensure the hospitals can handle the case load.
    • Anschober said the measures were obviously beginning to take effect and Austria was heading in the right direction. It was important to keep going.
    • The Austrian authorities reported that as of 2200 today 11,123 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 1,749. The death toll stands at 158. There have been 92,190 tests.

    The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community is 10.

    The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now routinely exceeds 97 percent.

    There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.

    A reminder of the measures in force:

    • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
    • The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:
      1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
      2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
      3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
      4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running, cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others.

    These measures - which also cover the announced non-essential shop and restaurant, café and bar closures - last until midnight on Monday 13 April but will be extended.

    Kurz announced three new measures on Monday:

    1. More protection for vulnerable groups; for example, they will not have to go to work if they can work from home or they can be placed on leave.
    2. Ensuring better compliance with the measures – police will be more stringent. There have already been more than 10,000 police reports on violations, including 2,000 just last weekend. Police will not hesitate to fine people if they do not comply.
    3. Face masks must be worn in supermarkets, once the masks have been delivered. They are compulsory from Monday 6 April.

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS to Martin Nesirky

    In today’s update:

    • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – on face masks regulation
    • Latest Austrian developments and measures – number of COVID-19 cases passes 10,000

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    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs) UNOV/UNODC – IAEA – UNIDO – CTBTO

    All Vienna International Centre (VIC) personnel must comply with the new Austrian regulation on face masks worn in grocery stores and drugstores. Together with our Host Country we can help to flatten the transmission curve.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Important updates:

    • Face masks began to be made available at supermarkets and drug stores from today. They become compulsory for grocery store visits from Monday 6 April.
    • The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Austria now exceeds 10,500.

    Kurz announced three new measures on Monday:

    1. More protection for vulnerable groups; for example, they will not have to go to work if they can work from home or they can be placed on leave.
    2. Ensuring better compliance with the measures – police will be more stringent. There have already been more than 10,000 police reports on violations, including 2,000 just last weekend. Police will not hesitate to fine people if they do not comply.
    3. Face masks must be worn in supermarkets, once the masks have been delivered. They are compulsory from Monday 6 April.

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.” These measures - which also cover the announced non-essential shop and restaurant, café and bar closures - last until midnight on Monday 13 April but will be extended.

    The Austrian authorities reported that as of 2100 today 10,668 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The death toll stands at 146. There have been 55,863 tests.

    The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community is 10.

    The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now routinely exceeds 97 percent.

    There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.

    A reminder of the measures in force:

    • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
    • The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:
      1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
      2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
      3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
      4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running, cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL:

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

    In today’s update:

    • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – one further COVID-19 case involving VIC personnel
    • Latest Austrian developments and measures – no school and university likely in April and no decision yet on return, says Education Minister, Chancellor says the difficult times yet to come

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    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

    This is an important message from the VIC Medical Service regarding COVID-19:

    There is one more case of COVID-19 involving VIC personnel.

    On Tuesday, 31 March, the Austrian authorities confirmed that a person working at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was COVID-19 positive. The person was tested on 27 March and had been out of the workplace since 6 March 2020. Contact tracing is being conducted. There was no risk to any colleagues at the workplace.

    This brings the cumulative total of COVID-19 among VIC personnel to 10 cases.

    IMPORTANT: VIC Medical Services urges all personnel working at the VIC to report cases to the VIC Medical Service.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Important updates:

    Education Minister Heinz Fassmann told reporters it was not yet possible to say when schools and universities would resume. Realistically speaking, it would not be possible to hold classes at the institutions in April, he said. All those who are scheduled to take school-leaving exams (Matura) or to finish compulsory schooling would be able to do so. The Matura date would be decided after Easter. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told ORF television on Monday evening that reopening schools would be an extreme burden on the system and could lead to a huge spread of the virus if the transmission rate was not close to zero.

    Kurz said that the government hoped to be able to give some indication within a week on what would happen to the announced measures after Easter. He said that a special team was working on "gradually leading the country into a new normality". Kurz said there was no alternative to the stricter measures. “The truth is the difficult times still lie ahead,” he said.

    A reminder of the measures in force:

    • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
    • The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:
      1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
      2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
      3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
      4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running, cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others.

    Kurz announced three new measures on Monday:

    • More protection for vulnerable groups; for example, they will not have to go to work if they can work from home or they can be placed on leave.
    • Ensuring better compliance with the measures – police will be more stringent. There have already been more than 10,000 police reports on violations, including 2,000 just last weekend. Police will not hesitate to fine people if they do not comply.
    • Face masks must be worn in supermarkets, once the masks have been delivered. The masks will probably be available at supermarket entrances from Wednesday. The masks do not protect the wearer from contracting the virus but do protect others if the wearer is already unwittingly infected. In the medium-term masks will be made compulsory anywhere people pass each other, Kurz said. An exact timeframe was not given for that. Kurz emphasized the masks were an additional measure, not a replacement for social distancing, which must continue.

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.” These measures - which also cover the announced non-essential shop and restaurant, café and bar closures - last until midnight on Monday 13 April but will be extended.

    The Austrian authorities reported that as of 1700 today 10,038 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The death toll stands at 128. There have been 52,344 tests.

    The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community is 10. The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now routinely exceeds 97 percent.There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

    In today’s update:

    • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – update from Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service – three new positive cases- Latest Austrian developments and measures –
    • Government tightens measures, face masks to be compulsory in supermarkets, police to enforce measures more stringently

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    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

    This is an important message from the VIC Medical Service regarding COVID-19:

    There are three more confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving VIC personnel. These are the details:

    There are two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving staff members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    On March 27th, the Austrian authorities confirmed that two more persons had tested positive for COVID-19, who had not been in the building since 13 March. They are both under self-quarantine and recovering from home. In one case, contact tracing by the Austrian authorities and the VIC Medical Service has identified individuals who were in close contact with the person and have been contacted by the authorities with instructions to self-quarantine for 14 days. Personnel not contacted by the Austrian authorities are not considered to be at risk. In the second case, the person was under self – quarantine since March 20th. A risk assessment conducted by local authorities and the VIC Medical Service has determined that there is no additional risk of exposure to other personnel.

    Monday, 30 March, the authorities confirmed that a United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. He is doing well at home with mild symptoms. The person had been working from home for seven days. Close contact tracing was conducted by Austrian health authorities and identified one contact person for observation. A risk assessment conducted by Austrian authorities and VIC Medical Service has determined that due to working from home, there is no risk of exposure to other personnel.

    These latest three cases bring the cumulative total of COVID-19 among VIC personnel to nine cases.

    IMPORTANT: VIC Medical Services urges all personnel working at the VIC to report cases to the VIC Medical Service.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Important updates:

    • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a televised news conference today he knew many people in Austria had wanted to hear the measures were being relaxed. “But the truth is this is a marathon,” he said.
    • Kurz said Austria was experiencing the calm before the storm, and he feared there could be bottlenecks in hospitals within two weeks. This was why it was vital for people to adhere to the measures. Most were but a significant number still were not, and some were trivializing the outbreak. “Real normality will only return when we have beaten this virus,” he said.
    • Kurz announced three new measures:
      1. More protection for vulnerable groups; for example, they will not have to go to work if they can work from home or they can be placed on leave.
      2. Ensuring better compliance with the measures – police will be more stringent. There have already been more than 10,000 police reports on violations, including 2,000 just last weekend. Police will not hesitate to fine people if they do not comply.
      3. Face masks must be worn in supermarkets, once the masks have been delivered. The masks will probably be available at supermarket entrances from Wednesday. The masks do not protect the wearer from contracting the virus but do protect others if the wearer is already unwittingly infected. In the medium-term masks will be made compulsory anywhere people pass each other, Kurz said. An exact timeframe was not given for that. Kurz emphasized the masks were an additional measure, not a replacement for social distancing, which must continue.
    • Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler told the same briefing there was no way the measures would be eased after the Easter holidays. Kurz said when the measures were relaxed, businesses would start first. Schools and universities would follow later.
    • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said supermarkets would be able to limit entry to supermarkets to better protect staff. He also announced that hotel businesses should close.
    • Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said it was “catastrophically dangerous” to violate the social distancing rules. He said there were roughly 700 new COVID-19 cases a day. If even just a few people violate the rules, the figure could soon reach 2,000 a day, exceeding the number of intensive care beds.

    A reminder of the measures in force:

    • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
    • The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:
      1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
      2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
      3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
      4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running, cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others.
    • The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”
    • These measures - which also cover the announced non-essential shop and restaurant, café and bar closures - last until midnight on Monday 13 April but will be extended. For how long is not yet clear.
    • The Austrian authorities reported that as of 2100 today 9,603 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The death toll stands at 108. There have been 49,455 tests. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober and Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told reporters 636 people had recovered and that the percentage increase in the 24-hour period to 0800 today was 6.3 percent. This was the lowest percentage increase in the infection rate for the third day in a row.
    • The cumulative total of positive cases currently reported among the VIC community is 9.
    • The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now routinely exceeds 97 percent.
    • There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.

    UNITED NATIONS DONATES 250,000 FACE MASKS TO NEW YORK CITY HEALTH WORKERS

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

    In today’s update:

    • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – message on duty of care
    • Latest Austrian developments and measures – Government says some signs measures working but the peak not reached and not time yet to ease measures
    • Important information on tackling domestic violence

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    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

    LMessage from the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Chief Security Advisor for Austria, Bonnie Adkins

    Dear Colleagues,

    I hope this email finds you well.

    In the past few weeks, we have been facing together the unique global challenge of COVID-19 pandemic, impacting our professional and personal lives. The new realities of movement restrictions and closed borders fundamentally and suddenly changed the way we operate as the United Nations system. In Vienna, almost all Vienna International Centre (VIC) staff members are telecommuting from their homes, as required by the host country authorities in order to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak. While we are physically distanced, as a UN community we need to maintain our professional and social bonds and reach out to others.

    In this context, we would like to highlight several responsibilities from the security perspective (as consistent with the UN Security Management System Framework of Accountability) as well as organizational duty of care. We would advise supervisors, in cooperation with your HR offices and security focal points, to have open communication channels with your staff, monitor closely and regularly the status of your staff members and conduct well-being checks at their homes if needed. Duty of care can be reflected at many diverse layers and on all levels. The primary duty of care starts with the Primary Supervisor/First Reporting Officer (FRO), who should ideally check daily on colleagues and their status, continuing with the wider network of other team members and the Secondary Supervisor/Second Reporting Officer (SRO), as well as other colleagues and supervisors in the entity, to senior managers and leaders. As part of this early warning system, any red flags should be raised promptly to HR offices and security focal points, particularly if a staff member does not respond and is not available on any communication channels and devices. Further, special attention should be dedicated to vulnerable personnel (elderly, pre-existing medical issues) and those staff members placed on sick leave, whether or not related to COVID-19.

    We would also remind all staff that the first line of accountability lies with you, the staff member, who must keep an open channel of communication with your supervisors and organization and report any safety or security related issues immediately.

    While we (UNDSS) stand ready to assist and support you in urgent cases, particularly in terms of coordination and requesting support from Host Country authorities, please be reminded that it is essential to act early on any concerns, preventing them from becoming a serious security issue, and possibly saving lives. Currently, Austria fares relatively well, comparatively speaking, but we cannot predict how the crisis will unfold in the foreseeable future and we need to take into account the possibility of decreased capacities of both the Security and Safety Service Vienna and Austrian law enforcement.

    In this crisis, it is essential to act as a UN family, using all means of available modern technology, channels and applications to connect with our staff, look out for each other and overcome the crisis together.

    Thank you.

    Bonnie

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Some updates:

    • The Austrian Government urged everyone on Friday to continue to comply with the measures that have now been in place for two weeks. No new measures will be introduced, pending an interim report on what impact the existing measures have had. The government will be evaluating this over the weekend.
    • Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told reporters on Friday the measures were showing some signs of having an impact on the rate of increase in the number of cases, which was about 18 percent yesterday. “But it is much, much, much too early for us to send any positive signal,” he said. The peak of infections in Austria was still to come, between mid-April and mid-May, Anschober added. By mid-April the aim was for the daily percentage increase in infections to be in the mid-single digits.
    • On Thursday evening on ORF TV, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz dampened expectations that the measures would be fully lifted after Easter. “The situation is serious, and it remains serious,” he said. The phase of massive restrictions would be followed by a phase of a new normality. It would not be possible to return to pre-crisis life until a vaccination or medication were available.
    • Interior Minister Karl Nehammer urged people to ignore fake news reports suggesting there had been an increase in asylum seekers. He said in fact the figure was about 12 a day, and this was the lowest in years.
    • The government has a special digital task force tracking, identifying and correcting false news reports on anything from conspiracy theories to fraudulent suggestions for treatment and self-diagnosis.

    A reminder of the measures in force:

    Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:

    1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
    2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
    3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
    4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others. This will be enforced by police; there are fines for transgressions.

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.” These measures - which also cover the announced non-essential shop and restaurant, café and bar closures - last until midnight on Monday 13 April.

    The Austrian authorities reported that as of 1500 today 7,441 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The death toll stands at 58. There have been 39,552 tests.

    The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community remains six.

    The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now exceeds 97 percent.

    There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.

    SPEAKING UP AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

    The current restrictions in movement and confinement of personnel of the Vienna-based UN organizations to family homes in the Vienna duty station and elsewhere may cause additional stress for us and our families. Living in close quarters and not being able to avoid each other at times may add to potential conflict. Parenting in such circumstances of stress and lockdown could also add an additional potential compounding element.

    In addition to each Organization’s duty of care towards its staff members, we wish to recognize and address issues of domestic violence that we may witness and that may increase and intensify during this stressful period. Children in particular are negatively affected by living with domestic abuse, whether or not they witness it directly.

    In Vienna, there are 24-hour telephone hotlines, such as Frauenhelpline gegen Gewalt* (Women’s helpline against violence), Frauennotruf* (Women’s emergency call), and Rat auf Draht* (a helpline for children and their caregivers), which provide services in many languages, including English.

    HelpChat is a 24-hour online counselling service for women and girls affected by violence, available in German, English and Turkish.

    There are also advice centres – for example the Domestic Abuse Intervention Centre Vienna (Wiener Interventionsstelle gegen Gewalt in der Familie*) and Viennese Women’s Shelters (Wiener Frauenhäuser*), where victims can work with a counsellor to find a path out of violence. We want to be clear that abuse is always unacceptable and that it may constitute criminal behaviour. Therefore, local authorities - in particular, the Police - can be of immediate help, including through issuance of a restraining order (“Betretungsverbot” or “Wegweisung”) and may forward your details to Domestic Abuse Intervention Centres in Vienna that will then contact you to offer support.

    For more detailed information, please visit: Metropole* or Interventionstelle-Wien* or Gewaltschutzzentrum*.

    Contacts for staff in the Vienna-based UN organizations

    If you are a member of the personnel of UNODC, UNOV or UNOOSA, or a member of their family and household, and affected by domestic violence in any form (including in duty stations away from Vienna), you can also reach out to the Chief of the Human Resources Management Service, Ms. Deborah Ernst.

    For personnel working at the IAEA, the contact person is the Staff Counsellor, Patience Gebauer (available by appointment only)

    UNIDO personnel can contact the UNIDO Staff Counsellor, Angelika Radax or UNIDO’s crisis email hotline

    CTBTO personnel can also contact the Staff Counsellor, Patience Gebauer

    Most of the services listed for VIC staff above are only available during established working hours. For support at any time of day or night, they may wish to contact the UNSSS Duty Room, which is staffed 24/7 or a local hotline that is always available.

    Please note that those affected are not obliged to report gender-based security incidents to security personnel, and therefore assistance will only be provided if accepted by the affected persons. Notably, no action should be taken without the express permission of the affected persons, if and when appropriate.

    IOM personnel can contact the Regional Human Resources Officer, Ms Filipina RIVERA in case of need.

    It is in everyone’s interest to stop domestic violence.

    * Please note we are not responsible for the content of external websites.

    UPDATED PHARMACY GUIDANCE FROM VIC MEDICAL SERVICE (SEE POINT ON PRESCRIPTION DELIVERY):

    VIC pharmacy service available online and in Vienna’s 12th district:

    The VIC pharmacy is now offering its service online and at the “Maria Lourdes Apotheke” (Tivoligasse 50, 1120 Vienna) to all VIC staff and retirees under the same terms and conditions as in the VIC.

    • In accordance with Austrian Law, online orders can only be placed for non-prescription drugs.
    • To access the online pharmacy please go to https://ios.mla.at/login.php and create an account.
    • Instructions and access code are here:
    • IOS Access Code
    • Online orders can be dispatched by post or picked up at the “Maria Lourdes Apotheke” in the 12th district.
    • Prescriptions drugs can be pre-ordered by email (office@mla.at) and purchased at the “Maria Lourdes Apotheke”.
    • In very urgent cases, the delivery of prescription drugs by messenger service will be available for a fee of 10 Euros. In that case, the prescription must be sent in advance by e-mail. Staff members will be able to get a stamp and signature on the prescription once the VIC has opened again.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL:

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

    In today’s update:

    • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – some practical steps on medical prescriptions, plus Mail, Pouch and Receiving Services
    • Latest Austrian developments and measures – urgently needed shipments of protective equipment arriving from today, plus energy supplies will not be disconnected if people can’t pay bills

    For previous updates and messages, and useful links, visit and bookmark this site. (Note: no log-in is needed): https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

    Vienna International Centre (VIC) pharmacy service available online and in Vienna’s 12th district:

      The VIC pharmacy is now offering its service online and at the “Maria Lourdes Apotheke” (Tivoligasse 50, 1120 Vienna) to all VIC staff and retirees under the same terms and conditions as in the VIC.
    • In accordance with Austrian Law, online orders can only be placed for non-prescription drugs.
    • To access the online pharmacy please go to https://ios.mla.at/login.php and create an account.
    • Instructions and access code
    • Online orders can be dispatched by post or picked up at the “Maria Lourdes Apotheke” in the 12th district.
    • Prescriptions drugs can be pre-ordered by email (office@mla.at) and purchased at the “Maria Lourdes Apotheke”.
    • In very urgent cases, the delivery of prescription drugs by messenger service will be available for a fee of 10 Euros. In that case, the prescription must be sent in advance by e-mail and handed over to the messenger on delivery.

    Operating hours of the Mail and Pouch and Receiving services:

    Effective Monday, 30 March, the operating hours of the following services in the VIC will be:

    • Mail and pouch operations - Tuesdays and Fridays, 0800-1200
    • Receiving Area - Tuesdays and Fridays, 0600-1000

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Some updates:

    • Several large deliveries of urgently needed protective equipment will arrive in Austria from Thursday onwards, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told reporters. He added that hospitals are well prepared for the coming weeks and have enough beds as of today. He said the strength of the Austrian strategy was that many patients were staying at home rather than being treated in hospital.
    • Anschober also said laboratories now had the capacity to analyse 15,000 tests a day. Medical staff and care personnel have priority for testing.
    • Energy Minister Leonore Gewessler said electricity, gas and heating would not be disconnected if people got into difficulties with payments. This applies to private customers as well as the self-employed and small businesses. The measure is in place up to 1 May initially.

    A reminder of the measures in force:

    Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:

    1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
    2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
    3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
    4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others. This will be enforced by police; there are fines for transgressions.

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”

    These measures - which also cover the announced non-essential shop and restaurant, café and bar closures - last until midnight on Monday 13 April. The Austrian government is due to assess on Friday to what extent the measures have worked and what comes next.

    The Austrian authorities reported that as of 0900 today there were 6,001 people with COVID-19 in Austria. The death toll stands at 42. There have been 35,995 tests.

    The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community so far is six.

    There is usually a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated every 15 minutes. The dashboard has been offline for maintenance over the past 24 hours.

    UN LAUNCHES MAJOR HUMANITARIAN APPEAL, PARTICULARLY FOR FRAGILE COUNTRIES

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL:

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

    In today’s update:

    • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – four new positive cases and cumulative Vienna International Centre (VIC) figures
    • Latest Austrian developments and measures – schools may be closed “significantly longer”, rise in calls to domestic violence hotline

    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

    This is an important message from the VIC Medical Service regarding COVID-19:

    There are four new cases of COVID-19 in the VIC community. Here are the details on those four cases:

    There are three additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving staff members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), one at the VIC and two at Seibersdorf.

    On Tuesday, 24 March, the Austrian authorities confirmed that a person had tested positive for COVID-19, working in the VIC. The person had been working from home for three days prior to the onset of symptoms, and a risk assessment conducted by Austrian authorities and VIC Medical Service has determined that because of the remote working, there is no additional risk of exposure to other personnel. He is under observation in the hospital with mild to moderate symptoms.

    On Wednesday, 25 March, the Austrian authorities confirmed that two people had tested positive for COVID-19, working in Seibersdorf Laboratories. They had been in separate self-quarantine since returning from the same risk area, and a risk assessment conducted by the Austrian authorities and VIC Medical Service has determined that there is no additional risk of exposure to other personnel.

    Tuesday, 24 March, the authorities confirmed that a United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. He is doing well at home with mild symptoms. The person had been working from home for nine days. Close contact tracing was conducted by Austrian health authorities and identified two contact persons for observation. A risk assessment conducted by Austrian authorities and VIC Medical Service has determined that due to working from home, there is no risk of exposure to other personnel.

    The three IAEA cases and one UNOV case mean there are four new cases. As of today, there have been six confirmed cases in the VIC community.

    We take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and request that personnel continue to respect the restrictions in place.

    World Health Organization and VIC Medical Service advise continuing to adhere to the general respiratory illness prevention measures, notably washing hands and social distancing.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Some updates:

    • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Austrian television on Tuesday evening school closures could last “significantly longer” than just up to 13 April.
    • He said for any measures to be relaxed the percentage rate of increase in reported positive cases would need to be in single digits. Note: The rate of increase yesterday was 24.3 percent compared with 21.0 the day before. A combination of occasional delays in reporting by some provinces and an increase in the number of tests may result in apparent fluctuations in the percentage increases.
    • The Minister of Women's Affairs, Susanne Raab, briefed the media today. She said the hotline for women suffering from or fearing domestic violence had received 50 percent more calls in recent days. So far, there has not been an increase in officially reported incidents of violence, the minister said. The hotline is 0800 222 555. The minister urged women to call the hotline at the first sign of danger.
    • (Note: the VIC CMT daily update will soon provide more information and numbers, including for non-German speakers.)

    A reminder of the measures in force:

    Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:

    1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
    2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
    3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
    4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others. This will be enforced by police; there are fines for transgressions.

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.” These measures - which also cover the announced non-essential shop and restaurant, café and bar closures - last until midnight on Monday 13 April. Kurz said it was the aim to lift those measures step by step. He said the emphasis was on “aim” and “step by step”. Normal life would not resume from one day to the next. The Austrian authorities reported that as of 1430 today there were 5,560 people with COVID-19 in Austria, of them 242 are in hospital, with 28 in intensive care. Thirty people have died. Nine people have recovered. There have been 32,407 tests. A dashboard is available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated every 15 minutes.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL:

    FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS: Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

    In today’s update:

    • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations (VBOs) – VIC access
    • Latest Austrian developments and measures – briefing by Austrian government
    • UN Secretary-General’s message to personnel on mental health
    • Secretary-General’s global ceasefire appeal

    Feedback on the daily Vienna International Centre COVID-19 update, including on topics to cover, is most welcome. Please write to martin.nesirky@un.org

    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

    Important message from the UN Security and Safety Service (UNSSS):

    All requests for one-day/one-time entry of staff members should be received only from the Essential Staff list focal points to our Vienna International Centre (VIC) Security Coordinator email box. UNSSS is unable to manage the increased number of requests directly from staff members (other than the Essential Staff list focal point). Please ensure these requests are absolutely essential to business continuity and are not for convenience as this increases risk of exposure all staff who should be staying at home as well as to Security and other staff who do need to be at the VIC.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Some updates:

    • Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a televised briefing the authorities were aiming to expand testing, with the aim of having 15,000 tests a day.
    • Kurz said it was still too early to say whether the restrictions on movement had worked. A first snapshot would be possible on Friday. He said it appreciated it was an extreme effort to limit social life, but everyone’s behaviour would have an impact on how matters develop in the coming weeks.
    • The Interior Minister urged people to comply with the measures, saying they were orders not recommendations, and that those who did not comply faced fines. The vast majority were adhering to the measures, he said. “Those who follow the rules become life savers. All those who do not are endangering lives.”
    • Social services, notably for the elderly, will be enhanced. Civil servants such as museum guards are being redeployed to this area.
    • The American International School has informed parents that one of its non-teaching staff in the IT Department, whose last day on campus was March 13, tested positive for the virus on March 22. The staff member had limited contact with children, but significant contact with staff in the days before the school closed.

    A reminder of the measures in force:

    Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:

    1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
    2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
    3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
    4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others. This will be enforced by police; there are fines for transgressions.

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations." These measures - which also cover the announced non-essential shop and restaurant, café and bar closures - last until midnight on Monday 13 April. Kurz said it was the aim to lift those measures step by step. He said the emphasis was on “aim” and “step by step”. Normal life would not resume from one day to the next.The Austrian authorities reported that as of 1715 today there were 5,038 people with COVID-19 in Austria, of them 206 are in hospital, with 22 in intensive care. Twenty-eight people have died. Nine people have recovered. There have been 28,391 tests. A new dashboard is available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated every 15 minutes.

    UN SECRETARY-GENERAL’S LETTER TO STAFF ON MENTAL WELLBEING

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    UN SECRETARY-GENERAL’S GLOBAL CEASEFIRE APPEAL AND BRIEFING

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    WEB PAGE FOR ALL VIC PERSONNEL:

    Please go to this page to find previous updates and messages from the main VBOs to all personnel. There you will also find useful links, including to information in English and other languages on developments in Austria.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL: https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

    In today’s update:

    • Message from main Vienna-based UN organizations
    • Latest Austrian developments and measures
    • Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service update, including laptop ergonomics tips
    • Link to watch UN Secretary-General’s virtual press briefing at 1700 today

    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

    • All but essential and critical personnel are already required to work remotely or otherwise be at home until 13 April, in line with the Austrian Government’s measures to tackle COVID-19.
    • We strongly recommend all essential and critical staff also work from home if at all possible and to prepare to do so. There are very few tasks that cannot be handled remotely.
    • The VIC week-day footprint is now below four percent of the usual number of personnel. We are working to reduce the footprint still further.
    • From today the cafeteria will be closed until 13 April.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Some updates and a reminder of the measures in force:

    Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:

    1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
    2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
    3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
    4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others. This will be enforced by police; there are fines for transgressions.

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.” These measures - which also cover the announced non-essential shop and restaurant, café and bar closures - last until midnight on Monday 13 April. The Austrian authorities reported that as of 1500 today there were 3,924 people with COVID-19 in Austria. Twenty-one people have died. Nine people have recovered. There have been 23,429 tests. A new dashboard is available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19.The Austrian health minister said the authorities planned to “massively increase” testing in the coming weeks, which would be in line with WHO recommendations, but that nationwide testing would not be feasible. Austria’s armed forces are mobilising 3,000 reservists as part of the COVID-19 response. This is the first such mobilisation in Austria’s post-war history.

    VIC MEDICAL SERVICE UPDATE:

    COVID-19 Health News:

    New World Health Organization (WHO) app

    To increase access to reliable information, WHO has partnered with WhatsApp to launch a WHO Health Alert messaging service. The new service, which is free to use, can be accessed via the following number on WhatsApp: +41 798 931 892. If you add the number as a contact and send the word “hi”, you will be offered to received information on several issues, from the latest numbers, to travel advice and how to donate. For more information on the app please visit https://www.whatsapp.com/coronavirus/who

    Treatment and vaccination trial:

    On 18 March, the WHO announced a large global trial, called SOLIDARITY, to compare experimental treatments in order to generate data to find out which treatments are the most efficient. According to WHO, the SOLIDARITY trial provides simplified procedures to enable even hospitals that have been overloaded to participate.

    In addition, the WHO announced that the first vaccine trial has begun just 60 days after the genetic sequence of the virus was shared by China, calling this “an incredible achievement”.

    Transmission rates to close contacts and households contacts:

    According to research, during 14 days of active symptom monitoring of 445 close contacts of the initial 12 imported confirmed U.S. COVID-19 cases, 54 (12 percent) developed symptoms and subsequently were tested. Two persons who were household contacts tested positive, for an overall symptomatic secondary attack rate of 0.45 percent and a symptomatic secondary attack rate of 10.5 percent among close contacts who were household members.

    Stay active:

    WHO EURO has released a guide on how to stay physically active during self-quarantine which is available here.

    Information about persons being confirmed as COVID-19 and home quarantine in Austria

    In Austria, mandatory home quarantine is imposed on persons who have tested positive for COVID-19. The quarantine period is determined by the Austrian Health Authorities and normally lasts for 14 days from the start of symptoms or from the day when the test was conducted. Data across several countries indicates that 80 percent of COVID-19 cases are mild to moderate, 15 percent severe, and five percent critical. Estimates are that only one percent to three percent of infected individuals are "truly" asymptomatic (remaining symptom free throughout the infection). Hospitalized persons will be discharged after two negative tests within 24 hours, which are normally conducted five to seven days after the end of symptoms.

    Information about close contact tracing in Austria and compliance

    Data shows that about one in in 10 close contacts will get COVID-19. This is similar for household members of a person who is a confirmed case.

    During this phase of community spread, you may be notified via email or letter from Austrian Health Authorities that you have been identified as a potential close contact person to someone who has been tested positive for COVID-19, requesting you to home quarantine for 14 days.

    The Austrian Health Authorities are tracking close contact persons placed under mandatory home quarantine via an electronic tool, which requires them to send a daily status update on their symptoms. Should you be identified as a close contact, a link will be sent to you by SMS together with a TAN, in order to access your personalized tracking page (https://www.wien.gv.at/homecare)

    Please inform VIC Medical Service right away if you have been confirmed COVID-19 positive or been identified as a close contact person and placed under 14-day home quarantine (Austrian Health Authorities do not report this directly to VIC Medical Service)

    See here for useful tips on ergonomics while working remotely.

    UN SECRETARY-GENERAL TO GIVE VIRTUAL PRESS BRIEFING AT 1200 EST/1700 VIENNA

    You can follow this important briefing on these platforms:

    UN Web TV direct live link: http://webtv.un.org/live-now/watch/un-chief-pc-covid19-conflicts-200323/5690600541001

    UN YouTube: https://youtu.be/JH9sZxVlpDo

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UNWebTV/status/1241882610219061249

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNWebTV/posts/3187795864565942

    WEB PAGE FOR ALL VIC PERSONNEL:

    Please go to this page to find previous updates and messages from the main VBOs to all personnel. There you will also find useful links, including to information in English and other languages on developments in Austria. Link: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL:

    https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

    Austrian measures to tackle COVID-19 extended to 13 April

    The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, announced today the measures that began on Monday 16 March were being extended until Monday 13 April 2020. In a televised government news conference, he called on everyone to persevere, saying the fight against COVID-19 was a marathon.

    All personnel based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) or elsewhere in Austria are required to adhere to the Austrian Government’s extended measures until Monday 13 April 2020. This will be reviewed as necessary. Stay home unless you are approved to come to the VIC to carry out critical tasks.

    Second positive case at VIC

    This is an important message from the VIC Medical Service regarding COVID-19:

    There is a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a staff member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the VIC.

    On Friday 20 March, the authorities confirmed that the person had tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The person works on the 16th floor of the A building and was last in the VIC on 13 March. He is recovering at home and is under quarantine.

    Close contact tracing has been initiated by authorities, and individuals among VIC personnel are being contacted by authorities with instructions to self-quarantine for 14 days. Close contact is defined as 15 minutes or more face-to-face interaction at a distance of 2 metre or less or direct contact (like a handshake).

    Personnel not contacted by the Austrian authorities are not considered to be at risk.

    We are in contact with the Host Country and we will provide an update to this case if needed.

    World Health Organization and VIC Medical Services advise to continue to adhere to the general respiratory illness prevention measures, notably washing hands and social distancing.

    The first confirmed case, announced on 17 March, involved a cleaning lady who was already recovering when the case was reported.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Some updates and a reminder of the measures in force:

    • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
    • The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:
      1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
      2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
      3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
      4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others. This will be enforced by police; there are fines for transgressions.
    • The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”
    • These measures - which also cover the announced non-essential shop and restaurant, café and bar closures - last until midnight on Monday 13 April. Kurz said the measures were working and that was why they were being extended. He urged people not to let up, despite the inconveniences.
    • The health minister said the infection rate had slowed. It was 40 percent from one day to the next last week and was now around 20 percent. This was a first step and not yet sufficient. The authorities were aiming for single-digit growth.
    • As of 1430 today, there were 2,388 people with COVID-19 in Austria. Six people have died. Nine people have recovered. There have been 15,613 tests.
    • A financial package is being prepared to support the Austrian economy and workforce.

    UN SECRETARY-GENERAL’S PRESS BRIEFING

    “My central message is clear: We are in an unprecedented situation and the normal rules no longer apply. We cannot resort to the usual tools in such unusual times. The creativity of the response must match the unique nature of the crisis – and the magnitude of the response must match its scale, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his first virtual press briefing from New York. “Our world faces a common enemy. We are at war with a virus.”

    Transcript: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/press-encounter/2020-03-19/secretary-general-virtual-press-encounter-covid-19-crisis

    Story and video: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1059752

    WEB PAGE FOR ALL VIC PERSONNEL:

    Please go to this page to find previous updates and messages from the Vienna-based organizations to all personnel. There you will also find useful links, including to information in English and other languages on developments in Austria.

    Link: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS (VBOs)

    Change to opening of Gates at the Vienna International Centre (VIC):

    To facilitate access for essential or critical staff, as identified by each VBO, the United Nations Security and Safety Service in Vienna would like to advise that the following arrangements will be put in place at the VIC as of Thursday, 19 March 2020.

    Gates 1 and 4 will maintain regular opening hours throughout the entire period: 24 hours a day.

    Gates 2, 3 and 5 will be closed.

    Any deliveries must be preannounced to our Security Coordinator and must report to Gate 4.

    Please note, to gain access to the VIC, staff must present a valid staff access card and be listed on the critical/essential staff list provided by the VBO administrations. All others will not have access to the VIC at this time. The United Nations Security and Safety Service of Vienna wants to thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

    Communique from UN Department of Safety and Security on remote working outside normal duty station:

    The UN Security and Safety Service of Vienna draws your attention to this communique from Gilles Michaud, the Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Safety and Security:

    1. In light of rapidly developing situation with COVID-19, in many countries, UN organizations are implementing remote working, including outside of the duty stations. The safety and security of UN personnel is our priority and we would like to ensure that all UN personnel remain informed of security updates and are supported by local security arrangements, irrespective of the place they are working from.
    2. When working remotely at a location outside their normal duty station, UN personnel are considered on official duty. UN personnel must request security clearance whether they arrived at the location on a personal or official travel.
    3. Therefore, we recommend that all personnel:
      • Update their TRIP profile online;
      • Request a security clearance when they are telecommuting outside of their duty station;
      • Download the Electronic Travel Advisory (e-TA) app and enable geolocation and notifications on their phones.
    4. Thank you for your cooperation. This is important to ensure that you are supported in case of security emergency.

    VIC MEDICAL SERVICE UPDATE:

    VIC Medical Service: COVID-19 outbreak: Taking care of yourself and your family

    Insights on how to get the support you need

    Around the world, social distancing, quarantine or isolation measures are part of the global effort to slow COVID 19’s spread. But cutting regular social contact and interrupting daily routines, combined with the stress of family and work responsibilities and the exposure to worrying news, can take a toll on your emotional and mental wellbeing.

    What to Expect

    During a period of social distancing, quarantine or isolation, you or your family members may experience:

    • Fear and anxiety: Feeling anxious or worried about contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others, having concerns about obtaining food and personal supplies, taking time off work or fulfilling family care obligations.
    • Lack of energy and sadness: Interrupting your daily routine may result in feelings of sadness, apathy or boredom.
    • Anger, frustration or irritability: Loss of personal freedom can be frustrating. You may also experience anger or resentment leading you to get easily upset with those close to you.
    • Stigmatization: If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you may feel stigmatized by others.

    How to Cope Better

    It is important to recognize these emotions and to know that there are tools to help you cope better in this difficult situation.

    Limit news consumption to reliable sources

    It’s important to obtain accurate and timely public health information regarding COVID-19. Trusted organizations—including the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control are ideal sources of information on the virus. Remember that too much exposure to media coverage of the virus can lead to increased feelings of fear and anxiety. Psychologists recommend balancing time spent on news and social media with other activities unrelated to quarantine or isolation, such as reading, listening to music or learning a new language.

    Create and follow a daily routine

    Maintaining a daily routine can help both adults and children preserve a sense of order and purpose in their lives despite the unfamiliarity of isolation and quarantine. Try to include regular daily activities, such as work, exercise or learning, even if they must be executed remotely. Integrate other healthy pastimes as needed.

    Stay virtually connected with others

    Your face-to-face interactions may be limited, but psychologists suggest using phone calls, text messages, video chat and social media to access social support networks. If you’re feeling sad or anxious, use these conversations as an opportunity to discuss your experience and associated emotions. Reach out to those you know who are in a similar situation.

    Maintain a healthy lifestyle seek professional support when needed

    Get enough sleep, eat well and exercise in your home when you are physically capable of doing so. Try to avoid using alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with the stresses of isolation and quarantine. If needed, consider telehealth options for psychotherapy. If you already have a psychologist, contact her or him to see if they can continue your sessions online.

    Use psychological strategies to manage stress and stay positive

    Aim to make a realistic assessment of your concerns and your ability to cope. Accept that there are things beyond your control, which cannot be changed, and focus on the positive elements in your life and the things you can do. One way to do this is to keep a daily gratitude journal. You may also choose to download smartphone applications and online videos that deliver mindfulness and relaxation exercises(see for example20 Minute Connection Practice and Guided Meditation) and coping and resilience resources such as exercises for deep breathing, positive imagery, muscle relaxation and more.

    https://www.headspace.com/covid-19 offers an excellent compilation of resources on meditation, stress management and other coping techniques for individuals, managers and children.

    Focusing on the altruistic reasons for social distancing, quarantine or isolation can also help mitigate psychological distress. Remember that by following these measures, you and your family are protecting yourselves and your community, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

    Helping your children cope with stress

    Keep in mind that children may experience stress in different ways, such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc. It is important to listen to their concerns and reassure them, providing age-appropriate factual information about the situation and the protective measures that should be followed. Keep to regular routines and schedules as much as possible, or help create new ones in a new environment, including school/learning as well as time for safely playing and relaxing.

    Adapted from:

    www.apa.org;

    www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/social-distancing

    www.who.int

    Other helpful resources:

    https://www.mindful.org/connection-practice-remedy-feelings-isolation/

    www.mindful.org/category/meditation/guided-meditation/

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Some updates and a reminder of the measures in force:

    • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
    • The Austrian authorities say there are only four reasons to leave home:
      1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
      2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
      3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
      4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others.
    • The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”
    • These measures last until midnight 22 March. Austrian officials have said publicly the measures will be reviewed, and possibly extended or amended.
    • Austria’s health minister told a news conference today all those arriving by plane from abroad would need to self-quarantine for 14 days. He also said police would be intervening more if they detected people violating the restrictions on movement, especially gathering in groups.
    • As of 1430 today, there were 2,013 people with COVID-19 in Austria. Six people have died. Nine people have recovered. There have been 13,724 tests. The health minister said 11 people were in intensive care.

    REMINDER OF NEW WEB PAGE FOR ALL VIC PERSONNEL:

    We have a new page with VIC Medical Service updates and messages from the Vienna-based organizations to all personnel. There you will find all the information in these daily updates and more. Link: https://nucleus.iaea.org/sites/covid19/SitePages/Home.aspx

    STAYING SAFE ONLINE WHILE WORKING REMOTELY – ADVICE FROM UNODC CYBERCRIME CHIEF

    Watch this YouTube video with advice for VIC personnel from UNODC’s Chief of Cybercrime & Anti-Money Laundering, Neil Walsh. Key points below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_2PXdJwUGI

    Cybercriminals are exploiting the COVID-19 virus pandemic by:

    • Sending emails with “virus updates” which then seek to gather your login and password details. Always verify the veracity of an email before you click on links or attachments.
    • Maps/Apps which display the spread of the virus are being compromised with malware – downloading these can compromise your computer and the whole organization.
    • Cybercriminals are exploiting online marketplaces – selling, for example, non-existent hand sanitizer.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/info-for-un-staff

    VIENNA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE (VIC) MEDICAL SERVICE UPDATE:

    Up to now, there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 at the VIC involving a member of the cleaning company and which we reported on 17 March. Medical Service is informed that two VIC staff members are waiting to be tested for COVID-19 due to unexplained prolonged symptoms. Since 14 March, Medical Service has monitored 99 staff members through telephone calls or emails and responded to questions and concerns related to COVID-19.

    Based on the questions received so far, the VIC Medical Service wants to highlight the following key points:

    • The main driver of COVID-19 transmission is the spread of droplets resulting from symptoms (cough, sneeze);
    • While it is possible to be infected by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face, this is not a key factor in the transmission chain; The presence of an asymptomatic COVID-19 case in your surroundings (same building, floor or work area) does not constitute a direct risk in itself, as transmission requires close contact (handshake, face to face within one to two metres for more than 15 minutes) or that the infected person would cough or sneeze directly in your face;
    • The disinfection required for COVID-19 is just routine cleaning. The virus is as susceptible to soap and water as the influenza virus – hand sanitizer works but is not required. Normal disinfection kills this virus.
    • Air conditioning has no effect as the virus is not airborne.

    Please note:

    • Not every symptom (e.g. slightly elevated temperature, cough, headache or sneezing, stuffy or runny nose) is related to COVID-19.
    • 80-90 % of persons who get infected will have a mild illness which normally lasts five to seven days.
    • Rest, stay hydrated, manage your symptoms (e.g. paracetamol to reduce fever and ease aches and pains).
    • Older persons and persons who have a chronic illness seem to be at higher risk of getting more severe disease.
    • Staff who have concerns about respiratory symptoms are advised to call the Austrian Health line 1450 or VIC Medical Service.

    MESSAGE FROM THE MAIN VIENNA-BASED UN ORGANIZATIONS

    The UN Security and Safety Service in Vienna reports that fewer than five percent of 5,000 personnel are now working at the VIC to carry out critical tasks. That means more than 95 percent of colleagues are working remotely or otherwise at home. Thank you to those who are keeping all Vienna-based organizations running at the VIC.

    Thank you to all personnel for helping all the Vienna-based organizations (VBOs) to continue to carry out our important work and to dramatically reduce its footprint. This is contributing to Austria’s efforts to flatten the transmission curve of COVID-19.

    Stay home unless you are approved to come to the VIC to carry out critical tasks. This instruction remains in place until 3 April. Look out for yourself, your families and each other.

    Management of the four main VBOs is taking measures to reduce still further the presence of personnel in the VIC to the lowest achievable number possible and, in so doing, to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

    Secretary-General expresses gratitude to VIC personnel:

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres spoke by video conference with the leadership of a number of the VBOs on Tuesday afternoon. He expressed his full solidarity with and support to all of us, including colleagues in the field and all duty stations during this difficult time. He encouraged VBO leadership teams to minimize the negative impacts of the situation on the working conditions of staff. He also expressed his gratitude for the work we are doing.

    New web page for all VIC personnel:

    We have launched a new page with VIC Medical Service updates and messages from the Vienna-based organizations to all personnel. It also has useful links to further information. This page, put together by the IT and Communication teams of the IAEA, will help everyone, particularly those working remotely without access to the network of their organization. The page is not password protected and therefore will not contain any confidential information.

    Guidance from Austria’s Federal Criminal Police Office:

    The Host Country authorities advise VIC personnel to be vigilant and exercise caution in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, particularly for persons falsely impersonating police or other first responders and asking for the location of money or other valuables in the apartment. In such cases, police should be contacted immediately.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Some updates and a reminder of the measures in force:

    • Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household.
    • The Austrian authorities have updated their advice to say there are only four reasons to leave home:
    1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
    2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
    3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly.
    4. To get some exercise (such as walking, running cycling or walking the dog). But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities, which should be only if absolutely necessary, it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with other people and keep a minimum one-metre distance from others.
    • The Austrian Foreign Ministry says: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”
    • These measures last until midnight 22 March. We will seek Host Country guidance on whether the measures will be extended or amended.
    • As of 0800 today, there are more than 1,471 people with COVID-19 in Austria. Three people have died. Nine people have recovered. There have been 11,977 tests.

    SECRETARY-GENERAL’S VIDEO MESSAGE TO ALL UN PERSONNEL

    Text of message:

    My dear Colleagues,

    The strength of our United Nations is YOU - our committed and dedicated personnel.Events have moved at alarming speed over the past two weeks. This crisis is unprecedented. And I am proud of how – together - you are adapting so quickly. I understand the enormous stress that measures to contain the virus are putting on you and your families. Many of you -- like me -- are working away from loved ones and worrying deeply about them. Working from home can feel isolating and lonely at a time of great anxiety. So please, let’s continue to look out for each other – and those who are most vulnerable. Let’s find inspiration in those who are “care-mongering” – rather than scaremongering. If we are going to spread anything, let’s spread kindness.

    In the meantime, we can be proud that the United Nations continues the important work on which many in the world depend – although in different ways and in different places. Please be assured that I, along with your senior management and crisis teams, remain actively on watch, and will communicate with you regularly and listen to your concerns. We are already working on some of these, including restrictions on movement, rest and recuperation, medical evacuation, leave, and other problems that are emerging.

    I thank you for your commitment, professionalism and above all, your compassion.

    We are all in this together, and we will get through it – together.

    Thank you all.

    STAYING SAFE ONLINE WHILE WORKING REMOTELY – ADVICE FROM UNODC CYBERCRIME CHIEF

    Watch this YouTube video with advice for VIC personnel from UNODC’s Chief of Cybercrime & Anti-Money Laundering, Neil Walsh. Key points below.

    Cybercriminals are exploiting the COVID-19 virus pandemic by:

    • Sending emails with “virus updates” which then seek to gather your login and password details. Always verify the veracity of an email before you click on links or attachments.
    • Maps/Apps which display the spread of the virus are being compromised with malware – downloading these can compromise your computer and the whole organization.
    • Cybercriminals are exploiting online marketplaces – selling, for example, non-existent hand sanitizer.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    REPORT ON EUROPEAN UNION TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

    INFLUENZA CASE AT VIENNA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE NOW TESTED POSITIVE AS COVID-19

    This is an important message from the Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service regarding COVID-19: There is a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a female member of the cleaning staff at the VIC.

    The cleaner, who is employed by an outside contractor, fell ill at the VIC on 2 March 2020 after office hours and was assisted by three members of the UN Security and Safety team. The cleaner worked on 13 rooms on the 10th floor of the VIC’s B building, which is part of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The relevant staff have been informed. The cleaner has not been in the building since 2 March.

    Austrian health authorities initially diagnosed influenza. Late evening on Monday 16 March, the authorities informed the VIC Medical Service that the person had tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The person has been evaluated at a hospital and is recovering.

    The VIC Medical Service assesses the risk to the first responders, who were wearing protective clothing, as zero. None of them has developed any symptoms over the last 14 days. There is no residual risk to personnel at the VIC.

    Close contact tracing has identified no further individuals among VIC personnel. Close contact is defined as 15 minutes face-to-face interaction at a distance of one metre or less.

    We are in contact with the Host Country and we will provide an update to this case if needed.

    World Health Organization and medical advice is to continue to adhere to the general respiratory illness prevention measures, notably washing hands.

    The UN Security and Safety Service in Vienna reports that 307 people out of 5,000 personnel came to work today to carry out critical tasks. That means more than 90 percent of colleagues are working remotely or otherwise at home. Thank you to those who are keeping all Vienna-based organizations running at the Vienna International Centre (VIC).

    • Thank you to all personnel for helping all the Vienna-based organizations (VBOs) to continue to carry out our important work and to dramatically reduce its footprint. This is contributing to Austria’s efforts to flatten the transmission curve of COVID-19
    • Stay home unless you are approved to come to the VIC to carry out critical tasks. This instruction remains in place until 3 April. Look out for yourself, your families and each other.
    • Management of the four main VBOs is taking measures to reduce still further the presence of personnel in the VIC to the lowest achievable number possible and, in so doing, to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Some updates and a reminder of the measures announced on Sunday, and some further details:

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry said in a diplomatic note today: “Diplomatic missions, Permanent Missions, International Organizations and Consulates General are expressly requested to comply with these regulations.”

    Everyone in Austria should stay at home and avoid contact with others beyond their immediate household. Only three reasons to leave home:

    1. To go to work if it cannot be postponed or carried out remotely.
    2. To shop for essential supplies such as food and medicine.
    3. To tend to others who need support, such as the elderly

    It is admissible, if absolutely necessary, to go for a walk or run or to walk the dog. But public transport should not be used for these purposes. If you do go outside for these activities it should be alone or with others from your household. You must avoid interaction with others and keep a minimum one metre distance from others.

    Sports grounds, gyms and playgrounds are closed.

    Restaurants, bars and cafes will close completely from Tuesday

    These measures took effect today and last until midnight 22 March. We will seek Host Country guidance on whether the measures will be extended

    Civilian service reservists such those who worked as ambulance crew are being mobilized. Military reservists will be used for crisis response. Military already being used to help at supermarket warehouses to speed deliveries.

    No entry to travellers from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Russia.

    All Austrian Airlines flights are being grounded from 18 March until 28 March.

    The Austrian authorities said today there are more than 1,000 people with COVID-19 in Austria. Three people have died. There have been some 8,500 tests.

    STAYING SAFE ONLINE WHILE WORKING REMOTELY – ADVICE FROM UNODC CYBERCRIME CHIEF

    Advice from UNODC’s Chief of Cybercrime & Anti-Money Laundering, Neil Walsh.

    Cybercriminals are exploiting the COVID-19 virus pandemic by:

    • Sending emails with “virus updates” which then seek to gather your login and password details. Always verify the veracity of an email before you click on links or attachments.
    • Maps/Apps which display the spread of the virus are being compromised with malware – downloading these can compromise your computer and the whole organization.
    • Cybercriminals are exploiting online marketplaces – selling, for example, non-existent hand sanitizer.

    • All personnel based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) or elsewhere in Austria are required to follow the Austrian Government’s latest urgent appeal to stay at home and not to meet anyone from now until Sunday 22 March. This will be reviewed as developments dictate.
    • Management of the four main Vienna-based organizations (VBOs) continue to take measures to reduce still further the presence of personnel in the VIC to the lowest achievable number possible and, in so doing, to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

    LATEST AUSTRIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND MEASURES

    Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has urgently appealed to all those in Austria to stay at home and not to meet anyone. He told Austria’s ORF public broadcaster late on Saturday that Austria was facing its greatest challenge since the Second World War.

    “This week is absolutely decisive. That’s why I am issuing this urgent appeal to all Austrians; stay at home. Stay at home and do not meet anyone. There are only three reasons to leave the house. First, if you have to go to work and do your duty so that our republic functions. Second, for urgent, essential errands such as food. And third, to support those people who need support because they cannot help themselves,” he told ORF television.

    Broadcast (in German)

    On Sunday, Kurz announced further measures in an emergency parliamentary session, including some that further tighten those announced on Friday. He said the country faced “challenging, difficult and painful weeks”.

    Measures announced on Sunday:
    • Sports grounds and playgrounds will be closed.
    • Restaurants, bars and cafes will close completely from Tuesday.
    • Civilian service reservists such those who worked as ambulance crew are being mobilized. Military reservists will be used for crisis response.
    • No entry to travellers from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Russia.
    • A curfew in the Austrian province of Tyrol.

    COVID-19 WEBSITE FOR ALL UN SYSTEM PERSONNEL

    REMINDER OF VIC MEDICAL SERVICE ADVICE

    Advice from VIC Medical Service on practical procedures:

    • What to do if you have respiratory symptoms and are concerned about having COVID-19

      If you have travelled during the last 14 days to one of the affected countries, then call the Austrian COVID-19 hotline: 1450.

    • If you have not travelled and are still worried call your GP or 1450.

      If the symptoms are mild and you would be considered a suspected case, then 1450 will inform the Aerztefunkdienst, the mobile doctor service, and you will be tested at your home. Results are back normally within 24 hours, sometimes earlier.

      You can also contact Medical Service which is able to assist with the assessment for any suspected case and can facilitate the process with the Austrian health line 1450. Medical Service has established a 24/7 doctor hotline to answer staff’s queries remotely.

    • If you test positive for COVID-19

      If you are tested positive for COVID-19 you will be monitored and asked to stay in home quarantine by the Austrian authorities. Most of the time (more than 80 percent of cases) the illness will be a mild disease (flu-like, common cold-like illness).

      Your family members have a potential chance to be infected during your 14-day home quarantine. The principles of avoiding close contact still apply at home. If possible, you should have your own room to separate you physically from the rest of the family. If that is not possible direct or close contact should be avoided, in line with the general respiratory illness prevention measures. This procedure would apply if a family member tests positive rather than you.

      In case of any severe illness you call 144 and the emergency ambulance service will attend to you.

    • If your family members test positive for COVID-19

      You must notify the VIC Medical Service about the positive test result. This will allow the Medical Service to monitor and assist with any questions regarding healthcare matters.

    Latest Austrian measures

    The Austrian government announced the following this afternoon, Friday 13 March:

    • All businesses are asked to allow telecommuting wherever possible.
    • From Monday restaurants, bars and cafes are open only until 15:00. Restaurant delivery services are allowed to continue operating. It is not yet clear how long this measure will be in force.
    • From Monday shops will stay closed, except for supermarkets, pharmacies, drugstores, banks, post offices, petrol stations, newsagents and shops for pet food and other daily necessities. This measure is envisaged to apply for one week, subject to review.
    • Border controls on Swiss border.
    • Flights to and from Switzerland, Spain and France stop from Monday. No time limit given yet.
    • Austrian province of Tyrol: the areas Paznauntal and St. Anton am Arlberg have been placed under quarantine with immediate effect for 14 days because of the number of cases. Foreign nationals will be able to leave the area but must leave the country.
    • Education Ministry information: School attendance (all grades) is not mandatory from Monday 16 March. Parents of children under the age of 14 do not need to provide a written reason for their child’s absence on Monday and Tuesday.

    The Austrian President will address the country on TV and online at 1930 today. More information on the measures on the Austrian government website (in German, soon):

    Message from VIC Security and Safety Service

    In order to facilitate access for essential or critical staff, as identified by each VBO, the United Nations Security and Safety Service in Vienna would like to advise that the following arrangements will be put in place at the Vienna International Centre as of Monday, 16 March 2020.

    • Gates 1 and 4 will maintain regular opening hours throughout the entire period: 24 hours a day.
    • Gates 5 will have the following opening hours: Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.
    • Gates 2 and 3 will be closed.

    Please note, to gain access to the VIC, staff must present a valid staff access card and be listed on the critical/essential staff list provided by the VBO administrations. All others will not have access to the VIC at this time.

    The United Nations Security and Safety Service of Vienna wants to thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

    Diplomatic personnel

    As there will be no routine meetings and most of the VIC services will be closed, access for diplomatic personnel and support staff of Permanent and Observer Missions from 16 March to 3 April will be restricted. Alternative communications such as telephone or videoconferencing are recommended.

    In exceptional circumstances only, Permanent and Observer Missions should contact the respective offices for access to be arranged in cooperation with the VIC Security and Safety Service.

    External service providers

    The following services at the VIC will be closed 16 March -3 April 2020:

    • Commissary
    • Bank Austria
    • UNFCU
    • Bundy Bundy
    • Morowa
    • Austrian Post
    • Dry cleaners
    • Pharmacy
    • DHL

       

    VIC Medical Services will provide critical/essential services on site.

    VIC Medical Service message

    Advice from VIC Medical Service on practical procedures: What to do if you have respiratory symptoms and are concerned about having COVID-19:

    • If you have travelled during the last 14 days to one of the affected countries, then call the Austrian COVID-19 hotline: 1450.
    • If you have not travelled and are still worried call your GP or 1450.
    • If the symptoms are mild and you would be considered a suspected case, then 1450 will inform the Aerztefunkdienst, the mobile doctor service, and you will be tested at your home. Results are back normally within 24 hours, sometimes earlier.

      You can also contact Medical Service which is able to assist with the assessment for any suspected case and can facilitate the process with the Austrian health line 1450. Medical Service has established a 24/7 doctor hotline to answer staff’s queries remotely.

    If you test positive for COVID-19:

    If you are tested positive for COVID-19 you will be monitored and asked to stay in home quarantine by the Austrian authorities. Most of the time (more than 80 percent of cases) the illness will be a mild disease (flu-like, common cold-like illness).

    Your family members have a potential chance to be infected during your 14-day home quarantine. The principles of avoiding close contact still apply at home. If possible, you should have your own room to separate you physically from the rest of the family. If that is not possible direct or close contact should be avoided, in line with the general respiratory illness prevention measures. This procedure would apply if a family member tests positive rather than you.

    In case of any severe illness you call 144 and the emergency ambulance service will attend to you.

    If your family members test positive for COVID-19

    You must notify the VIC Medical Service about the positive test result. This will allow the Medical Service to monitor and assist with any questions regarding healthcare matters.

    Cleaning of VIC

    Cleaning staff will be working this weekend to sanitize the entire Vienna International Centre.

    Dear colleagues,

    Bearing in mind the measures taken by the Austrian authorities and the advice from the Vienna International Centre Medical Service, the Executive Heads of the four main Vienna-based Organizations have decided to instruct all personnel to work remotely from Monday 16th to Friday 3rd April 2020. Each VBO will be in touch with those not in a position to work remotely. Only essential or critical staff, as identified by each VBO, may come to work at the VIC. Non-essential staff and all other visitors will not have access to the VIC during this period.

    This measure will be reviewed prior to 3rd April, taking into account the evolving situation and the recommendations of local authorities.

    The instruction applies only to those based in Austria. Those VBOs with field operations will be in touch with colleagues in those locations.

    The four Executive Heads further instruct all personnel to halt all non-essential duty travel with effect from Monday 16 March 2020. Essential duty travel is subject to approval by the Executive Head of the respective VBO.

    These measures are taken on clear medical advice and with the welfare of staff and their families as the central priority. As part of the community of our Host Country, Austria, we can all play our part in helping to try to contain the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the risk of transmission at the VIC and elsewhere.

    Sincerely,

    Ghada Waly, Designated Official for Austria, Director-General/Executive Director, United Nations Office at Vienna/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

    Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency

    LI Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

    Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

    Dear colleagues

    As Secretary-General António Guterres said in his letter to all UN staff worldwide on 8 March, the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), has become the leading cause of upheaval today and concern for the future. He assured everyone that the health and safety of all staff, and of the people we serve, are at the core of everything we are doing to address the outbreak and the disruptions it has triggered. He said there was no time to lose in preparing for what may come next.

    We have requested the VIC Crisis Management Team (CMT) to continue assessing the situation and recommend concrete measures to be adopted with a common approach across all VIC organizations. The CMT met again on Tuesday and continues to prepare carefully and prudently in a fast-moving environment, following guidance from our host country Austria, the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Headquarters in New York.

    We know all of you are concerned for your own welfare and that of your families here in Austria and around the globe. We are a strong community of some 5,000 people from around 125 countries. Our strength comes from your professionalism, sense of duty and care for each other.

    The health of staff, personnel and visitors in the VIC remains our top priority. With this in mind, we have agreed a number of measures to reduce the risk of exposure to those in the VIC and especially vulnerable groups, notably those over the age of 65 and those with health conditions that place them at greater risk.

    1. All UN Information Service (UNIS) Visitors Service guided tours and lecture programmes are suspended until further notice.
    2. UN personnel over 65 and those with serious chronic medical conditions are strongly encouraged to telecommute. Managers are encouraged to do everything possible to allow this.
    3. Retirees will not have access to the VIC until further notice. The Association of Retired International Civil Servants in Vienna will provide support to its members, liaising with relevant VBO colleagues where necessary.
    4. Private visitors will not have access to the VIC until further notice.
    5. Interns will continue to have access.

       

    6. Family members will continue to have access.
    7. Official visitors will continue to have access to the VIC. Official visitors, including meeting participants, are strongly encouraged not to come to the VIC if they are over 65 or have serious chronic medical conditions.
    8. In principle, meetings and events with more than 100 participants will not be held until further notice. Video conferencing is strongly encouraged.

    All these measures come into effect from today, Wednesday 11 March 2020. These measures will be reviewed and updated as developments dictate. We appreciate that these measures may be an inconvenience; staff welfare and community responsibility drive our decision-making. We encourage everyone to follow WHO guidelines on hygiene.

    For medical emergencies in the VIC, contact Medical Service or the Security Emergency Operations Centre on 99.

    Outside the VIC: For emergencies call the Austrian emergency number 144, for general care seek out an urgent care clinic. For respiratory symptoms and travel history from risk areas call the Austrian Health hotline 1450 (German and English). For general care seek out an urgent care clinic (example: Akutversorgung Privatklinik Döbling, Heiligenstädter Straße 55-63, 1190 Vienna: +43 1 360 66-5599), or go to the emergency department of any of the Austrian general hospitals.

    For the latest information from WHO on COVID-19 outbreak areas: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/

    Advice and guidance from WHO on COVID-19: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 and https://www.epi-win.com:

    For up-to-date information and guidelines specifically for UN personnel, visit: https://hr.un.org/page/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

    We thank you for working as one, and we know we can count on your continued understanding and cooperation at this difficult time.

    Sincerely,

    Ghada Waly, Designated Official for Austria, Director-General/Executive Director, United Nations Office at Vienna/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

    Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency

    LI Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

    Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization