The rate of increase in COVID-19 cases in Austria has flattened, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told reporters in a televised briefing on 3 April. 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.
As of 08:00 on 6 April 2020:
- Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 12,008
- Number of people who have died: 204
- Number of people who have recovered: 2,998
- Number of tests performed: 108,416
- All VIC personnel must comply with the new Austrian regulation on face masks worn in grocery stores and drugstores. Face masks must be worn in supermarkets, once the masks have been delivered. They are compulsory from Monday 6 April.
- The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community remains 10.
- The government hopes to be able to give some indication within a week on what would happen to the announced measures after Easter.
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.
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