The red zone is broken. In six federal states, the Corona traffic light will turn orange on Thursday, according to the working document of the responsible committee. It is the first time since January that there are states that do not belong to the maximum risk zone. Burgenland, Vorarlberg and Carinthia fell further into the red. However, it should be noted that – given the strong downward trend everywhere – there is a clear decline in the tests.
Since January 13, the Corona traffic light has always been red in all federal states. At that time, Styria, Carinthia and Burgenland were the last to be hit by the Omicron wave. Since then, the highest risk has prevailed across the country, even when the criteria for the risk number relevant for staining were relaxed.
Burgenland comes out worst
100 is the line between very high and high risk. Styria even remained relatively far below this limit at 76.2 this week. Salzburg, Vienna, Lower Austria and Tyrol also ended up in the orange area with some certainty. Upper Austria was lucky with 99.0, Carinthia unlucky with 100.1. Burgenland is clearly in the red zone with 144.8.
The raw incidence of cases there is even lower than in Vienna, which brings out the back. But since other criteria are also included in the risk figure, federal capital is generally significantly better valued. It is questionable whether Vienna actually has the most cases. Because the federal capital is still by far the most tested. Most recently, more than 67,000 tests per 100,000 population. The national average was just below 38,400.
Less asymptomatic tested
Of course, the effect of the test quotas, which were imposed by the federal government, is strongly felt in Vienna. Last week there were more than 92,700 tests per 100,000 inhabitants. At the time, 63 percent of those who tested positive were still asymptomatic at this point. That number dropped to 57 percent. With its intensive testing strategy, Vienna wanted to identify infected people as early as possible so that they could not create new chains of infection before symptoms broke out.
However, it is probably not only because of the decrease in the number of tests that the number of cases is falling. A decrease from 33 percent (Vienna) to 48 percent (Styria) was measured in the federal states. The particularly vulnerable group of over-65s shows a sharp drop of 32 percent compared to the national average. In total, this age cohort accounts for 15 percent of all cases. In comparison: 36 percent fall in the group of 40-64 year olds.
Ski areas no more hotspots
While ski areas have long been labeled as hot spots, the picture has now changed – probably also because of the epidemic. The two districts with the lowest incidence are Zell am See and Kitzbühel. If you subtract the town of Rust, Gmünd in Lower Austria is the district with the most new infections of the past week.
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