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Corona virus in Austria: neighboring country becomes a high-risk area – mandatory quarantine hits holidaymakers – politics

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Corona virus in Austria: neighboring country becomes a high-risk area - mandatory quarantine hits holidaymakers - politics



Countries and regions with a particularly high risk of infection are classified as high-risk areas. However, it is not only the number of infections that is decisive for this. Other criteria are the speed at which the virus is spreading, the burden on the healthcare system and the lack of data on the corona situation. Austria’s Minister of Tourism Elisabeth Köstinger fears that her country’s reclassification as a high-risk area will harm the tourism industry. She criticized the German regulation, according to which unvaccinated children under the age of twelve must remain in quarantine for at least five days when returning from Austria – but pointed to a very simple solution to the problem: “Anyone who has been vaccinated can have a safe and relaxing stay at any time Spend a vacation in Austria,” said Köstinger.

Stricter mask requirement

Due to high incidences, a stricter mask requirement outdoors has been introduced in the popular Tyrolean ski resorts of Kitzbühel, Ischgl and St. Anton in Austria. FFP2 masks have had to be worn in the center of Kitzbühel since Friday. The rule applies until January 23 – the last day of the traditional men’s ski races, which are to be held in front of 1000 spectators despite the high corona numbers. A similar regulation has been in effect in Ischgl and St. Anton since Thursday. The two places are in the Landeck district, where the incidence of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week was recently around 2,900. In the district of Kitzbühel, the value was around 3400. These regions are thus well above the Austrian total, which was recently heading for the 1000 mark due to the proliferating omicron variant.



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