Corona: From 600 intensive care patients lockdown for unvaccinated persons

Corona: From 600 intensive care patients lockdown for unvaccinated persons
Corona: From 600 intensive care patients lockdown for unvaccinated persons

The federal government and state representatives were jointly advising the corona situation via video conference on Friday evening. As was learned from the meeting for the APA, the plan is to introduce two new levels and tighten them for 600 intensive care patients.

With 25 percent utilization of the intensive care beds, 2G is to be introduced for restaurants, hotels, events as well as hospital and care visits. From level 5, which should come at 30 percent utilization, there should be a lockdown for unvaccinated people.

How exactly this should look is unclear. However, with the 30 percent occupancy, which corresponds to 600 beds, a rather dramatic situation has already arisen. Because from 33 percent at the latest, it becomes finally critical in the intensive care units.

The country is currently at level 1 with 224 intensive care beds occupied, level 2 with 300 occupied beds. Then a 2G rule applies in night catering (and “similar settings”) as well as for events without assigned seats with more than 500 people, ie only those who have been vaccinated or recovered have access. This is already the case in Vienna.

Level 3 with 400 beds or more means that the antigen test is completely invalid. Only those who have been vaccinated, those who have recovered or who have a current PCR test would have access to settings that are subject to 3G.

Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) is also there. It is important, together as the federal government, to clarify the further procedure in a timely and transparent manner, it said in a written statement from the Minister of Health before the start. The federal states are of course important partners here. “Our top priority is to increase the vaccination rate in Austria in order to get through autumn and winter safely and safely. The mutually agreed step-by-step plan and the measures anchored in it provide an important basis for this,” explained Mückstein.

“I don’t want to get ahead of the video conference,” said Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) on Friday after the EU summit in Brussels, saying this was not legitimate. “We have to take note: the numbers are increasing, we still have – with emphasis on ‘still’ – a stable situation in the intensive care units. But I believe it is necessary that we take measures here directed towards the future – and now, because developments over the past few weeks are cause for concern. “

Platter: tightening for the unvaccinated

Tyrolean governor Günther Platter (ÖVP) – currently chairman of the governor’s conference – insists on tightening the measures for unvaccinated people. “We should be guided by this principle, also in order to increase the vaccination rate,” said Platter to the “Tiroler Tageszeitung” (Friday edition). However, he ruled out that there would be large-scale restrictions again. In addition, an expansion of the currently applicable three-stage plan must be discussed, which determines the measures. “We also have to talk about levels four and five,” said Platter.

Upper Austria’s governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) expects a detailed analysis of the nationwide situation and a constructive discussion for the further joint timetable, as he told the APA: “It applies even if the corona numbers rise, especially those Take into account utilization in the intensive care units. ” The primary goal must always be to prevent lockdowns and closings of educational and care facilities.

Hermann Schützenhöfer (ÖVP) in Styria also wants to do everything to prevent a lockdown and urges vaccination. In addition: “Due to the increasing number of infections, I am in favor of further nationwide measures such as the introduction of the 2-G rule for night-time catering and events.”

Haslauer wants to end antigen tests

The Salzburg governor Wilfried Haslauer (ÖVP) does not want to recognize antigen tests in his federal state in the medium term, but only to recognize PCR tests, i.e. to replace the 3G rule with the 2.5G rule. Time horizon: “More in the first half than in the second half of November,” said his spokesman. The question is whether other federal states can implement this as quickly as possible. “The starting points in the federal states are not all the same.” For the evening in Salzburg, one expects a more climatic discussion. Schallenberg has never met all of the governors together – even virtually.

For Lower Austria, LHStv. Stephan Pernkopf will take part in the evening video conference. “The most important goal is to prevent lockdowns and overcrowded intensive care units,” said the state vice-president in the afternoon when asked by the APA, referring to the fact that 77 percent of Lower Austrians aged twelve and over have now been vaccinated. “And whoever is vaccinated must not be stupid.” Little new is expected in Vorarlberg, tightening, if at all, only for unvaccinated people. Regional differences should remain, depending on the location.

In the SPÖ-ruled Vienna, it was pointed out that they had already clearly communicated on Thursday that they wanted to continue to maintain the stricter corona measures in the federal capital, reported the Ö1 “Mittagsjournal”. Provincial Councilor Leonhard Schneemann (SPÖ) takes part in the meeting for Burgenland. He emphasized in advance that Burgenland was clearly against compulsory vaccination and referred to positive incentives such as the vaccination lottery. This has made it possible for Burgenland to be among the leaders in terms of vaccination coverage. “When we have reached 80 percent, further easing measures should be made possible with the involvement of experts,” said Schneemann.

Carinthia’s governor Peter Kaiser (SPÖ) identified the need for action in view of the stagnating vaccination figures, “the number of cases is increasing exorbitantly”. He also spoke out in favor of setting common guidelines across Austria in this situation instead of acting differently from region to region. With regard to the expected vaccination options for children, he called for expert reports, which should be drawn up with the involvement of paediatricians, and an awareness campaign to be able to dispel the concerns.

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