Austria records its highest number of daily coronavirus infections since the pandemic began

Austria has counted a total of 17,006 cases of coronavirus covid-19 in the last 24 hours, an absolute maximum of new positives since the pandemic began.

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That figure represents a growth of 47% compared to the data made public on Tuesday. The seven-day infection rate was 761.9 yesterday, an 83% rise compared to January 1.

In the last 24 hours, 129,000 covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country, almost 50,000 of them of the PCR type, which in Austria are free.

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The increase in infections due to the expansion of the omicron variant The SARS-CoV-19 virus has not yet had an impact on hospital occupancy, and the number of patients in intensive care maintains the downward trend of recent weeks, and that of ordinary admissions remains stable.

Austria requires to be vaccinated or healed to be able to access non-essential shops, cultural events or local gastronomy, as part of the confinement of the 30% of the population that has not yet wanted to be immunized.

The government, made up of the conservative Popular Party and the environmentalist Los Verdes, maintains its intention to apply as of February the obligation to be vaccinated and fines for those who do not.

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