Austria is preparing to reopen many areas of public life in May, one of the worst since the pandemic began.
Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz announced the establishment of a committee composed of representatives of the federal government, provinces and municipalities.
He said: “It is important to take timely and serious measures to reduce the burden of measures.” He added that it is expected that higher vaccination rates for people over 65 in April may ease the situation in hospitals.
Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler talked about the last few weeks that still need to be overcome. At the same time, due to the admission of the intensive care unit, the closure measures of the three eastern federal states of Vienna, Burgenland and Lower Austria have been extended to April 18.
Kurz talked about Austria’s 7-day incidence rate, about 235 new infections per 100,000 people, he said: “We are experiencing an expected but problematic situation.”
He said: “However, the situation in Austria differs from region to region.” He added that regional coordination is a model of success.
He also emphasized that the cultural sector, gastronomy, tourism and sports should benefit from the first steps taken in relaxing the closure measures.
Kurz, who recently criticized EU vaccine sales, is currently pleased with the progress of the Austrian vaccination campaign. Of the 5 million citizens who are eligible and willing to receive vaccinations, a quarter are now protected. The plan to vaccinate 50-year-old children in May is expected to make great progress.