Austria’s Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) has revealed that the new cases of COVID-19 recently detected in the country are closely linked to travel activities.
The agency’s latest figures showed that nearly a third of coronavirus cases, or 31.1 percent, from July 5 to July 11, were the result of Austrian nationals traveling abroad as well as travelers visiting Austria, TheSchengen.com reports.
Compared with the data for week 27, the numbers for the week of June 26, June 28 – July 4, indicate that cases related to travel with the Corona virus during that week constituted 25.3 percent of the total numbers.
Additionally, the report noted lower rates of family-related infection. At the end of May, 66.4 percent of cases were related to this category, while over the past week, week 27, 33.4 percent of newly reported cases were related to the family.
Except for providing a comprehensive analysis of the entire country, AGES also provided a separate analysis for the country’s capital, Vienna. According to the figures, only 20 per cent of cases of infection in Vienna can be traced back to travel activities. As for domestic injuries in the capital, they represent 57 percent.
“According to current estimates, the median value of the serial interval based on 250 transmission pairs examined in Austria is 3.37 days, and is therefore about one day shorter than the mean value of 4.46 days calculated in Spring 2020,” the agency’s statement for Health and Food Safety Read
Based on data provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, to date, 5,155,547 or 65.25 percent of the country’s population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines, of which 4,085,306 or 51.70% have been fully immunized against the disease. .
Austria is a popular tourist destination that currently allows entry without quarantine for all arrivals from the 27-nation bloc, including here several Schengen area countries such as Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Ireland.
With the exception of European citizens, Austria also allows entry to all third countries on the EU’s list of epidemiologically safe countries for which the EU Commission has advised EU countries to gradually lift restrictions.
However, it should be noted that all travelers are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result, medical proof that the owner has recovered from the virus or a vaccination certificate. Such a document can be submitted in either German or English.
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