Of Georg Renner | 6:29 a.m., March 19, 2020
Governor Günther Platter (ÖVP) informed on Wednesday evening about that all 279 communities are quarantined. The home community may only be left if it is a matter of covering basic services, of providing basic services or of getting to work. Only one trip to the next location is permitted, provided there is no doctor, pharmacy, grocery or bank in your own location. Then the community may be left. “What is not possible, for example, is to go to another place if there is a grocery store in your own village,” said Platter.
Tirol also distinguishes itself from its neighbors. This means that only those who are at home in Tyrol or who work in the critical infrastructure or supply are allowed to enter Tyrol. The movement of goods remains permitted under certain conditions.
During the course of Wednesday, the federal states Styria and Upper Austria A total of four deaths related to the lung disease were newly reported. However, only the three cases from Styria were initially officially attributed to the lung disease Covid-19. Also Lower Austria recorded one death.
In Styria, the fourth overall death in the state due to infection with the coronavirus was reported in the evening, as confirmed by the state medical directorate in the evening. It is an 80-year-old Styrian from the Hartberg-Fürstenfeld district. She had been at a retirement home in the district. The Styrian woman had been suspected of being infected with the Corona virus at the time of her death. The virological clarification initiated gave a positive test result. The two deaths already reported during the day are men (both born in 1940) from the Graz-Umgebung and Murtal districts.
Due to the high number of cases in communities in Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Salzburg, the closure of entire communities was started. After St. Anton am Arlberg and the Paznaun communities of Galtür, Ischgl, Kappl and See were quarantined last week, the authorities have now isolated two other ski resorts in Tyrol. The well-known tourist resort Sölden in the Ötztal and St. Christoph am Arlberg will be closed until April 2 inclusive.
The Vorarlberg Arlberg region was also quarantined. The communities of Lech, Klösterle, Warth and Schröcken were affected. On Wednesday afternoon, two entire valleys and the community of Flachau were isolated in the state of Salzburg. Affected are the Gastein Valley with the municipalities of Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein as well as the Grossarl Valley with the municipalities of Großarl and Hüttschlag.
Since the entire state of Tyrol is now apparently regarded as a corona risk area, Not only do returnees from high-risk countries like Italy or Iran have to isolate themselves for 14 days, but everyone who has been somewhere in Tyrol in the past two weeks, said Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens) on “Pulse 4”.
The onset of spring weather was not exactly conducive to the measures to slow the spread of the corona virus. On Wednesday afternoon, thousands of people were out and about in many parks in Vienna. The police therefore called the population via Facebook to the nice weather not “for extensive outdoor activities” to use. The executive made it clear that the exemptions from the regulation to contain the infectious disease “allow you to walk in the fresh air before you hit the covers at home.”
They showed how strongly the epidemic will affect the economy first numbers from AMS. Since the start of the exit restrictions, there have been a total of 49,000 unemployed more on Monday and Tuesday than on Sunday evening, AMS boss Johannes Kopf told APA on Wednesday evening. Most of the employees from “dynamic industries” were affected by the “enormous increase” in the two days.
The Government braces itself with one massive aid package against the economic consequences of the corona crisis. chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Vice Chancellor Kogler announced on Wednesday after the Council of Ministers to increase aid from four to 38 billion euros. Kurz’s goal was to save as many jobs as possible: “It costs what it wants.”
Italy was particularly hard hit internationally: 2,978 fatalities were reported, 475 more than the previous day. The number of fatalities in a single day had never increased so much. The number of infected climbed from 26,062 to 28,719, which corresponds to an increase of 2,648 people, said the Italian civil defense in Rome. 2,257 people are in the intensive care unit. 4,025 people have now recovered.
From midnight Austria also carries out border controls – including checks for the corona virus – on the border with Germany. As at the borders with Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, all smaller border crossings will be closed, the Interior Ministry said in the evening. Germany, where more than 10,000 people have already been infected, has now extended the entry restrictions already in place at five national borders due to the spread of the corona virus to flights and shipping.
The French government is apparently preparing to declare a “health emergency”. A corresponding bill was available to the cabinet for consultation on Wednesday afternoon, as the AFP news agency learned from the Paris Parliament. The emergency is intended to enable the government to act more quickly in the coronavirus crisis.
America is also gradually becoming aware of the extent of the crisis. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, for example, called for the help of the US military because of the surge in Corona cases. “The military has exceptional medical capabilities,” said de Blasio in an interview with NBC on Wednesday. “This is just needed in places like New York.” The army could also help with logistics and coordination in the pandemic.
in the Iran The death toll rose from 988 to 1,135 in just 24 hours, said Deputy Health Minister Aliresa Raeissi in Tehran on Wednesday. The number of officially recorded infections increased from 16,169 to 17,361 in the same period. In Spain, more than 2,500 new infections were registered within a day. The number of all cases of infection was 13,716 and thus 2,538 higher than on Tuesday, 598 people died.
Russia closes its schools because of the highly contagious corona virus. Schoolchildren will be sent off for the extended spring break next Monday for three weeks, Education Minister Sergei Krawzow said on Wednesday, according to the Interfax agency. However, some schools had already closed to curb the spread of the new virus.