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Sebastian Kurz (VP) wants to deliver a hopeful speech to the battered nation at the ceremony for “75 years of the Second Republic” on Monday and, above all, encourage those who went bankrupt because of the corona crisis.

The 75th anniversary of Austria’s declaration of independence and the associated establishment of the Second Republic will be celebrated on the coming Monday. Due to the corona crisis, the planned ceremony will take place in a reduced form this year. Following a long-standing tradition, this day also begins in 2020 with the wreath-laying ceremony of the Federal Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and the Minister of Defense at the castle gate – this time Sebastian Kurz (VP), Werner Kogler (Greens) and turquoise Claudia Tanner have to do with fewer soldiers of the guard and guard music to take.

New speech on the state of the nation

The ceremony from the Federal Chancellery will be broadcast on ORF from 11:00 a.m. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will address the population in a 15-minute speech from the Chancellor’s Office. Some details from this speech leaked to the nation on Saturday evening. Sebastian Kurz said it was an anniversary in the middle of a time of crisis “Today”– According to information. Austria “had many successes and wonderful moments, but also always faced challenges and crises together”.

“Will master this crisis”

A few weeks ago, if he had to issue drastic warnings (“We will all know someone who died of Corona”) about the virus, the head of government will now be positive. The Chancellor would like to say “hope and optimism” to the people against the background of the current crisis management, as opposed to the Chancellery “Today” called. Austria will “open a new chapter” at the start of the 76th year of the Second Republic and will also overcome this crisis through “cohesion, hard work and joint efforts”.

“Abandonment demanded a lot from us”

After the phase of “renunciation, deprivation and loneliness that demanded a lot”, according to Sebastian Kurz, “our way back now begins – with gradual upswing in social life and the economy”. For the Federal Chancellor in the coming months it will be a matter of “quickly bringing people back into short-time work and unemployment into full employment” and “helping everyone who has been completely deprived of their economic existence by the virus overnight.” In short: “Companies and their employees now need our full support.”

For this, the government will “work harder” to “make the comeback for Austria together”, Sebastian Kurz wants to tell people in his speech on the state of the nation on Monday, it says.

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Corona crisis: Austrian minister considers summer tourism possible

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Austrian minister considers tourism possible in summer

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Summer time is the main vacation time. It is uncertain whether travel will be possible in view of the anti-corona measures. Politicians and tour operators have very different opinions.

“We also definitely plan that there will be holiday tourism in the summer,” says Austrian Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger from the ÖVP. Above all, it can imagine bilateral agreements with one country.

ÖAustria’s Minister of Tourism Elisabeth Köstinger indicated in the Corona crisis that she would be willing to talk to Germany this summer about the question of travel options. “The restriction on freedom of travel will remain with us in the next few months,” said the ÖVP politician the newspaper “Die Presse”.

“But if countries are also on a very good and positive path, such as Germany, there is definitely a possibility that bilateral agreement can be reached.” By doing this, she answered the question whether tourists come to Austria in summer and Austrians vice versa can go abroad.

Köstinger also warned that it is difficult to estimate how the next few months will develop. “There is no deadline, there could be further waves of infection.” And then it cannot be ruled out that “far-reaching measures must be taken again”.

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Köstinger said that one has to be prepared “that there will be a different kind of vacation this year”.

“But because we have a relatively good grip on the spread of the corona virus and, as the federal government, can already offer the prospect of easing the measures step by step, we also plan that there will be holiday tourism in the summer.”

The minister made clear the expectation that Austrians would go on holiday more domestically because of the Corona crisis. “But without foreign guests, we will have to accept losses.”

German tourists had booked more than 37 percent of overnight stays in Austria in the 2019 summer season.


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A first bank robbery with a protective mask, the green of the authorities, Ischgl instead of Ibiza and a saint Sebastian fighting the virus: while Austria comes out of the lockdown, the hour of the dominants strikes. .

Coronavirus: “Iceberg higher than expected” – Austria presents a dark figure study

C.hristoph Hofinger is a man that most Austrians usually only see on election evenings when he forecasts the results in the service of ORF. However, the corona crisis gave Hofinger’s research institute SORA an at least as explosive order: In collaboration with the Red Cross, a representative study was to find out how high the number of people infected with Covid 19 really is. This should enable the government to “see the whole iceberg” of the pandemic for the first time “and not just the tip”, as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the ÖVP put it.

It is an approach that has been discussed in Germany for weeks. If you don’t have enough capacity to test the whole population – why not take a sample and extrapolate the result to the whole population. Similar tests are still being planned in Germany.

The results of the so-called “Undisclosed figure study” in front. Christoph Hofinger published together with Austria’s Minister of Science Heinz Faßmann on Friday. The result of the survey among 1544 people: According to the study, the number of infected people is more than three times higher than officially registered. In detail: The proportion of those infected between the ages of 0 and 94 is 0.33 percent. That is around 28,500 people in relation to the Austrian population. At the time of testing, only 8,500 people were officially registered as infected.

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So Austria, unlike almost all other countries on earth, does it know how high its unreported figure is? Yes and no Because the range of fluctuation of the study is enormous: the percentage of infected people is somewhere between 0.12 and 0.76 percent, i.e. between 10,200 and 67,400 infected, with a 95 percent probability. The value of 0.33 percent, i.e. 28,500 infected, is the most likely value for the test date April 6.

The sample had already been criticized as too small prior to the study. The great uncertainty in the numbers suggests that it really is. However, the SORA managing directors defended their methodology as a “right compromise”. It would not only have taken longer to test more people, it would also have overloaded Austria’s test capacities. Science Minister Faßmann pointed out, among other things, that the sample of the well-regarded but regionally limited study in Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia was 1,000 people.

The geography professor, originally from Germany, praised the study as an important contribution to improving the database on which the Austrian government makes its decisions in the fight against the corona virus. “We are the first country in continental Europe to be able to present a prevalence study,” said the politician nominated by the ÖVP.

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So far, only Iceland has done a similar test. Upon request, the research ministers from Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Italy and Germany informed him that they were planning similar studies. Austria is a “role model and pioneer”. Germany also plans to start representative tests soon. However, the sample should then be significantly larger. There is talk of 100,000 people.

The Minister of Science summarized the conclusions that the Austrian government would draw from the study as follows: “The iceberg is higher than expected and we are not yet on the safe side.”

The number of those actually infected is significantly higher than that of those officially reported as such, but it is still well below one percent of the resident population. And from this low infection status in Austria, it can also be deduced that the country’s immunity status must also still be low – solely due to the relative novelty of the virus ’.

“The study shows us that our measures were the right ones, but we have to keep them for the next few weeks and months,” said Faßmann. “If the established form of social interaction takes place over Easter, it may well happen that due to the 28,000 infected people there will be an exponential growth again.” This could quickly lead to very large numbers again, since it is not yet significant Immunity rate would be slowed down. It must therefore be observed very closely how the gradual easing of the anti-corona measures, which start next week, will affect the infection numbers.

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The liberal opposition party Neos described the study as “a snapshot that says little about the infection”. The tests were important, her health spokesman wrote Gerald LoackerIn order to obtain meaningful data, the same group would have to be tested again and again at short intervals. And “really valid statements would only bring a real test strategy with a combination of PCR and antibody tests.”

Both the science minister and the study authors have always emphasized that the study participants – in contrast to the Heinsberger study – were only tested for their infection status, not for their immunity status. Fassmann said that he would “like to take antibody tests with him for further test waves that were still planned,” but the Medical University of Vienna had not yet been able to give him clear recommendations that were both safe enough and suitable in terms of methodology. The next test round will obviously continue to focus on PCR tests, i.e. throat swabs, restrict.

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At the end of his remarks, Christoph Hofinger, the “computer of the nation” again compared his work before Corona. “Unlike an election, we will never be evaluated exactly,” said the social researcher. “Nobody will ever be able to tell us how many people were actually infected at the beginning of April.” However, he promised to publish a study manual over the next few weeks that should enable a “critical and constructive” discussion. The Austrian study is part of a worldwide “struggle for reliable figures” to limit the bandwidth, said Hofinger. “We are happy that we can supply a mosaic stone for this worldwide mosaic.”


Corona Austria: Briefly puts the mask behind glass and says what’s coming

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Sebastian Kurz explains Austria’s further corona strategy

“The exit restrictions will be extended until the end of April,” said Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Kurz provided information about the other measures in a statement.

Austria wants to slowly ease its drastic measures in the fight against the corona virus right after Easter. This applies to trading – however, the exit restrictions will be extended until the end of April. Schools will also remain closed until May.

MWith a safety margin and behind a protective screen, Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) takes off his mask and announces the next steps in the corona crisis: after Easter, the slow path back to normal should begin. The aim is that from April 14, small shops as well as DIY and garden centers may reopen under strict conditions, Kurz said on Monday in Vienna. From May 1st, all shops, shopping centers and hairdressers should be allowed to reopen. Hotels and restaurants should follow in the middle of May at the earliest.

The exit restrictions will be extended until the end of April and the schools will remain closed until mid-May. Events should not take place until the end of June. In addition, wearing a face mask will not only be mandatory in supermarkets and drug stores, but also in public transport. This rule should apply from next Monday.

“The quick and restrictive reaction now also gives us the opportunity to get out of this crisis faster,” said Kurz. “However, only if we continue to consistently adhere to the measures and stand together as well as we have done so far.” Especially with a view to Easter, Kurz asked people to avoid further social contacts and keep a distance from each other. He added: “Stay with the people you live with.”

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Austria is thus one of the first European countries that want to loosen up their measures in the fight against the corona virus right after Easter. In Denmark, too, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has announced that he will probably want to gradually reopen the country after Easter. However, she has not yet presented a precise plan. In the Czech Republic, minor exemptions for trade are currently being discussed, but the minority cabinet is very controversial on this issue.

Measures in Austria are having an effect

Austria has been running at a minimum since March 16: With the exception of grocery stores and drugstores, the retail trade is closed and all bars and restaurants are closed. In addition, exit restrictions apply; standing together in groups is not permitted. In the particularly affected federal state of Tyrol, quarantine applies to all municipalities until Easter Monday. People are only allowed to leave their place of residence with good reason. In the state of Salzburg, too, communities are under quarantine, including the Saalbach-Hinterglemm, which is popular with winter sports enthusiasts.

Finally, it became clear that these measures are obviously working: The number of confirmed infections with Sars-CoV-2 has only been increasing slowly for several days, the number of Covid 19 patients in the intensive care units has stagnated. As of Monday, 8:00 a.m., there were 12,008 confirmed infections in Austria – this corresponds to around 136 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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The daily rate of increase in new infections was recently around two percent – compared to 20 percent and more at the beginning of the measures in mid-March. Since Saturday, the number of people recovering has also increased faster than that of the newly confirmed cases. Less than three out of 100,000 people in Austria are newly infected with Sars-CoV-2 every day.


Austria’s finance minister Blümel criticizes corona bonds

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In view of the pandemic, Italy and other heavily indebted countries are demanding that EU countries collectively go into debt with joint bonds. In the heated dispute, Austria’s finance minister now criticizes the procedure as “untrustworthy”.

EIB, ESM, ECCL, SURE – most Europeans may smoke in the head at what European countries have come up with as a compromise in the dispute over financial aid in the Corona crisis. The abbreviations are part of a package that the European capitals have put together in hectic crisis diplomacy in recent days. One sensitive topic is left out: corona bonds.

Since the pandemic in Europe has developed its full force, Italy and other highly indebted countries have demanded that EU countries collectively incur debts with so-called corona bonds in order to shoulder the high costs of the crisis. Fiscal conservative countries like Germany vehemently oppose this. They fear that the bonds could be the first step towards a fundamental communitization of European debt. Recently, the unusually sharp dispute had escalated.

On Tuesday, when the EU finance ministers join together for a video conference, they will talk about a compromise proposal in which corona bonds do not appear. Instead, the template for the ministers, which is available at WELT AM SONNTAG, provides for a bundle of different measures: These include loans from the euro rescue fund ESM and the European Investment Bank EIB and a program of up to 100 billion euros by the EU Commission to raise the money Provides funding for short-time work.

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With an agreement on Tuesday, the issue of corona bonds is not off the table, but only postponed. Two countries in particular are driving the issue forward: French finance minister Bruno Le Maire recently discussed recovery bonds, joint European bonds for the reconstruction of the European economy after the crisis. EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni had also asked for such joint bonds for European economic stimulus programs, as did the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Opponents of common European debts also take a stand. “It is not legitimate, under the guise of Corona, to warm up the ideas from five, ten or twenty years ago that were not implemented at that time for good reasons,” said Gernot Blümel, the Austrian finance minister. “There are no factual reasons for corona bonds. Even highly indebted countries can currently borrow cheaply, thanks in part to the rapid response of the European Central Bank. In this situation, swinging the moral club and complaining about a lack of solidarity in order to push through the long-sought-after communitization of government debt is dubious. “

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Instead, he advocates restricting the existing instruments, especially the accelerated credit lines of the euro bailout. Blümel is one of the last government politicians to take such a clear stance against common debts at EU level. The Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra, for example, is currently making milder tones after he was criticized at home for overly rhetoric in the debate.

Because Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz prefers to pull the strings in the background instead of speaking up, Blümel has the task of clarifying the position of the fiscal conservatives before the video switch. “There are plenty of ways to find a face-saving compromise on Tuesday,” says the politician. “We are happy to call EIB bonds corona bonds or ESM bonds. It is a question of labeling. It is crucial that no country runs the risk of being fully liable for everyone’s debts, and that would be ensured at both institutions. ”

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Spain, Switzerland, Austria: Coronavirus is spreading

Dhe novel corona virus is spreading not only in Italy but also in the rest of Europe. In Baden-Württemberg, for the first time, a patient has been shown to be suffering from the novel corona virus. It was a 25-year-old man from the Göppingen district, said the Ministry of Health in Stuttgart on Tuesday evening. He probably got infected during a trip to Italy in Milan.

After the positive test, the man should be taken to a clinic in the evening and isolated there. The contact persons are currently being identified and appropriate protective measures initiated. There are thus 17 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Germany. The man said he had flu-like symptoms when he returned from Italy and then reported to the local health department, the ministry said. Health Minister Manne Lucha cautioned: “Baden-Württemberg prepared for this case early on. All parties involved work closely and intensively together. “

In the evening it became known that a man from Erkelenz in North Rhine-Westphalia also fell ill. According to the authorities, his condition is critical. As the district of Heinsberg announced, the man had been admitted to the Hermann Josef Hospital in Erkelenz on Monday afternoon with symptoms of severe pneumonia. According to dpa information, the man is in his mid-40s, but suffers from a previous illness.

In Spain, a Covid-19 infection was detected on the mainland for the first time on Tuesday. According to the Catalan health authorities, the virus was discovered in a 36-year-old woman in Barcelona who visited Northern Italy a few days ago. Previously, the test by a doctor from northern Lombardy had been positive on the Canary Island of Tenerife. He had been on vacation there for a week. The 69-year-old Italian was placed in an isolation ward in a hospital in Santa Cruz together with his wife, who was later also tested positive. In Italy, the death toll has now risen to eleven, but the borders are said to remain open, according to the Italian Minister of Health.

On Tuesday, police officers also took a stand in front of the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel complex in the south of the island. The 69-year-old had spent his vacation with her there. About a thousand guests and employees are said to be staying in the four-star hotel. The Spanish TV broadcaster TVE reported that everyone in the hotel should be examined and not allowed to leave the complex for the time being. The guests were asked to stay in their rooms. As the news agency Efe reported, it is a health precaution and not a quarantine. The Spanish government called for prudence. One is well prepared for an emergency.

Search for contact persons

Infections with the novel corona virus have also occurred for the first time in Austria and Switzerland. In Tyrol, two 24-year-old people with relevant symptoms contacted the country’s control center on Tuesday. The two Italians from Lombardy, who live in Innsbruck, were isolated and treated in the university clinic there. “The expected has happened,” said an official in the Ministry of Health in Vienna.

The authorities were now trying to identify all contact persons in order to prevent further spread. Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) announced an “even closer network” of controls, Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner (ÖVP) asked for a list of the capacities, especially of management personnel, NBC defense and transport forces. Regardless, the right-wing FPÖ accused the government of “appeasement policies”. The FPÖ politician Herbert Kickl called for “illegal immigrants and asylum seekers to be quarantined from now on”. Because you know little about where they came from.