The Braunau district, which has the worst vaccination coverage in Upper Austria, is confronted with exit controls for the third time since the beginning of the pandemic. Corona-related exit controls have also been in place in Lower Austria since Saturday: The districts of Melk and Scheibbs are affected here.
The mean seven-day incidence in the Braunau district has been above the 400 mark, which is decisive for the low vaccination rate in the district, for almost a week. The fact that no exit controls have yet been issued was only due to the number of intensive care patients in the Upper Austrian hospitals. By the weekend, this was less than 34 and thus less than ten percent of the capacity in the state. On Monday, however, the critical value was exceeded, 37 corona patients required intensive care treatment – five more than the day before. This means that all requirements for exit controls are met.
Such controls only took place in the Braunau district from September 18 to 28, but the vaccination rate at that time was still below 50 percent and therefore 300 was considered the critical incidence value. The vaccination rate has now risen to 52.1 percent, but the district is still clearly at the bottom in Upper Austria (58.7 percent). Already from April 5th to 11th there was a pre-emptive exit test for the first time.
This value is higher in the Gmunden district (658.2) than in the Braunau district, where the current seven-day incidence on Monday was 557.8, and it is also high in the Freistadt district (508.1). These two districts, however, have a significantly higher vaccination rate: In Gmunden it is 60.4 percent, which is why exit controls only become effective if the seven-day incidence averaged over seven days is 600, in Freistadt (59 percent) the threshold is based on high incidence – Federal decree at an average of 500.