“The new increase in infections is just coming. Soon we will be counting 20,000, maybe even 25,000 people infected per day. The lockdown came too late, we are now experiencing an infestation in Austria that can hardly be stopped, ”says the doctor, who praised the measures taken by the Vienna city government. Due to the strict rules imposed early on, the metropolis would now be in a better position than other federal states.
But measures are already being taken at the Vienna General Hospital, the largest hospital in the republic: Preparations are being made to convert normal wards into COVID wards. “We assume that the numbers will also increase in Vienna,” the AKH doctor explains the delay: Only now, in the next few days, will those corona patients who were already in the past week, i.e. before the Decision of lockdown.
“In ten days we will know more,” says the doctor: It is then clear how much the corona virus has spread. At the height of this wave, he reckons with 20,000 to 25,000 infections per day. His concern: “A certain percentage then also needs intensive care.”
The recent weeks have shown: “There are a lot of vaccinated people in the normal wards, but there are significantly fewer vaccinated people in the intensive care beds than unvaccinated people.” The advice of the AKH doctor: “As soon as it is possible, all Austrians should get the third vaccination. That is actually a game changer. “
Because of this situation, the medical professional is not really confident that the lockdown will end on December 13th: “The federal government just has to follow the numbers.” For this reason, too, it is clear to him: the schools will be closed and face-to-face teaching will end soon.