Source: China State Council Information Office
Daily coronavirus cases in Austria topped 7,000 for the first time on Thursday since the pandemic began, according to data published by the country’s Interior Ministry.
Compared with Wednesday’s 6,211, which was a new high for the Alpine country, the daily caseload has jumped by over 1,000, reaching 7,416.
In addition, 41 more patients have succumbed to the virus, taking the death toll to 1,268.
So far, there have been 132,515 positive COVID-19 test results, and 80,604 patients have recovered.
Currently, 2,737 people are in hospitals for coronavirus treatment, 407 of them in intensive care units, data showed.
Experts say that the second lockdown, which has been in effect since Tuesday, will only show its effect in a few days in the form of possibly falling infection numbers.
In an interview published by the Austrian newspaper Kurier Thursday, Alexia Furnkranz-Prskawetz, professor of mathematical economics from the Institute for Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OAW) said that it depends on people’s reaction how long the lockdown will last.
“But it shouldn’t take longer than spring, because the longer and stricter a lockdown, the less society may support it,” she said to the Kurier.
As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, countries including Germany, France, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are racing to find a vaccine.
According to the website of the World Health Organization, as of Nov. 3, there were 202 COVID-19 candidate vaccines being developed worldwide, and 47 of them were in clinical trials.