The situation for the government is somewhat complicated. The economy is putting massive pressure on, for example, to open the catering trade with entry tests. Then there is the entire cultural world that wants to resume its work. Last but not least, the sports organizations are pushing for relaxation in the amateur and leisure sector. Several provincial governors had also stood out in the past few days with opening requests, both from the ÖVP such as Thomas Stelzer (Upper Austria) and Johanna Mikl-Leitner (Lower Austria) and from the SPÖ such as Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ).
On the other hand, there are the medical experts who, for the most part, warn against easing the situation in view of the obviously more contagious British variant, which is already dominating the infection process. On the contrary, the traffic light commission has even recommended a withdrawal as soon as a nationwide incidence of 200 / 100,000 inhabitants is reached. The last time it was 149, it was already approaching the 200 mark in Lower Austria and Burgenland. It should be noted that the British variant first spread to the east.
The expansion of the tests also has a certain effect on the increase in the number of cases. Austria is now carrying out around 2.5 million tests per week and is thus in the top field worldwide, the government is pleased to say.