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“The baby elephant is alive!” – Anschober appeals to common sense

As a greeting, his spokeswoman said: The baby elephant was by no means “killed”. That would be “absurd” for a ministry that is also responsible for animal welfare. Therefore, according to the introductory words, he has now been reanimated.

Anschober immediately provides the proof – in the form of a cardboard display that was placed in front of his lectern: “He lives!”

He was not prescribed by punitive sanctions, “but we live it. We have got used to it, it is good for us.”

Reproduction factor is stable

As always, the Minister of Health starts the latest figures at the beginning of his press conference – and reminds that the pandemic is far from over. The global development is still dramatic, the numbers are increasing the most in the USA, Brazil and India. There was also strong growth in Serbia and Bosnia – these are countries in the Western Balkans that are considered risk areas.

How is Austria doing?

Although the number of infections per se is increasing, the reproductive factor is relatively stable at 1.07. “We were already a bit lower in mid-July, but it has dropped significantly again in the last few days.”

There have been 179 new infections in the past 24 hours. There were 78 cases in Vienna – together with Upper Austria it is the strongest federal state. Vorarlberg is at the “pleasing end” with 3 nine cases. 890,000 tests have been conducted since the crisis began.

Testing is currently being carried out primarily in the tourist areas, and screening (i.e. testing without cause) in risk areas and in health professions is also continuing. That should pay off: It turned out that 26 percent of the people who tested positive had no symptoms.

Almost no older people fall ill

Anschober has news about the age structure: In the starting phase up to March 15, there were many affected people of younger to middle age. As a result, there were relatively few seriously ill people. Then the age curve rose steeply: Between March 16 and April 11, more and more older people were affected. The largest bar that Anschober shows shows people aged 50 and over.

From April 12, the proportion of older people has remained, but the second largest group was then the younger ones.

Now, and that is “the greatest thing at all”, Anschober says: At the moment there are hardly any older people affected, but mainly younger ones. This is “great” because, as we know, the disease is milder or completely symptom-free in younger people.

Also in St. Wolfgang, where a cluster has recently formed, only interns or young employees in the hotel industry were affected, apart from one guest.

This should give younger people something to think about, Anschober emphasizes: they too can contract the coronavirus. He appeals to them: more risk awareness, more participation is needed. One should not behave correctly only “if the state decides”.

This is how the minimum distance, the baby elephant, should be lived. “I know for myself that it is not always easy to think about it,” Anschober says, and he also insists on mouth and nose protection. It is now “completely clear in science” that it is useful.

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