Major restrictions on going out during the day in Austria Corona Virus November 18 at 5:32 a.m.
In Austria, the spread of the new coronavirus has increased rapidly, and on the 17th, regulations have been strengthened, including banning in-store operations for all stores except 17 shops that handle daily necessities, and significantly restricting them from going out during the day.
In Austria, we have taken measures such as banning the operation of restaurants throughout the country from the 3rd of this month, but since the spread of infection has not been stopped, regulations have been strengthened from the 17th.
The new measures will significantly limit outings and meetings with people, excluding commuting, hospital visits, and health walks, not only at night but also during the day, and will prohibit in-store operations at all stores except supermarkets, pharmacies, and banks that handle daily necessities.
These strict regulations have been imposed all over the country since March, and on the 17th, when regulations began, most of the shops were closed in downtown Vienna, and the number of people passing by was greatly reduced.
A man who sells famous grilled chestnuts at stalls in the downtown area said, “It’s a catastrophic situation. There are only about 10% of people compared to the usual year. There is no expectation that customers will come,” said another man, while another man said, “We should restrict going out. I hope the police will crack down more severely.”
The new outing regulations will be in place until 6 next month, and the Austrian government wants to put a stop to the spread of the disease before the full-scale Christmas season, when consumption activity is considered to be the most active in a year.
Infections in Austria
In Austria, which has a population of about 8.9 million, the number of infected people has skyrocketed since last month, and the number of infected people per day exceeded 5,000 late last month.
In response to this situation, the Austrian government began measures such as banning in-store operations of restaurants from the 3rd of this month, but since then, the number of infected people has increased, and on the 11th of this month, the number of infected people per day has exceeded 9000, the highest number ever.
Doctors appeal “ICU is the limit”
Austria’s medical system is relatively substantial, but with the number of people infected with the new coronavirus skyrocketing, the government is growing concerned that the hospital’s ICU may exceed the capacity of intensive care rooms.
In western Tyrolea, one of the most serious areas in the country, where more than 85 percent of intensive care rooms are used to treat patients with the new coronavirus, doctors are starting efforts to post videos on social media and call on citizens.
In the video, doctors call on citizens to work together to wear masks and distance people from each other, as they are in danger of destroying the medical system beyond the ICU’s capacity.
Dr. Stefan Eschelzhoober told NHK in an interview, “If this situation continues, the number of patients who need to enter the ICU may double in the next week. If we don’t improve the situation now, we won’t be able to treat patients.”
Infections and Regulations in Europe
In Europe, the spread of the new coronavirus is spreading rapidly in each country, and there are a number of countries that take measures such as restrictions on going out from last month.
In France, which has the highest number of infected people in Europe, the number of people infected per day exceeded 10,000 in September and exceeded 60,000 on the 6th of this month.
The government has taken step-by-step measures since 17 last month, banning nighttime out after 9 p.m. in some areas, such as Paris, and restricting daytime outings nationwide from the 30th. As a result, the number of people infected per day has been declining, falling below 10,000 on the 16th of this month, and the government has said that a series of measures are taking effect.
However, the number of patients who become severely ill has not decreased, and as of the 16th, more than 4,900 people nationwide are being treated in the ICU intensive care room, and most of the patients with the new coronavirus account for most of the number of beds in the intensive care room before the spread of the infection, and about 5,000 beds.
In the UK, more than 50,000 people have died of the virus, the highest number in Europe. In England, where London is 1, citizens have been restricted from going out since the 5th of this month, and in principle they have taken strict measures, such as banning retail stores from operating except for stores that deal with daily necessities.
In Italy, the infection has spread rapidly since last month, and nighttime outings have been restricted throughout the country since the 6th of this month. In addition, seven areas, such as Lombardy in northern Milan and Campagna in southern Naples, are designated as the most severely infected areas, restricting them from going out not only at night but also during the day, and retailers and eateries other than 3 shops that handle daily necessities are generally prohibited from operating.
Belgium is one of the most severely spreading countries in Europe, infecting about one in 20 people. In addition to the prohibition of going out at night and early in the morning and the suspension of business in principle of restaurants, from the 2nd of this month, all stores are prohibited from operating except stores that handle daily necessities.
Professor Shibata, Tokyo Medical University “Strong Measures to Control Infection: A Little Delay”
As for the rapid spread of the new coronavirus infection in Europe and the United States, Professor Atsuro Shibata of Tokyo Medical University, who is familiar with infectious diseases overseas, said, “The infection has been spreading rapidly since autumn, when it became cold in temperate areas of the northern hemisphere, such as Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. Especially in Europe, I think that the feeling of lying over the first wave of spring, whether there was a loosening of mind due to the long-running epidemic, and whether the government’s strong measures to control the infection were delayed a little, which led to the spread of the infection.”
As for the scale of the spread of infection in Europe and the United States, he said, “In the United States, more than 100,000 people are reported in a single day, about the same as Japan’s previous total, and the scale of the spread is in order of magnitude. In Europe and the United States, basic infection measures such as wearing masks and avoiding smuggling are not always thorough, and this has become a difference in the infection situation with countries in Japan and East Asia.”
Regarding measures in Japan, Professor Shibata said, “In order to prevent the spread of viruses brought in from overseas, it is necessary to thoroughly observe the health of returnees at the corporate and individual level, as well as water-level measures such as quarantine. In the future, it will be a full-fledged winter and the infection is likely to spread, so it is most important to continue to avoid three dense areas, wear masks, wash hands and disinfect thoroughly.”