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As the last few regions in Austria reopened restaurants and hotels today, the country reported fewer than 2,000 new coronavirus cases, the lowest number since October.

Austria saw 1,792 new infections in 24 hours, down from daily highs of around 13,000 daily cases in late November – a trend that stands in contrast to rising cases across much of Europe.

In response to a massive fourth wave of infections, the small Alpine nation went into a 20-day lockdown on November 22. National lockdown restrictions were lifted for vaccinated people on December 12, but remain in place for unvaccinated people.

The latest case numbers show the benefit of the lockdown, especially as the omicron variant has led to rising cases elsewhere across Europe. Austria's seven-day rate of new infections now stands at 215 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared with a high of 1,100 per 100,000 late last month.

In addition, the number of patients in intensive-care units has also dropped, although more slowly than the case numbers. Currently, 475 people are being treated in ICUs, down from a high of 664 in early December.

Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/coronavirus-omicron-christmas-lockdown-uk-booster-shot-infections/

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