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Today in Austria: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday

Find out what's going on in Austria today with The Local's short round-up of the news.

Today in Austria: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
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Austria to continue using AstraZeneca – for now

Austria will continue to vaccinate using the AstraZeneca vaccine, after the country’s vaccination board recommended this action according to Der Standard newspaper, despite Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia and Latvia all pausing use of the vaccine.

Austria is waiting for the European Medical Agency decision expected on Tuesday, while the national vaccination committee is in favour of continuing vaccination – for the time being, according to the Wiener Zeitung newspaper.

Should Easter holidays be extended?

Austrian virologist Andreas Bergthaler is calling for Easter holidays to be extended for schools in reaction to around 500 new infections per day and increasing hospital numbers in Vienna, ORF reports. 

Thousands vaccinated in Tyrol

Around 42,500 people have been  vaccinated in the Schwaz district of Tyrol. The district received an extra 100,000 Biontech-Pfizer vaccines from the EU in response to an outbreak of the South African variant of the coronavirus.

The vaccination coverage is to be accompanied by a scientific study. As of Monday evening 185 people were infected with the corona virus n the Schwaz district.

The number of actively positive confirmed South Africa cases and suspected cases in Tyrol rose by six on Monday to 67 for the time being, ORF reports. 

Seven day incidence at 209

The seven-day incidence or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 209.8 in Austria. The number is still highest in Salzburg (274.7) and Vienna (268.1). The value is lowest in Vorarlberg (68) and Tyrol (141.6).

Restaurants and bars in Vorarlberg ‘well attended’

Restaurants and bars in Vorarlberg, which were allowed to open yesterday, were “well attended” according to broadcaster ORF. However due to the strict conditions for opening, only a third of restaurants opened, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

Chancellor Kurz to meet with other countries over vaccine strategy

Austria’s Chancellor Kurz will meet the PMs of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovenia fo a working meeting on vaccine distribution in Vienna today. Latvian and Croatian leaders will participate through teleconference, reports Die Presse .

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What’s on: Five things to do in Vienna this weekend

Vienna is full of events, places to visit and great new restaurants to try out. If you are overwhelmed with the possibilities or just wondering where you can find a cafe with a fireplace, here are some ideas.

What's on: Five things to do in Vienna this weekend

Haus der Musik

Austria and its capital Vienna are known for their connection to the world of music, from classical names to more recent rock, pop and hip hop creations. 

In Vienna, one of the best museums for all ages is the house of music, with information and many interactive experiences will teach you how sound is created and show you pieces from the city’s philharmonic. 

One of the highlights is the staircase between floors that acts as a piano allowing visitors to compose their music. 

You can find more information here.

Long night in the museum

Definitely one of the coolest events in any city. This weekend is the time to visit Viennese museums way after hours – the event is actually Austria-wide and you can check all participating institutions here.

On Saturday, the 1st of October, the “ORF Long Night of Museums” takes place. From 6 pm to 1 am, numerous museums open their doors and offer a diverse program for young and old. The regular tickets cost 15 euros, discounted tickets 12 euros and regionally limited tickets six euros. Admission is free for children up to the age of twelve.

You can find more information here.

Café Jelinek

As the weather gets colder and the weekend promises some rain, of course staying indoors is a good idea. Vienna is full of beautiful cafes to visit and enjoy, but Jelinek has a charm of its own.

The traditional coffee house not only has delicious food in a great environment, but visitors can also enjoy some warmth straight from the fireplace (no extremely high gas bills here!).

You can find more information here.

Vienna Comic Con 

This weekend, Austria’s capital is hosting the Vienna Comic Con. Comic fans can meet up and enjoy the event with some great guests. Besides famous comic artists, fantasy authors, and voice actors, there are cosplay guests and entertainment guests. One of them is Jack Gleeson, the actor who played Joeffrey in Game of Thrones. 

The comic con also has thrilling esports tournaments, free-to-play areas, and more. 

You can find more information here.

Visit a heuriger

Not ready to say goodbye to heuriger season just yet? There are many unique places still open and worth a visit before it gets too old outside. 

The classic suggestion is Heuriger Wieninger, in the 21st district. Besides the house wine, there’s a buffet with warm and cold dishes, all in the traditional ambiance of a heuriger. 

You can find more information here.

Do you know any other cool events happening in Vienna during the weekends? You can email us at [email protected] to share your tips and suggestions.

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