Covid: Austria suspends compulsory vaccination mandate (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Austria suspends compulsory vaccination mandate. “Austria has decided to suspend its mandate for compulsory Covid-19 vaccinations for over-18s, days before it was due to start enforcing it. It was the first EU country to adopt the measure. The government now says it considers it disproportionate to the threat posed by the Omicron variant.”

Covid in Austria: Mass protest in Vienna against measures (BBC)

BBC: Covid in Austria: Mass protest in Vienna against measures. “Police say about 44,000 people rallied in the capital, Vienna, the fourth straight weekend of demonstrations. Last month Austria became the first western European country to reimpose a lockdown for those who are vaccinated, which ends on Sunday. But restrictions will continue for unvaccinated people.”

UnHerd: Inside the Austrian lockdown

UnHerd: Inside the Austrian lockdown. “Mia and Christopher are Austrian circus performers. From their home in Vienna, accompanied by their dog, Magic, they go off to take part in theatrical shows large and small around Europe, from the Royal Albert Hall to private parties, sometimes juggling fire, sometimes trapeze, sometimes simply with stunning displays of balance and strength. Perhaps the least interesting thing about this talented young couple is that they are unvaccinated against Covid-19. When I meet them at their house in a wooded suburb outside Vienna, I am almost embarrassed to ask about it. But they carefully explain how, for reasons of mistrust, caution and, as they see it, integrity, they have decided not to take the Covid vaccine — and how this fact is suddenly defining their whole lives.”

CNN: Austria announces Europe’s first nationwide vaccine mandate and reimposes lockdown as Covid-19 soars

CNN: Austria announces Europe’s first nationwide vaccine mandate and reimposes lockdown as Covid-19 soars. “Austria is going back into a national lockdown and plans to become the first country in Europe to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for all eligible people as the nation’s coronavirus crisis deepens, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced Friday.”

Covid: Austria orders nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Austria orders nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated. “Austria is placing millions of unvaccinated people into lockdown from Monday amid record infection levels and growing pressure on hospitals.’We are not taking this step lightly but it is necessary,’ Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said. Unvaccinated people will only be able to leave home for a limited number of reasons, like working or buying food.”

Washington Post: Austria aims to ‘green light’ lockdown for unvaccinated citizens amid infection surge

Washington Post: Austria aims to ‘green light’ lockdown for unvaccinated citizens amid infection surge. “The government of Austria, one of Central Europe’s least vaccinated nations, said Friday that it will meet this weekend with the aim of implementing lockdown measures for people who have not been immunized against the coronavirus, as infections and hospitalizations have surged in recent days. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg will host the meeting on Sunday but did not say when such measures might take effect, although he said it was likely to be rolled out nationally. Two of Austria’s hardest-hit provinces — Upper Austria and Salzburg — said they will introduce the measure for themselves on Monday, Reuters reported.”

Coronavirus digest: Austria to apply tough restrictions on unvaccinated (Deutsche Welle)

Deutsche Welle: Coronavirus digest: Austria to apply tough restrictions on unvaccinated. “Austria is set to restrict entry to many public places for anyone not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Under new rules that go into effect nationwide on Monday, those who cannot provide proof of full vaccination will not be allowed to enter places like restaurants, bars and hairdressers. Unvaccinated people will also be barred from hotels, events with more than 25 people and ski lifts.”

Mashable: Nude art is getting censored on social media for a tourism board. So they went to OnlyFans.

Mashable: Nude art is getting censored on social media for a tourism board. So they went to OnlyFans.. “Vienna, Austria’s capital city, is known amongst other things for a rich history of art, measured by its many museums and infamous artistic revolt. But the tourist board found obstacles in its path to promote the city’s art, particularly the works that feature nudity. Turning to OnlyFans as a solution, Vienna has featured its ’18+ content’ on the site from artists known for ‘provocative’ portraits, some nude, like Egon Schiele, Richard Gerstl, and Amedeo Modigliani, saying it is providing ‘these artworks the freedom they deserve’.”

BloombergQuint: Covid Cover Up? Court Rules on Austrian Pandemic Party Town

BloombergQuint: Covid Cover Up? Court Rules on Austrian Pandemic Party Town. “A massive Covid-19 outbreak at the hard-partying ski resort of Ischgl was covered up and then downplayed by Austrian officials to save last year’s lucrative spring season, a Vienna court was told on Friday. The Consumer Protection Association (VSV), a group spearheading the legal action, alleges the failings made the resort an early ‘superspreader’ of the virus in Europe as 11,000 tourists from all over the continent skied, danced and drank, unaware of the outbreak, before returning home and taking Covid-19 with them.”

The Local: Austria privacy group files complaint against Google

The Local: Austria privacy group files complaint against Google. “An Austrian online privacy campaign group said Wednesday it has a filed a complaint against Google over what it says is a tracking code ‘illegally’ installed on Android phones. The complaint from NOYB relates to Google’s Android Advertising Identifier (AAID) and has been lodged with the CNIL, France’s data protection authority.”

Cartoon Brew: Stream 100 Films For Free (Wherever You Are) At The Best Austrian Animation Festival

Cartoon Brew: Stream 100 Films For Free (Wherever You Are) At The Best Austrian Animation Festival. “On February 1, this set-up will be replaced by Best Austrian Animation’s brand-new online database — the culmination of years of archiving. The database will serve as a permanent research platform about contemporary animation from Austria. Ultimately, every film ever shown at the festival since 2013 will have an entry containing information, visuals, and in some cases the entire film.”

COVID-19 in Austria mapped: New tool projects trajectory of virus in Austria (Imperial College London)

Imperial College London: COVID-19 in Austria mapped: New tool projects trajectory of virus in Austria. “A new COVID-19 analysis tool that estimates which districts in Austria could become coronavirus hotspots has been launched by Imperial. The website tool, uses reported cases and deaths to estimate the probability any of the 94 political districts of Austria will become COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ in the next three weeks.”

ORF Online: Wien Museum shows 47,000 objects online

ORF Online, and translated from German: Wien Museum shows 47,000 objects online. “There are currently objects from Otto Wagner’s drawing estate, more than 400 works by Gustav Klimt, photographs by Trude Fleischmann and Robert Haas, large unpublished photo holdings on political Vienna in the 1970s and often sought-after images from the topographical photo collection and the Topics coffee house, Prater, Revolution 1848 and rulers. In addition to known holdings, the search often also yields numerous surprising hits, the museum announced.”