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Austria reports 2,435 Covid-19 cases, highest daily record
Newly identified cases of confirmed SARS-CoV2 infection per day of diagnosis in Austria.
Newly identified cases of confirmed SARS-CoV2 infection per day of diagnosis in Austria. Credit: AGES Dashboard

Austria has recorded new 2,435 Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours on Thursday, its highest daily record since the start of the pandemic. The country has seen a steady increase in cases since September,

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Over 8,800 descendants of NS victims show interest in Austrian passport
Over 8,800 descendants of NS victims show interest in Austrian passport
Credit: Österreich man / Public domain (Public Domain)

Since September 1, descendants of victims of the Nazi regime with foreign citizenship have been able to obtain Austrian citizenship by means of a so-called notification. As of Thursday, Austrian representations abroad have already received almost 8,800 inquiries via the online questionnaire provided for this purpose, as the Foreign Ministry informed the Austrian Press Agency upon request.

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Austria triples expenditures for security of Jewish institutions

Instead of the current funding contract, the Austrian government plans on determining the funding for the security of Jewish institutions by law in the future.

In addition, it is planned that the founding will be more than tripled to around €4 million.

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Austria reports first Covid-19 cases in schools days after reopening
The Andersen Kindergarten in the Hügelpark in Hietzing, Vienna
The Andersen Kindergarten in the Hügelpark in Hietzing, Vienna Credit: Herzi Pinki (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

According to a spokesperson of the government "there are no major clusters at educational institutions" after three cases of Covid-19 have been reported in three different schools in Vienna and 13 cases at multiple kindergartens.

The classmates of the infected students now need to go into quarantine for ten days since their last contact with the infected person.

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Austria starts regular operation of facial recognition technology

After an approximately one-year trial period the facial recognition system of the Ministry of the Interior of Austria has went into regular operation.

According to the ministry the system has been used 581 times so far and 83 criminal suspects have been identified by the software.

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Austrian Chancellor Kurz announces that he wants to "prevent another lockdown"
2020 Sebastian Kurz Ministerrat am 8.1.2020 - adaption: Added background and blur
2020 Sebastian Kurz Ministerrat am 8.1.2020 - adaption: Added background and blur Credit: Bundesministerium für Finanzen (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced in a statement that during the next week "further measures" will be decided on with the goal to "prevent another lockdown". According to him at this point there is more information about the Covid-19 virus that enables "accurate measures".