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Survey: Every third person in Austria is afraid of 5G
Survey: Every third person in Austria is afraid of 5G
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According to a survey by the online price comparison platform durchblicker.at 39 per cent of the surveyed people ones are against the establishment of 5G radio masts, as results from a questioning of 1.200 households in the second half of August. Ten percent are afraid of 5G, 26 percent are "a little bit" afraid of it. Two thirds of those who express concerns cannot give a concrete reason for their fears.

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Austria sees second wave of Covid-19, mandates masks in public indoor places
Austria sees second wave of Covid-19, mandates masks in public indoor places
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Austria has seen a rise in Covid-19 infections, reporting 869 cases on Saturday. Masks will be mandatory in most public indoor places from Monday on, including all stores, museums and government buildings. Events will be limited to 50 attendants indoors and 100 attendants outdoors if no fixed seating is available. Events with spaced seating will be limited to 1,500 attendants inside and 3,000 attendants outdoors.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said he expected that the stricter measures will stay in force "for a long time", and Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler said that the government wants to avoid a second lockdown.

Politics • European • Austria
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.

Politics • European • Austria
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.

Business • Economy
Austria reports 20% decline in sales of new cars since beginning of 2020
Austria reports 20% decline in sales of new cars since beginning of 2020
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The Austrian car sales are heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to a -67% and -65% decline in sales in March and April. The market since then recovered to a low of -18% in June and went back to -20% in August.

The statistics are based on the registration number of new cars per month.

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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.

Business • Economy
Report: 45 of 58 Austrian publicly traded companies have all-male boards
Report: 45 of 58 Austrian publicly traded companies have all-male boards
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According to a report from the consultancy Ernst & Young out of 58 Austrian companies that are publically traded at the stock exchange, only 13 have a female board member. In total out of 191 board members, only 14 are female.

Every fourth company does not fulfill the quorum of 30%.

Politics • European
Police launches formal investigation over vigil in front of Graz synagogue

About 30 citizens of Graz had stood in front of the synagogue on August 22, the night after the attack on the president of the Jewish community, Elie Rosen.

Tristan Ammerer from the Greens party has now received a notification that the police has launched a formal investigation because "the sidewalk had been used for purposes other than traffic and the vigil had not been reported to the respective authority" in addition "civilian surveillance forces" had observed that Ammerer had not paid attention to the Covid-19 protective measures such as masks and distance.

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Austria: Viennese Greens party pushes for 35-hour week for 65,000 city employees
Austria: Viennese Greens party pushes for 35-hour week for 65,000 city employees
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The Greens party in Vienna has voiced that of the main demands for a future red-green coalition in the city is the reduction of working hours for all of the city's 65,000 employees to a 35-hour week without any loss of pay.

This includes garbage collection workers, employees in the care sector, kindergartens or administrative staff.

According to a calculation by the Greens, the measure would cost the city around 350 million euros. The reduction in working hours would also create an additional 7,000 jobs in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, says Judith Pühringer, a Greens candidate for the upcoming elections.

Sports
MotoGP: Oliveira takes maiden win in Austria
MotoGP: Oliveira takes maiden win in Austria
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Portugal's Miguel Oliveira scored his maiden win in a dramatic MotoGP race on Sunday in the Grand Prix of Styria. This was also the first win in the class for Portugal and Tech 3. Olivera snatched the win in the last corner from Jack Miller and Pol Espargaro. The race was marked by another high-speed crash, with Viñales jumping off his bike at over 200km/h after losing his brakes.

Fabio Quartararo continues to lead the championship. Andrea Dovizioso is in second and Jack Miller is now third.

Health
Austria: Cancer treatments during the lockdown drop by 20 per cent
Austria: Cancer treatments during the lockdown drop by 20 per cent
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A first, preliminary study has found that in the case of cancer treatments in Austria, hospital stays have fallen by 20 per cent because many examinations were postponed, but also because these patients belong to the risk group and may therefore not have dared to go to the hospital according to Karin Eglau of Gesundheit Österreich GmbH.

In the case of heart attacks, there were 25 per cent fewer stays, in the case of accidents even 50 per cent fewer. Hospital stays due to strokes; on the other hand, have only decreased minimally.

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MotoGP: Dovizioso takes Austria win
Álex Márquez. GP de Austria 2020
Álex Márquez. GP de Austria 2020 Credit: Box Repsol (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso took a thrilling win on the Red Bull Ring this Sunday. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) had his first-ever podium finish and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) was third. The race had to be restarted after a horrific crash by Morbidelli and Zarco, both lucky to escape with no big injuries. Their bikes collided at high speed and nearly hit Viñales and Rossi, who managed to avoid crashing. The victory for the Italian Dovizioso comes just one day after he announced that he will part ways with the factory Ducati team at the end of the season.

Quartararo leads the standings from Dovizioso, Viñales, last weekend's winner Binder, and the legend Valentino Rossi.

Law
Covid-19 patient gets fined €10,800 for repeated breach of mandatory quarantine in Austria

The Austrian Innsbruck Regional court has imposed a fine of €10,800 on a 54-year-old woman from Germany. The woman had previously tested positive for Covid-19 and broken her mandatory quarantine. The police in Schwaz in the region of Tyrol had warned her three times before filing a formal complaint. As a consequence she then has been charged for deliberately exposing people to communicable diseases.

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Austria mandates Covid-19 test for entering the country from risk areas
Austria mandates Covid-19 test for entering the country from risk areas
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According to the Austrian Ministry of Health a 14-day home quarantine will be mandatory after visiting or coming from a risk area, even if a negative Covid-19 test result can be shown.

The ministry stated that "the possibility of using the 14-day home quarantine instead of a PCR test will no longer exist for entries from countries with entry restrictions". Austrian citizens and people living in Austria can in "justified exceptional cases" undergo a Covid-19 test within 48 hours of arriving in Austria, all others need to present a test result at the border which is less than 72 hours old.

The final official regulation text and the list of areas classified as risk areas is still due to be published by the ministry.

Health
Austria reinstates mandatory masks in grocery stores, banks and post offices
Austria retailer Interspar
Austria retailer Interspar Credit: Herzi Pinki / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Starting Friday, masks and face coverings will be mandatory in Austrian supermarkets, banks and post offices amid rising Covid-19 cases. The mandate had been lifted in mid-June for most public indoor places except in public transport, medical facilities and small spaces such as hair salons.

The country has reported between 80-130 daily cases for the past week, its highest numbers since mid-April.

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EU leaders reach deal on €750 billion coronavirus recovery package
EU leaders reach deal on €750 billion coronavirus recovery package
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Following the fourth night of talks, EU leaders have struck a deal on a huge post-coronavirus recovery package involving €750 billion in grants and loans to counter the impact of the pandemic in the 27-member bloc. The deal includes as well as a seven-year €1 trillion EU budget.

Member states were split between those hit hardest by the outbreak -- Spain and Italy --, and those more concerned about the costs of the recovery plan --Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Finland. While the first group wanted a minimum of €400 billion in grants, the later set €375 billion as their upper limit.

The €390 billion figure was suggested as a compromise, and "frugal" nations were reportedly won over by the promise of rebates on their contributions to the EU budget.

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European Court of Justice declares "Privacy Shield" regulation for unlawful
European Court of Justice declares "Privacy Shield" regulation for unlawful
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The European Court of Justice follows the argumentation of a lawsuit made by the Austrian lawyer and activist Max Schrems and declares the "Privacy Shield" unlawful. The pact has until now regulated how companies can share data of European citizens with companies in the United States.

Other regulations based on so-called standard contractual clauses are not affected by the decision. Still, data transfer needs to be suspended if it seems given that the contractual agreements can't or won't be fulfilled in the data receiving country.

Sports
F1: Hamilton wins Styrian GP
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton Credit: Formula One (Twitter Reproduction)

Lewis Hamilton won the Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, followed by his teammate Valtteri Bottas and by Red Bull's Max Verstappen. With the win Sunday, Hamilton has now won at least one race in all of his 14 seasons in Formula One.

Charles Leclerc tweeted an apology to Sebastian Vettel and the Team Ferrari after a collision on the first lap retired both cars from the race: "I am disappointed in myself. I'm sorry but being sorry is not enough. Seb hasn't got any faults today. I've let the team down after them working a whole week to bring the updates early. Too eager to gain those places in the first lap. I will learn from it.".

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F1: Bottas wins Austrian GP plagued by technical failures
F1: Bottas wins Austrian GP plagued by technical failures
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Bottas, Leclerc and Norris took the podium this afternoon with outstanding performances. Several cars proved unreliable at the first race of the season, allowing Leclerc and Norris to climb up the ranks during the race. Lando Norris achieved the fastest lap at the very end of the race in a McLaren car to take the first podium of his career.

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F1 drivers divided over support for Black Lives Matter movement as some drivers kneel and some do not
F1 drivers divided over support for Black Lives Matter movement as some drivers kneel and some do not
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Before the Formula One season-opening race in Austria, multiple drivers took a knee in support of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police brutality.

While all drivers wore shirts stating "Black Lives Matter" or "End Racism", six drivers did not kneel and kept standing. During a virtual meeting, the drivers previously couldn't agree on a unanimous conclusion regarding taking the knee, making it an individual decision.