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Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany confirms that Vienna will likely be declared Covid-19 risk area
Germany confirms that Vienna will likely be declared Covid-19 risk area
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According to a report by STANDARD the German government has stated that "since September 5, there have been significantly more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants [in Vienna], so we feel compelled to take action".

The Austrian newspaper states that a final decision to declare Vienna a risk area will likely be made Wednesday afternoon.

Lifestyle • Citytrips
Cluj-Napoca, a city in Romania, in the finals for European Capital of Innovation
Cluj-Napoca, a city in Romania, in the finals for European Capital of Innovation
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The finals include the following cities: Espoo (Finland), Helsingborg (Sweden), Leuven (Belgium), Valencia (Spain), Vienna (Austria), and Cluj-Napoca (Romania).

The winner of the competition, to be announced on September 24, receives €1 million, which is to be used in consolidating activities which innovate the infrastructure. The five runners-up will receive  €100,000 each.

Regional News • Europe • 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.

Regional News • Europe
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.

Regional News • Europe
Vienna discusses ban of most cars from inner city
Vienna discusses ban of most cars from inner city
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The Vienna city council for transport Birgit Hebein from the Greens party and the district leader Markus Figl from the ÖVP party are reportedly working on plans to establish a ban for cars in the inner city. The current plans reportedly only exclude residents, residents, suppliers, police and emergency services and public transport. The ring road will not be included in the bans.

Climate & Environment
Higher-than-usual radioactivity detected near Baltic Sea, origin and source unknown
22 /23 June 2020, RN #IMS station SEP63 #Sweden🇸🇪 detected 3isotopes; Cs-134, Cs-137 & Ru-103 associated w/Nuclear fission @ higher[ ] than usual levels (but not harmful for human health). The possible source region in the 72h preceding detection is shown in orange on the map.
22 /23 June 2020, RN #IMS station SEP63 #Sweden🇸🇪 detected 3isotopes; Cs-134, Cs-137 & Ru-103 associated w/Nuclear fission @ higher[ ] than usual levels (but not harmful for human health). The possible source region in the 72h preceding detection is shown in orange on the map. Credit: @SinaZerbo (Lassino Zerbo), via Twitter

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization has detected slightly increased levels of isotopes produced by nuclear fission near the Baltic Sea. The CTBTO is a network of hundreds of monitoring stations checking for nuclear weapon tests worldwide but is also able to identify other nuclear activities. One CTBTO station detected higher-than-usual levels of the radionuclides caesium-134, caesium-137 and ruthenium-103 earlier this week that are "certainly nuclear fission products, most likely from a civil source," but "it’s outside the CTBTO’s mandate to identify the exact origin," so a spokesperson of the Vienna-based CTBTO.

Nuclear fission products are atomic fragments that are left after an atom is split into two or more smaller nuclei and are radioactive.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Austrian Airlines gets €450 million bailout
An Austrian Airlines Boeing 767-300ER departing JFK Airport
An Austrian Airlines Boeing 767-300ER departing JFK Airport Credit: Adam Moreira (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The Austrian government announced today that it is granting Austrian Airlines €450 million bailout that will protect Vienna as a transit hub and safeguard carrier's jobs.

Ministers told during a press conference the structure of the bailout will be €300 million in loans by a banking consortium, 90% of which to be guaranteed by the government, and €150 million in direct grants.