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Vienna sees 60 percent increase in ICU admissions in one week
ICU (intensive care unit) admissions are on the rise in Austria. Photo by MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP
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6 September 2021
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Talk of Austria’s ‘fourth wave’ of the pandemic appears to be no longer theoretical, with ICU admissions on the rise.
ICU admissions climbed by 60 percent in Vienna in one week to Sunday, September 5th. 
55 intensive care beds were being used on Sunday for Covid-related illnesses, an increase from the 34 beds in use just seven days before. 
Ten new ICU admissions were made on Sunday alone, the Vienna Health Agency said on Sunday. 
Unsere aktuellen #Covid19-Zahlen vom 5. September, Stand 11 Uhr: Intensivbetten 58 (+10 zum Vortag), Normalbetten 105 (-5), Post-Covid-Betten 10 (+/-0) #wiengesundheit​#CoronavirusAT
— Wiener Gesundheitsverbund (@wiengesundheit) September 5, 2021
At this stage however, authorities say the situation is not critical, with enough beds available to absorb further increases. 
In total, 36 percent of the ICU beds across Austria remain free. 
When the number of ICU patients in Austria hits 150, non essential operations will be postponed, thereby freeing up more space. 
READ MORE: Is Austria’s plan for vaccinated-only bars, gyms and restaurants legal?
Much of the rest of the country has also seen sharp increases in ICU admissions, with 43 people admitted across the country this week. 
The vast majority of those admitted have not been immunised. 
While figures from September 6th are not yet available across the country, Upper Austria provides an indication of the impact of immunisation. 
READ MORE: How to get vaccinated without an appointment in your Austrian state
In Upper Austria, 25 of the 28 admissions to the ICU for Covid-related illnesses were not vaccinated. 
In the same state, 52 of the 68 people admitted to hospital for Covid-related illnesses were also not vaccinated. 
Up to date figures on hospital admissions, Covid cases and vaccination rates can be found at this link
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