Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations: 10 confirmed cases of Covid-19

Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations: 10 confirmed cases of Covid-19

VIENNA, 1 April 2020 - On 31 March, the Austrian authorities confirmed that a person working at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the Vienna International Centre (VIC) was Covid-19 positive. The person, who was tested on 27 March, had been out of the workplace since 6 March 2020. Contact tracing is being conducted. Personnel not contacted by the Austrian authorities are not considered to be at risk.

This brings the total of Covid-19 cases among VIC community personnel to 10 (eight who had been working at the VIC and two staff members working at the IAEA’s Seibersdorf Laboratories who tested positive on 25 March).

All personnel working at the VIC are urged to report cases to the VIC Medical Service.

The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now routinely exceeds 97 percent.

On 30 March, Austria’s Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, announced three new measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus:

  • More protection for vulnerable groups: for example, they will not have to go to work if they can work from home or they can be placed on leave;
  • To ensure better compliance with the existing measures, police will be more stringent. There have already been more than 10,000 police reports on violations, including 2,000 just last weekend. Police will not hesitate to fine people if they do not comply;
  • Face masks must be worn in supermarkets, once the masks have been delivered. They are compulsory from 6 April.

The main Vienna-based organizations  - UNOV/UNODC, IAEA, UNIDO and CTBTO - instruct all Vienna International Centre (VIC) personnel to comply with the new Austrian regulation on face masks.

The Austrian authorities reported that, as of 21.00 on 1 April, 10,668 people had tested positive with Covid-19 in Austria. The death toll stands at 146. There have been 55,863 tests.

Please find update from 7 April 2020 here.

Please find update from 20 March 2020 here.

Please find update from 17 March 2020 here.

Please find update from 16 March 2020 here.

Please find update from 13 March 2020 here.

Please find update from 12 March 2020 here.

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