Austria’s national lockdown prohibits touristic travel to the country until December 13. Many other European countries are considering following suit, with Germany saying that another lockdown isn’t out of the question.

The World Health Organization (WHO) displays data up to and including November 19, at which point Austria had 14,212 cases confirmed in 24 hours.

This might not sound like a lot when compared to the 46,858 cases recorded in the UK during the same 24-hour window. But, cases are relative to the number of people who live in the specified location and also to how well governments can foresee their hospitals being able to tackle the virus.

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There is a difference between a country’s worst stage of its outbreak and those reporting the most infections. Countries also have different ‘peaks’ depending on their previous rates of infections and their capacity at containing the virus. According to Reuters, Austria is currently at its peak and still rising.

Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Finland are all at their respective peaks. Comparisons will depend on how the countries report their Covid count and what breakthrough number of cases they reached in previous waves.

However, Austria isn’t the country in Europe with the highest case rate, despite being at its peak. Slovakia on November 20, reported 1.76k cases per one million whilst Austria reported 1.49k.

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Highest Covid rates in Europe per 1 million people compared with UK

  • Slovakia – 1.76k
  • Slovenia – 1.56k
  • Austria – 1.49k
  • Czech Republic – 1.33k
  • Belgium – 1.19k
  • Netherlands – 1.16k
  • Croatia – 1.1k
  • Hungary – 870.47
  • Ireland – 864.1
  • Denmark – 663.06
  • Greece – 644.39
  • UK – 597.56
  • Germany – 574.5

Can you still travel?

Even though the red-list was stripped bare in the UK, many countries are re-imposing travel restrictions as cases rise. You are still able to travel to most of the countries that are ‘at their peak’ although you are advised to travel with caution.

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said that the red list is “under constant review”.

Flights from Heathrow Airport are still plentiful and you can still travel to many European countries, provided you have a negative Covid-19 test, a passenger locator form and proof of vaccination.

However, your experiences when you arrive in these countries might not be what you were expecting for a festive break. Austria is actually closed to non-essential travel until mid-December and the Netherlands has entered a three-week partial lockdown whereby restaurants and bars close at 8pm.

In Germany, Munich’s Christmas market has been cancelled and the country is on the precipice of instating another lockdown.

Although flights are still leaving, travelling becomes increasingly more difficult if you are not vaccinated, with countries such as Germany, Austria, Greece and Slovakia introducing tight restrictions that would see unvaccinated individuals not able to attend restaurants or cinemas, for example.

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