In the first half-year of 2020, the number of new passenger car registrations decreased by 35.9% compared to the same period of the previous year (first half-year 2019: -8.8%), as Statistics Austria reports. Thus, the current half-year-results showed 63 122 fewer registrations than in 2019 (175 909). From January to June 2020, fewer cars were registered in all months: January -9.1%, February -10.9%, March -66.7%, April -64.9%, May -33.9% and June -18.0%.
Between 1 March and 30 April 2020, some 15 107 people died in Austria. For 588 deaths, COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death, accounting for 3.9% of all deaths in this period. Thus, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the reference period almost completely corresponds to the Federal Epidemiological Reporting System (596 deaths as of 23.6.2020).
The lockdown in Austria and numerous other countries due to COVID-19 was reflected in the Austrian International Trade in Goods Statistics (ITGS) with sharp falls in both trade flows in April. In the period January to April 2020, total imports amounted to €47.97 bn and total exports added up to €47.37 bn, according to preliminary results by Statistics Austria. Compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, Austrian imports decreased by 11.3% and Austrian exports declined by 9.3%. The global ITGS balance showed a deficit of €0.61 bn. Working-day adjusted, the rates of decrease were 11.4% for imports and 9.6% for exports.
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