Czech coronavirus cases exceed 22,000
Over 22,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Czech Republic since the beginning of the epidemic. Today, 135 more have been added to a total of 22,056. Approximately three-quarters of those infected have already recovered, while 415 people have died with the new coronavirus. There are currently 5,299 patients, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
In most infected people, the disease is mild. On Sunday, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš stated on Facebook that there are 119 people in the hospital with COVID-19, 24 of whom need intensive care. The ministry has not yet published more up-to-date data.
On Sunday, there were 135 new cases of coronavirus detected. . It was the highest increase in infection since the end of June, when the OKD mines in the Karviná region became COVID-19 hotspot.
Over the past week, laboratories in the country have detected more than 1,900 infected. On Friday, even the daily increase exceeded the limit of 500 cases, which is a record so far. At the weekend, the increase in new infections is usually lower. The reason is the smaller number of tests performed. This Sunday, the laboratories made 2202 of them, while on the working days of last week, their number ranged from Monday’s 6980 to Friday’s approximately 9600.
The most positive cases in the last seven days per 100,000 inhabitants are in the Kolín region, 45. Uherské Hradiště is second with 39 cases and Prague, where there are about 37 infected per 100,000 inhabitants in the last week. The only region in the country without a new case in the past seven days is Domažlice. According to Roman Prymula, an epidemiologist and government commissioner for health science and research, outbreaks are not large, but are relatively widespread.
According to epidemiologists, the return of children and students to schools and people on holiday in September could worsen the coronavirus situation in the Czech Republic. From September, face masks will be mandatory on public transport, in offices, in health and social care facilities, at indoor events, and at polling places during the October elections.