Czech Republic reports 1,218 new COVID-19 cases
Health workers on Thursday administered the second highest number of doses of vaccines against covid-19 in one day, there were 85,621. The total number of vaccinated doses is close to four million, with almost 1.1 million people who have completed vaccinations. The daily numbers of newly confirmed cases of covid continue to decline, with laboratories revealing 1,218 infected on Thursday, at least on weekdays since mid-September. In the week-on-week comparison, the increase is about 350 cases lower, compared to Wednesday it is about fifty less. This follows from data on the website of the Ministry of Health. The number of covid cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a key indicator for disintegration, continues to decline, having fallen from 82 to 79 to date.
In recent days, the pace of vaccination has accelerated, yet it is still not possible to exceed the planned limit of 100,000 vaccinated daily. Since last week, the number of vaccinated has remained above 70,000 vaccinated per day on working days. There were more vaccines per day than on Thursday a week ago, when healthcare professionals administered 87,743 doses of the vaccine. Over 80,000 doses a day were vaccinated last Friday and this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Vaccination began at the end of last December, since then medics have administered 3,992,027 doses by Thursday evening, and 1,094,338 people have completed vaccination. People aged 40 to 44 will be able to register for vaccination from midnight on Sunday. After that, according to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES), the possibility of vaccination will be open to all those over 16 years of age.
It is vaccinated in the country with four vaccines, from Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. About 79 percent of the doses were from Pfizer / BioNTech, less than 11 percent from AstraZenec and about a tenth from Moderna. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which has been vaccinated for about three weeks and which, unlike the others, uses only one dose, received more than 21,000 people on Thursday night.
A total of 1.651 million people have been confirmed in the country since last March, most of them have recovered, and 29,857 people with proven covid-19 have died. The number of newly infected in the Czech Republic has been declining since the beginning of March, when they rose to almost 17,000. Since the beginning of May, there have been an average of over 1,400 cases per day, the April average being over 3,100 positive tests per day, and in March it was 9,660 newly infected per day. The number of people lying with a covid in a hospital is also slowly declining, on Thursday there were 1,578, of which 319 were in a difficult condition. In a week-on-week comparison, there are about 650 fewer hospitalized, and the number of patients in serious condition decreased by 85 compared to the previous Thursday.
However, the statistics do not include patients who are already negative, but still require hospital care, so the burden on hospitals is actually much greater. According to the ministry, about 6,100 standard oxygen beds were available this morning, representing 26 percent of the total. The bed with artificial lung ventilation is unoccupied by approximately 670, ie 29 percent.
Laboratories performed fewer tests on Thursday, and in a week-on-week comparison, their number is falling every day this week. On Thursday, the ministry registers over 179,000 of them, a week ago it was about 50,000 more. The number of PCR tests dropped to almost 13,000 and antigenic to 166,000. The proportion of diseases detected in preventive tests, which make up the majority of the total, remains at 0.12 percent. In the so-called epidemiological indication, where people are tested, for example, for possible contact with an infected person, the proportion of positives is around 2.4 percent. In the diagnostic indication, when people with symptoms, for example, are tested, it has risen from six to 7.17 percent.
Due to the improving epidemic situation, anti-coronavirus restrictions have been gradually relaxed in the country in recent weeks. Today, the government will deal with the rules for traveling to neighboring countries during a coronavirus pandemic or the conditions for opening restaurant gardens. The Minister of Health Petr Arenberger (for YES) announced on Thursday that from Saturday the Czech Republic will recognize mutual confirmation of vaccination against covid-19 with Poland, Hungary, Austria and Germany.