Czech Republic reports 14,554 new COVID-19 cases
Laboratories on Thursday in the Czech Republic confirmed 14,554 new cases of coronavirus infection. It’s less than Tuesday and Wednesday and 28 less than a week ago, which is the fifteenth highest daily increase since the beginning of the epidemic. There were 8,153 people with covid in hospitals on Thursday, 261 less than on Wednesday, but 700 more than a week ago. One thousand seven hundred thirty-five of them are in serious condition. It follows from the data of the Ministry of Health.
The reproduction number for today has dropped to 1.045 and is the lowest in the last 18 days. At values above one, the epidemic intensifies.
Since the beginning of the epidemic last March, 21,325 people have died in the Czech Republic with a proven covid-19 disease, of which 9,385 since the beginning of this year. So far, there are 638 deaths in four days in March. More detailed data from hygienic stations show that about 90 percent of deaths occur in the elderly over 65. In recent weeks, however, the number of dead and younger years has increased. Tests for the year of the epidemic have so far revealed 1.299 million infected in the Czech Republic.
The worst epidemic situation is now in the Kolín region. There are 1302 newly confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days—followed by the Tachov region with 1216 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week.
The onslaught on medical facilities in the Czech Republic connected with the epidemic of the new coronavirus is still great. There were 8,153 people with covid in hospitals on Thursday. It was 261 less than on Wednesday, but about 740 more than a week ago. More than 1,700 patients were in severe condition on Thursday, the third day in a row. Statistics hospitalized on the Ministry’s website do not include patients who do not show coronavirus signs after ten days, so the total number of occupied beds is higher.
The capacity of intensive care is approaching depletion. The Karlovy Vary region currently has no available beds in the ARO and ICU for patients with covid, Plzeňský has one bed, Liberecký two and Pardubický three beds. The Central Bohemian and Ústí nad Labem regions also have less than ten beds. According to data from the ministry, there are 159 vacant intensive care beds for covid patients throughout the Czech Republic.
Vaccination against a new type of coronavirus, which began on 27 December, continues in the Czech Republic. To date, medics have administered over 771,000 doses. Approximately 255,000 people received both required doses. 10.7 million people live in the Czech Republic.