Czech Republic reports 14,780 new coronavirus cases
There were 14,780 new coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic on Thursday, which is about 2,900 less than on record Wednesday. Since the beginning of the epidemic in March, tests in the Czech Republic have revealed over 800,000 positive cases. Currently, almost 145,000 people are affected by the infection, the most so far. According to data from the Ministry of Health, more than 7,300 patients were hospitalized on Thursdays, and nearly 1,100 are in serious condition. The epidemic index PES remains at 86 points today, the third day.
Epidemics in the Czech Republic have intensified in recent days, with daily increases in new cases on Tuesday and Wednesday, exceeding 17,000. According to realistic predictions, the number of hospitalized will exceed 11,000, in the risk scenario, almost 15,000. At the height of the last wave of the epidemic at the turn of October and November, there were about 8,200 people in hospitals.
The current statistics added 179 deaths with the covid-19 disease. A total of 12,800 people have died since the beginning of the epidemic. So far, there are about a hundred deaths on Thursday, compared to about 150 deaths in the previous days. About 960 people have died with the covid since the beginning of the year.
Laboratories in the Czech Republic have performed over 981,500 antigen tests since November, and the number of PCR tests since the beginning of the epidemic in March has exceeded four million. On Thursday, 36,115 PCR tests were evaluated, with almost 41 percent positive. This week, the highest positivity was so far on Wednesday, over 45 percent, on January 1, more than half of the tests were positive.
The development of the covid-19 epidemic in the Czech Republic will be assessed this morning at a press conference by the Minister of Health, Jan Blatný. On Thursday, the government decided that the measures would remain at the PES system’s strictest level until at least January 22. However, Minister Blatný did not rule out further tightening. According to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, the cabinet will ask the Chamber of Deputies to extend the emergency state by another 30 days.