Czech Republic reports 2,309 new COVID-19 cases
On Wednesday, there were 2,309 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic, approximately the same as Tuesday. There is now a record of 28,048 infected in the country. Most of them have a mild course of the disease, but some require hospitalization, and the number of victims is increasing. There are 628 patients with coronavirus in hospitals, 120 of whom are in serious condition. So far, 555 people have died from COVID-19, which is about 130 more than in early September. Since March, laboratories in the Czech Republic have detected 55,464 infected people, 26,861 of whom have recovered. According to the Ministry of Health.
The number of infected has increased significantly in the last two weeks or so. On Tuesday, September 8, the daily increases in coronavirus confirmed cases exceeded one thousand for the first time, last Wednesday in 2000, and on Thursday in 3000. At that time, the laboratories recorded 3126 positive tests, the most in one day so far. Since the beginning of September, more than 30,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have arrived in the Czech Republic.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the ministry has registered a maximum of death units with COVID-19 per day. But that is changing now. In the last three days, the number of victims has been in double digits. Fourteen people died with coronavirus on Monday, the most so far. There were ten victims on Tuesday and 11 on Wednesday. Also, these figures may change retroactively. However, the ministry points out that the statistics include the deaths of all people who tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of the cause of their deaths.
Minister of Health Roman Prymula said that there is a need to involve capacities in hospitals that have not yet been set aside for patients with COVID-19. According to him, the number of hospitalized is growing, and, for example, beds with fans in Prague hospitals are almost full. Since the beginning of September, the number of patients hospitalized with coronavirus has more than tripled, and three times more people are in serious condition.
The worst situation in the last seven days is in Prague and its surroundings. In the district of Prague-East, there are 200 infected per 100,000 inhabitants. In the capital, there are 195 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The third most affected region in the past seven days is Liberec, where laboratories have revealed 182 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants. There are now about 30 districts in the Czech Republic, with more than 100 infected per 100,000 cases. According to Prymul, the so-called traffic light, a map evaluating regions according to the risk of infection, no longer makes sense. It’ll be all red in two weeks, he said.
The Ministry of Health has expanded emergency measures to spread the disease. From today, restaurants and bars are closed from 22:00 until 06:00. The number of spectators at outdoor sports and cultural events is also limited to 2,000, and indoor to 1,000 people in multi-sector events. Both measures are currently announced for two weeks. Outdoor standing events can only take place with the participation of 50 people. Indoor events are still prohibited for more than ten people. Exceptions are meetings of constitutional bodies, courts, exhibitions or markets, and fairs.