Czech Republic reports 4,377 new COVID-19 cases
There were 4,377 new coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic on Monday, about a thousand less than last Monday. There are about 2,900 more new cases than Sunday, but fewer tests are done on the weekend. More than 83,000 people are currently infected, most of whom have a mild course of the disease. 5,296 patients were hospitalized on Sunday, 125 less than on Saturday. The number of deaths with covid-19 rose to 7360, according to the Ministry of Health. The anti-epidemic system PES remained at 57 points today.
Since Monday, the Czech Republic has been in the second-highest risk level, and anti-epidemic measures have eased slightly. The score reached the third stage on Monday. Before that, it was four days in the fourth stage at 62 points. According to the Ministry of Health, the decrease in the score was due to the decline in the tests’ relative positivity. A significant reduction in the proportion of positive tests resulted from the inclusion of antigen tests, with the result confirmed by the PCR test in the last week. “This is completely in line with the methodology recommended by the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC),” said Health Minister Jan Blatný on Monday. On Sunday, out of almost 7,000 tests for coronavirus, 21.6 percent of the samples tested positive. In the previous two weeks or so, normal values were between 25 and 30 percent.
Since March, when the disease began to spread in the Czech Republic, tests have shown coronavirus in 496,638 cases. About four-fifths of those infected so far have been cured. The spread of the disease has been weakening in the last two weeks or so. Even at the turn of October and November, the daily increases of infected people rose to 15,000. Last week the growth only once exceeded 6,000.
The number of hospitalized is also gradually declining. In early November, when the second wave peaked, more than 8,200 infected people required hospital care, and about 1,200 had a severe disease course. Of the 5,296 patients in hospitals, 828 are now in severe condition. Hospitals can now resume planned non-acute surgeries that have had to be postponed in recent weeks due to the growing number of coronavirus patients.
Since the beginning of November, more than 3,800 people have died with the covid, almost 1,000 more than in the whole of October. In six days of November, the daily number of deaths exceeded 200. Most people with covid died on November 3, namely 257. Last week, the daily number of deaths ranged between 101 and 156, with 62 deaths on Monday. However, the ministry still mostly revises the data from the last days.
At present, the infection is most widespread in the Havlíčkův Brod region, where they have recorded approximately 582 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. The Svitavy region follows it with 465 cases and the Chrudim region, where the infection was detected in 464 people per 100,000 inhabitants in the last week.
According to four criteria, the development of the epidemic in the Czech Republic is evaluated by the PES system. The score calculation is based on the value of the reproduction number, the average number of others infected from one positive test, the share of positives from all daily tests in the last seven days, and the number of infected per 100,000 general and senior population. A declining or increasing trend also plays a role. According to the score, the country is included in one of the five levels to which the measures are linked.