Czech Republic reports 5,200 new COVID-19 cases
New cases of coronavirus increased by more than 5,200 on Thursday, which was at least on a working day since mid-December. The number of people hospitalized with covid fell by 500 to 6,144 patients, the lowest since mid-February. “The epidemiological situation is slowly improving. We do not yet see the effect of Easter, which can still confuse us with those numbers,” the minister said. According to him, most regions are already reporting a decline in hospitalizations. For example, some wards in Central Bohemian hospitals are returning to normal operation; the first ward blocked by a covid was renewed today by the University Hospital Hradec Králové. Most hospitals in the Pilsen Region have abolished the mass disability.
As the epidemic slows, so does the number of deaths, but they still remain in triple digits daily. So far, more than 27,600 people have died from the disease in the country. In terms of per capita in the last two weeks, Hungary now has the highest number of deaths in the EU (356 per million inhabitants), the Czech Republic is in third place behind Bulgaria with 210 deaths. According to the number of coronavirus infections in the last 14 days, the Czechia is the fourth worst in the EU.
Although the number of vaccinated on Thursday was still a record, in mid-March, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) said that the goal is to vaccinate 100,000 people a day after Easter. The capacities of vaccination centers and surgeries where general practitioners are vaccinated are sufficient for such a pace, but there are few vaccines. So far, 1,971,079 people have received at least one dose, 663,000 people have been vaccinated with both required doses. From Monday, the remaining chronic patients who have not yet had access to it will be able to register for vaccination. From Wednesday, people over the age of 65 will also be able to report. A large-capacity vaccination center will be launched in Prague on May 3 at the O2 universum, and about 7,000 people will be able to administer the vaccine in a day, the prime minister said after today’s tour of the center. The center was originally expected to become operational this week.
According to Babiš, the Czechia will have to prepare a vaccination strategy against covid-19 for the years 2022 and 2023 from October. A qualified vaccination team should be set up at the Ministry of Health. The Minister of Health told journalists today that the Czechia will not go the Slovak way in the matter of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. He won’t import it until he has the “papers” in order. The vaccine was imported to Slovakia some time ago, but the local drug agency has not yet issued an opinion on it, arguing that the manufacturer did not provide a significant part of the required data. Sputnik V is not yet registered for use in the EU. Arenberger asked the Domestic State Institute for Drug Control (SÚKL) for information about Sputnik. According to him, the materials are now being assembled.