Czech Republic reports 5,394 new COVID-19 cases
The Czech Republic reports 5,394 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the most in a single day since the beginning of the country’s epidemic. So far, 4,525 confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been added, about 1,400 more than on a record Thursday at the same time. The number of deaths from coronavirus disease rose by 29 to 898 by early evening, of which 18 died today. According to the Ministry of Health’s latest data, there was a growing number of hospitalized patients in hospitals on Thursday, 1893, by 152 more than on Wednesday. Four hundred twelve patients are in serious condition, 46 more than the previous day.
The number of confirmed cases broke the record for the third time this week. The next one will probably be on Friday. In total, over 105,000 people have been infected with coronavirus since the beginning of March, when the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in the Czech Republic.
About 51,700 have already recovered, and about 52,700 people are currently suffering from the infection, so there are now more active cases. In recent days this ratio has been the opposite.
Laboratories performed 17,188 tests on Thursday, about 6,000 less than on Wednesdays and Tuesdays. Among those tested, Thursday was the most since the beginning of the epidemic, 31.4 percent.
Most of the COVID-19 has recently spread in the Uherské Hradiště region. In the last seven days, there have been about 484 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants. The second most significant increase is in Náchodsko, with 445 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and in Liberec with 391 cases.
“The situation in the Czech Republic is not good. We continue to face a high number of increases, which are also exponential. I call on all citizens to respect the measures we have introduced or will implement,” said Health Minister Roman Prymula in a press release today. According to the Ministry of Health, COVID-19 is already spreading in the community in five regions. The third degree of risk with the color red on the map is Prague, Central Bohemia, South Moravia, Zlín, and Hradec Králové region. The others are orange.
Today, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš warned against the further tightening of measures against the disease’s spread. According to him, there may also be a so-called lockdown. Additional restrictions were implemented today, causing losses to restaurants, fitness centers, and zoos. Further tightening is planned Monday.