Czech Republic reports 7,853 new COVID-19 cases
On Thursday, the number of new covid-19 cases in the Czech Republic was the lowest since 8 February, with 7,853 new coronavirus cases, which was a quarter less than the previous Thursday. According to the Ministry of Health, the number of people infected since the beginning of the epidemic last spring has exceeded 1.5 million.
The number of hospitalized with a covid fell to 7,965 on Thursday, the lowest since the end of February. On Thursday, 40,770 doses of covid-19 were vaccinated, almost a fifth less than a week ago.
Since 1 March, when the first coronavirus infections were recorded in the Czech Republic, 1,503 million cases of covid-19 have been confirmed. During the entire epidemic, 25,639 people died with covid-19.
Compared to the previous week, the share of confirmed cases in the number of tests performed decreased on Thursday. Approximately 127,000 antigen assays and 26,000 PCR assays were performed. In the so-called diagnostic indication, when people who are already showing symptoms, for example, are tested, the share of positives on Thursday was 27.3 percent.
The previous Thursday, it was 32.5 percent. In the epidemiological indication of tests, where people are tested, for example, for possible contact with the infected, the proportion of positives decreased from about 15.5 to 14.5 percent compared to last week. For tests performed for preventive reasons, which make up the vast majority of trials, 0.8 percent were positive. The previous Thursday, it was 0.9 percent.
Last week’s number of hospitalizations rose to almost 9,500, which was the most during the entire epidemic. Since then, the number of people with covid-19 in hospitals has been gradually declining. There were patients in serious condition on Thursday, 1860, which was at least in about three weeks.
However, the ministry’s statistics do not include patients who do not show symptoms of covid-19 after ten days. The number of occupied hospital beds is therefore higher. According to data from previous days, in the Czech Republic, only 13 percent of beds were available for ARO and ICU and 23 percent of standard beds with oxygen.
The ministry did not publish the current data today. It announced that it is adjusting the structure of data on hospital capacity and posting current data on Monday.
According to data from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), Czechia has the second-highest number of people infected from European Union countries in the last 14 days per capita. For every 100,000 inhabitants of the Czech Republic, there are 1,328 cases of covid-19 in two weeks. The worst situation is in Estonia, with 1521 infected.
Czechia is the worst in terms of the number of deaths. According to the ECDC, there have been about 274 deaths per million inhabitants in the country in the last two weeks. Hungary was in second place in the tables with 252 dead and third in Slovakia 217.
The number of vaccinated against covid-19 in the Czech Republic has been falling for a whole week.
Most European Union countries are currently facing a shortage of vaccines due to lower supplies of vaccines from some companies.
According to today’s statement by the Minister of Health Jan Blatný, the Czech Republic still has significantly more benefits than it can still apply.
According to the minister, about 1.8 million doses of vaccines have arrived in the Czech Republic so far, and 1.5 million have been given to people by Thursday evening, according to the ministry. So far, over 418,000 people have received both required benefits.
The value of the risk index of the anti-epidemic system PES, which previously governed measures against the spread of covid-19 in the Czech Republic, is still at 59 points today, which corresponds to the third of the five levels of risk.
Today, compared to the previous day, the so-called reproductive number, which shows the rate of spread of the disease, has slightly decreased from 0.84 to 0.81. It has been below the break-even value of one since 9 March.