Czech Republic reports its highest daily number of coronavirus cases
On Tuesday, a record of 1163 new daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic broke the previous record of 796 last Friday. Also, the number of cases today again broke the record according to the Ministry of Health. The number of currently ill patients, which is 9767, is also record-breaking. In most of them, the disease is mild. In recent weeks, however, there has been a significant increase in hospitalizations with COVID-19.
Over the past month, the number of hospitalizations has doubled, and the number of people in serious condition has tripled. According to the latest data, 244 people were in the hospital on Tuesday, 57 in serious condition.
Over 15,000 coronavirus tests were performed on Tuesday, the most since the beginning of the epidemic in the Czech Republic. However, due to the high number of cases detected, the proportion of new cases of COVID-19 in the number of tests reached about 7.6 percent, which is the second-highest proportion since the end of June.
Since the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic, 30,576 people became infected with coronavirus, of which over 20,000 have recovered, and 444 have died. The number of currently ill patients has been steadily growing since mid-July when there were over 2,000. At the end of August, hygienic stations registered over 5,500 infected. Last week, the pace of growth accelerated, with inflows repeatedly recording record highs.
The number of people who need to be treated in hospital for COVID-19 is also gradually increasing. In the last 14 days, the number of hospitalized has increased by a hundred, and the number of patients in serious condition has almost doubled.
The Czech branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) considers the spread of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic to be worrying. They warned that the country should not limit the tracing of contacts infected to those with symptoms or a severe infection course and increase capacity. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš rejected the criticism and told the organization to keep quiet. The Minister of Health, Adam Vojtěch, emphasized that the Czechia will not stop tracing, but he wants to change and make the system more efficient.
At the end of August, Chief Hygienist Jarmila Rážová told Czech Television that hygienists were prosecuting up to 400 new coronavirus infection cases per day. After strengthening the hygiene stations and the involvement of medics and thanks to the operation of the information line 1221, which has been operating again since September 1, she estimated that 750 new infected people should be traced daily.
Prague has 102 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past week, and the incidence of the disease was similar in the Plzeň-jih district. The director of the Regional Hygiene Station in Pilsen, Přemysl Tomašuk, announced extraordinary measures on Tuesday in Nová Ves in the Pilsen region due to the increased incidence of COVID-19 disease. People must wear masks or respirators in public places; they must keep their distance; they must not gather. The restaurant and the municipal office have closed to the public, cultural, social, and sports events, and private celebrations may not be held.
From September 1 onwards, the obligation to have a mouth and nose covered in public transport, offices, and medical and social facilities applies throughout the country. Today, the central medical team decided that from Thursday, September 10, they will have to wear veils in offices, shops, companies, offices, and all other indoor areas of buildings throughout the Czech Republic.
Only Spain, France, Croatia, Romania, and Malta are worse off in the European Union than the Czechia. Development is better in neighboring countries.