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October 16, 2020 Politics

Czech Republic reports new record daily increase in coronavirus cases

Czech Republic reports new record daily increase in coronavirus cases - Czech Points

The Czech Republic set a new record for daily coronavirus with 9,721 on Thursday. The highest daily increase since the onset of the pandemic. There are currently 84,430 patients, 2920 of whom require hospitalization, according to the Ministry of Health.

Since the covid-19 epidemic outbreak, over 149,000 people in the Czech Republic have been infected with the novel coronavirus. Since the beginning of October, tests have confirmed the infection in 78,251 of them.

More than two-fifths of the total number of those infected have already recovered. In contrast, 1,230 people died with coronavirus, of which 559 since the beginning of the month and 24 on Thursday.

According to the Ministry of Health’s latest data, there are 2,920 people with covid-19 in hospitals. Doctors assess the condition of 543 patients as severe. Compared to the beginning of October, the number of hospitalizations increased by almost 1,900 cases.

Due to the ever-increasing number of hospitalized patients with covid and infected paramedics, the state tries to provide backup beds outside the hospital. The army is to start building a field hospital with a capacity of up to 500 beds at the exhibition center in Letňany, Prague, over the weekend, and more space should be created elsewhere. The Czech Republic and other countries offer help. For example, neighboring Bavaria is ready to help the Czech Republic, and it is willing to accept patients with severe coronavirus.

The disease continues to spread the fastest in the Plzeň-sever district, where approximately 610 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants have been recorded in the last seven days. It is followed by Uherské Hradiště with 607 cases, Příbram with 545 and Liberec with 533 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week.

Due to the unfavorable development of the coronavirus epidemic, stricter anti-epidemic measures have been in force throughout the Czech Republic since Wednesday. All schools from primary to tertiary have switched to distance learning, except for children with special needs. Restaurants, bars, clubs are closed, cultural and sports events are prohibited. A maximum of six people can gather.

In connection with the spread of coronavirus, almost three-fifths of Czech citizens were concerned about their health in September, according to a survey conducted by the Center for Public Opinion Research (CVVM). Nearly three-quarters of people are also worried about the health of their loved ones.