Health Minister says first two cases of coronavirus found in returning holiday-makers
There were 59 new cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic on Sunday. Six more than on Saturday. The daily increment exceeded one hundred in the previous four working days, but there are fewer tests on weekends.
Since March, when the COVID-19 disease began to spread in the Czech Republic, hygienists have confirmed 13,174 cases of the disease. 8,247 people had recovered. Currently, 4,575 people are ill.
The number of deaths with COVID-19 has remained at 352 since Thursday. According to information on the website of the Ministry of Health.
The number of currently ill patients increased slightly to 4,575 on Sunday. Most of them have a mild course of the disease. There are now 128 patients in the hospital with coronavirus. 15 of them are in serious condition.
According to experts, the virus does not spread uncontrollably in the Czech Republic, new infections do not appear in most districts, and local outbreaks are in the Karviná, Frýdek-Místek, Kutná Hora and Jihlava regions.
The Czech Republic has already registered the first infection cases of people returning from summer holidays abroad, but the Ministry’s website does not show this statistic. According to Sunday’s statement by the Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch, these are two cases from Croatia. The minister also identified Bulgaria and Greece as countries at risk. According to him, people should consider this risk when traveling to these popular coastal states and protect themselves preventively.
In Croatia and Bulgaria, the number of infected people has been increasing in recent days, and the Czechia is monitoring the situation there and continues to consider them as a low-risk country. Of the EU member states, only Sweden remains in the category with a high risk of infection. After returning from Montenegro and Serbia, Czechs must take a COVID-19 test from today, or enter a two-week quarantine.
In the Czech Republic, the number of infected people began to increase significantly at the end of June, when the disease spread to the Karviná region. The daily increase then exceeded three hundred. On weekdays last week, daily increments exceeded 100, with 143 cases added on Friday, the highest in July. The number of detected cases is related to the number of tests on a given day. On Saturday, the laboratories performed 1,985 of them, while on weekdays it is more than twice as many. The share of infected people in the total number tested was 2.67 percent. The Ministry will release the Sunday number of tests today at 17:30.
In the Karviná region of the Moravian-Silesian Region, which is now most affected by the disease, they recorded 84 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants last week. The disease spread in the district mainly among workers of the OKD coal company and their relatives. Outbreaks also occurred in local companies in other affected areas. In the neighboring Frýdek-Místek region, there are 36 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. In the Ostrava region, it is 16, in the Kutná Hora region in Central Bohemia 37, in the Jihlava region in the Vysočina region 22 and for example, in Prague and its surroundings over five.
Among the regions, the most infected so far have been recorded in Moravia-Silesia, where 3,727 cases of coronavirus have been detected since the outbreak. In Prague, it is more than a thousand less cases, and in the least affected South Bohemian region, laboratories have so far detected 211 patients. With COVID-19, most people died in Prague; there were 109 deaths. The fewest deaths are recorded in the Zlín Region, specifically three deaths. The Ministry of Health registers the last victim on Thursday, but the data may still change retroactively.
The government has repealed most of the measures in recent weeks due to the favorable development of the disease. Some restrictions, such as wearing veils or restrictions on mass events, continue to apply in the affected districts and in Prague. Today, the mandatory wearing of masks is being introduced by the Jihlava municipality when entering the office buildings. It is also probable that masks could again be mandatory in public transport.