Czech Health Ministry will urge a second booster for seniors this autumn

A regularly updated article with all the latest developments related to the Covid-19 pandemic in the Czech Republic.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 04.04.2022 16:06:00 (updated on 22.05.2022) Reading time: 45 minutes

This is a weekly overview of the latest coronavirus news for Prague and the Czech Republic. Here you'll find important developments, organized by date, and updated daily by Expats.cz as well as a live data stream taken from the Ministry of Health. A regularly updated list of restrictions can be found here.

For a more detailed breakdown of Covid hospitalization, vaccination, and mortality data for the Czech Republic, see CovData.cz.

Latest COVID Statistics

Confirmed cases on 21.05.2022: +85

Active cases: 2 044

Currently hospitalized: 164

Tests yesterday: 1 413

Vaccinations yesterday: 335

Confirmed cases total: 3 918 064

Recovered total: 3 875 754

Vaccinated total: 6 961 224

Tests total: 21 835 564

Deaths total: 40 266

COVID 19 - New cases for last
Data valid as of 18:28:01 22.05.2022
Source: https://onemocneni-aktualne.mzcr.cz

May 22, 2022

Week-on-week number of Covid cases rises slightly

The Czech Republic reported 85 new Covid cases yesterday, a slight increase from the previous Sunday's 69 cases, according to the latest data provided by the Czech Health Ministry. There are currently 2,044 known active Covid cases in the Czech Republic, with 164 of those cases among patients in Czech hospitals.

May 21, 2022

Daily number of new Covid cases continues steady decline

The Czech Republic reported 326 new Covid cases on Friday, a week-on-week decrease of 143 cases, according to the latest data provided by the Czech Health Ministry. The latest numbers continue a trend of steadily decreasing Covid rates in the Czech Republic over the past two months. The number of tests conducted also continues to decline, with 3,877 tests performed yesterday.

May 20, 2022

Covid continues to recede

There were 359 new Covid cases, compared to 520 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 71 suspected reinfections. Both new cases and reinfections increased slightly from the previous day. Hospitals treated 176 Covid patients including six serious cases. This is down from last week’s 270 patients and 14 serious cases. No deaths were reported, and Wednesday’s figure was revised to three. The seven-day toll is nine. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 2,114 vaccine doses were applied including 1,721 boosters and 229 people completing vaccination.

Weekly incidence in Prague down to 44

The reproduction number R is 0.72. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 22, down from 24 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 44, down from 45 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region at 11, down from 13 a day earlier.

May 19, 2022

Fewer than 10 Covid deaths in a week

There were 356 new Covid cases, compared to 590 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 66 suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 190 Covid patients including eight serious cases. This is down from last week’s 336 patients and 17 serious cases. One death was reported, and Tuesday’s figure was revised to two. The seven-day toll is nine. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 2,416 vaccine doses were applied including 1,903 boosters and 318 people completing vaccination.

Weekly incidence in Prague down to 45

The reproduction number R is 0.72. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 24, down from 26 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 45, down from 50 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Karlovy Vary region at 12, down from 14 a day earlier.

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May 18, 2022

Deaths remain at zero

There were 490 new Covid cases, compared to 751 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 104 suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 195 Covid patients including eight serious cases. This is down from last week’s 380 patients and 16 serious cases. No deaths were reported, and Monday’s figure also remained at zero. The seven-day toll is 11. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 1,528 vaccine doses were applied including 1,280 boosters and 131 people completing vaccination.

Weekly incidence in Prague down to 50

The reproduction number R is 0.72. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 26, down from 29 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 50, down from 51 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Karlovy Vary region at 14, down from 17 a day earlier.

May 17, 2022

Deaths in single digits for 11 days

There were 532 new Covid cases, compared to 867 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 113 suspected reinfections, which is also dropping. Hospitals treated 193 Covid patients including six serious cases. This is down from last week’s 432 patients and 18 serious cases. No deaths were reported, but Sunday’s figure was updated to two. The seven-day toll is 15. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 1,396 vaccine doses were applied including 1,224 boosters and 99 people completing vaccination.

Weekly incidence in Karlovy Vary region down to 17

The reproduction number R is 0.71. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 29, down from 32 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 51, down from 55 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Karlovy Vary region at 17, down from 26 a day earlier.

May 16, 2022

Fewest new cases since the end of June

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There were 70 new Covid cases, compared to 127 a week earlier. It was the lowest since the end of June. Tests also uncovered nine suspected reinfections, which is also dropping. Hospitals treated 173 Covid patients including 10 serious cases. This is down from last week’s 399 patients and 17 serious cases. No deaths have been reported for two days in a row, but that could be updated. The seven-day toll is 18. Some 107 vaccine doses were applied including 89 boosters and 8 people completing vaccination.

Weekly incidence at 32

The reproduction number R is 0.69. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 32, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 55, down from 56 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Olomouc region at 23, the same as the previous day.

May 14, 2022

Czech covid cases continue steady decline

The Czech Republic reported 470 new Covid cases on Friday, according to the latest data posted by the Czech Health Ministry this morning. Friday's total represents a week-on-week drop of 322 cases, or about 40 percent. There are currently 268 patients with Covid in Czech hospitals, the fewest since last October.

Health Ministry prepares campaign for additional booster vaccine

The Czech Health Ministry is currently preparing an advertising campaign to push for an additional booster vaccine, and is now seeking a marketing company to create the campaign. It is set to start on August 1, and will specifically target refugees from Ukraine. The campaign will push for a third vaccination dose for most people, and a fourth for high-risk groups.

May 13

No Covid deaths reported

There were 521 new Covid cases, compared to 933 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 119 suspected reinfections, which is also dropping. Hospitals treated 292 Covid patients including 15 serious cases. This is down from last week’s 529 patients and 26 serious cases. No deaths were reported, but that could be updated. The seven-day toll is 26. Some 2,435 vaccine doses were applied including 2,000 boosters and 263 people completing vaccination.

Three regions tie for lowest incidence

The reproduction number R is 0.59. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 36, down from 44 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 63, down from 69 a day earlier. The lowest are in the Olomouc, Ústí nad Labem, and Moravia-Silesia regions, all at 28.

May 12, 2022

New Covid cases half of last week’s figure

There were 592 new Covid cases, compared to 1,206 a week earlier, cutting the number of cases in half. Tests also uncovered 124 suspected reinfections, which is also dropping. Hospitals treated 313 Covid patients including 13 serious cases. This is down from last week’s 591 patients and 27 serious cases. Two death were reported, and the seven-day toll is 35.  

Seven-day incidence drops to 40

The reproduction number R is 0.62. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 40, down from 46 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 69, down from 77 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 33, down from 36 a day earlier.  

May 11, 2022

Revaccination for Czech seniors to start in late summer

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The Czech Health Ministry will recommend that seniors get a second booster against Covid, and the new round of jabs could be launched in late summer and autumn, Czech Television reported. The ministry will urge people over 80 as well as those 60 who have health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure to get revaccinated. Other people will also be able to receive the second booster shot covered by public health insurance. About 90 percent of seniors have been vaccinated, and approximately three-quarters have had a booster dose.

Just 755 new cases reported

There were 755 new Covid cases, compared to 1,372 a week earlier, and 146 suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 355 Covid patients including 11 serious cases. This is down from last week’s 668 patients and 31 serious cases. One death was reported, and the seven-day toll is 37. Some 1,781 vaccine doses were administered including 1,455 booster shots and 208 people completing vaccination.

Seven-day incidence now under 50

The reproduction number R is 0.64. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 46, down from 52 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 77, down from 90 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 36, down from 39 a day earlier.  

May 10, 2022

New cases about half of the last week’s number

There were 865 confirmed Covid cases on Monday, compared to 1,680 a week ago, and 182 suspected reinfections. The number of tested people was also significantly lower than last week. Hospitals are treating 372 Covid patients with 14 serious cases. A week ago there were 664 patients and 30 serious cases. One death was reported. The seven-day toll is 40. In total, 1,318 vaccine doses were administered, including 1,167 booster shots and 70 people completing vaccination.

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Incidence below 100 in all Czech regions

The reproduction number R is at 0.67. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 52, down from 59 a day earlier. It has fallen below 100 in all 14 Czech regions. Prague has the highest incidence, at 90, down from 103 a day earlier. The Liberec region is lowest, at 39, down from 47 a day earlier.

May 9, 2022

Lowest number of new Covid cases since August

There were 126 new Covid cases on Sunday, the lowest figure since last August. Last week, there were 397 cases. Laboratories revealed 12 cases of suspected infection. Fewer Covid tests were carried out. Last week, there were 6,247 confirmed COVID and 9,900 a week before. In early February, tens of thousands of new COVID cases occurred daily. Czech hospitals treated 311 Covid patients including 14 serious cases, compared to 632 patients and 28 serious cases a week ago. Two death were reported, and the seven-day toll is 38. Only 48 vaccinations against Covid were administered on Sunday. Some 38 doses were booster shots and 8 people completed vaccination.

Incidence now at 59

The reproduction number R is 0.73. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 59, down from 62 a day earlier. It is the lowest figure since last October. Prague has the highest incidence rate, at 103, down from 111 a day earlier. The lowest incidence rate is in the Moravia-Silesia region at 42, which stayed the same as the previous day.

May 7, 2022

Czech Republic sees lowest weekday Covid tally since September

The Czech Republic reported 794 new Covid cases on Friday, 640 fewer than the previous Friday and the lowest weekday tally since last September, according to the latest data shared by the Czech Health Ministry. The number of patients hospitalized with Covid has dropped to 450, the lowest it has been since mid-October.

The Covid incidence rate in the Czech Republic now stands at 65 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days, compared to 97 cases per 100,000 people last Friday. Prague still boasts the highest incidence rate at 118 cases per 100,000 people over the past week, while Moravia-Silesia now has the lowest incidence rate at 43 cases per 100,000 people.

May 6, 2022

Covid cases another weekday low

There were 935 new Covid cases on Thursday, compared 1,556. The number of people hospitalized with Covid is 467 with 24 serious cases. Thursday's figure of 935 newly infected people is the lowest weekday figure since Oct. 4. The number of the hospitalized is the lowest since mid-October 2021. Last week, there were 868 patients and 34 serious cases. Five deaths were reported, and the number has been under 10 for six days in a row. The seven-day toll is 47.

Pandemic spread now lowest in Moravia-Silesia

The reproduction number R is 0.75. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 71, down from 77 a day earlier. It remains the highest in Prague at 127 and is now lowest in the Moravia-Silesia region at 48. Only 2,451 vaccine jabs were applied, including 2,002 boosters and 269 people completing vaccination.

May 5, 2022

Pandemic alert ends, final restrictions lifted

 The Czech lower house of parliament approved the lifting of the state of pandemic alert under which epidemiological measures could be taken without declaring a state of emergency. The decision means that the mandatory wearing of respirators in health and social care facilities, including pharmacies, ends as of Thursday. The Chamber of Deputies passed the resolution unanimously by the votes of all 159 MPs present. Health Minister Vlastimil Válek told the MPs that there is no longer any reason for blanket restrictions.

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The possibility for people to take one preventive PCR coronavirus test a month for free, covered by public health insurance, will also end. From now on, health insurers will only cover the tests prescribed by a doctor.

The state of pandemic alert was introduced by the pandemic law in February 2021. It enabled the government to introduce some anti-epidemic measures without declaring a state of emergency. There is a state of emergency due to the influx of refugees from Ukraine remains in effect.  

Fewest new cases on a workday since Oct. 8

Czechia saw 1,211 new confirmed Covid cases on Wednesday, which is the lowest rise in new cases on a workday since Oct. 8. Last week there were 1,639 new cases. There were also 213 suspected reinfections on Wednesday, while a week ago there were 308. Hospitals treated 533 coronavirus patients, with 24 in serious condition. A week ago there were 904 patients and 35 serious cases. The number of hospitalized patients with COVID is also the lowest since October 2021. Four deaths were reported and the previous day's figure was revised to five. The seven-day toll is 50.  

Incidence drops to 81

The reproduction number R is 0.79. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people is 77, down from 81 a day earlier. A week ago it was 109. It is highest in Prague, at 134, down from 143 a day earlier. It is lowest in the Liberec region, at 55, down from 56 a day earlier. Some 2,507 vaccine doses were applied on Wednesday, compared with 3,021 a week ago. Boosters accounted for 2,055 of yesterday’s shots, while 261 people completed vaccination.

May 4, 2022

No Covid deaths reported

Laboratories confirmed 1,372 new Covid-19 cases, down from 2,034 a week earlier. There were 260 suspected reinfections, compared to 382 a week ago. Hospitals treated 606 coronavirus patients, with 32 serious cases. Last week saw 963 patients and 47 serious cases. No deaths were reported but that is likely to be updated. The toll for the past seven days is 54.

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Incidence number lowest since October

The reproduction rate R is at 0.78. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 over the past seven days is 81, down from 87 a day earlier and the lowest since mid-October. It remains highest in Prague, at 143, down from 151 a day earlier. It is below 100 is all other regions, and lowest in the Liberec region, at 56.  

Vaccination numbers continue to fall

People’s interest in Covid vaccination has been also falling. A total of 1,670 doses of vaccine were applied on Tuesday, compared to 1,925 a week ago. Of yesterday’s doses, 1,306 were boosters and 240 people completed vaccination.  

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May 3, 2022

Last mask rules could end today

Update (May 4, 8:30): the lower house failed to reach this item on the agenda as planned.

The Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Czech parliament, is expected to end the pandemic state of alert today. In addition, it will be the end of the mandatory use of respirators. Currently, it is still necessary to wear them in medical facilities, including pharmacies. The state of emergency due to the refugee crisis, however, would remain in effect. Deputy Health Minister Josef Pavlovic said that if the Chamber of Deputies manages to discuss everything, the alert should expire on the same day. From Wednesday, respirators should no longer be mandatory for ordinary citizens anywhere.

Ending the pandemic alert was proposed last week by Health Minister Vlastimil Válek and the government has already agreed to it. According to Válek, current Covid data show that it is not necessary to maintain the alert any longer. "When I took over as head of the ministry, I promised that we would only take and maintain measures if they made sense. The current numbers of those infected and hospitalized with Covid look more and more favorable," Válek said.

New infections down by one-quarter

There were 1,680 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 2,255 a week earlier. The number of suspected reinfections dropped to 329 from 439. Hospitals had 615 Covid patients, with 30 serious cases, while a week ago there were 947 patients and 49 serious cases. A preliminary two deaths were reported, and the seven-day toll is 61. Last week's average daily death toll is 8.7, the average in April was 15 deaths a day.

Incidence rate down to 87

The reproduction number R is 0.80. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 87, down from 93 a day earlier. A week ago it was 141. It remains the highest in Prague at 151, down from 157 a day earlier, and is the lowest in the Karlovy Vary region, at 61, down from 67 a day earlier.

Very few vaccinations

People's interest in Covid vaccination has been declining as well. A total of 1,380 doses of vaccine were applied on Monday, compared with 2,155 a week ago. Some 1,122 people had booster shots and 158 completed vaccination. Some 1,131 people had Comirnaty from Pfizer /BioNTech and 49 had the protein-based Nuvaxovid.

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May 2, 2022

April’s Covid cases lowest since last October

The Czech Republic saw 396 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, compared to 592 a week ago. Tests also proved 79 suspected reinfections, 30 percent less than last Sunday. Testing, however, also continued to fall. In April, 83,343 new Covid cases were confirmed, the lowest monthly figure since last October and about one-third of March’s numbers. The number of people hospitalized with Covid was 560, the lowest figure since mid-October 2021. There are currently 23 serious cases. Last week there were 835 patients and 46 serious cases. A preliminary two deaths were reported for May 1. The seven-day toll is 62 and the preliminary toll for April was 441.

In view of the positive trend in the epidemiological situation, Czech hospitals need no longer allocate special beds for Covid-19 patients as of Sunday and no longer need to report changes in their bed capacities and their healthcare personnel in Covid isolation and quarantine to the Health Ministry immediately.

Incidence continues to fall

The reproduction number R is 0.73. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days is 93, down from 94 a day earlier. The highest incidence rates are in Prague, at 157, and in Central Bohemia, at 107. Both fell from the previous day. The best situation is in the Liberec region, at 60, down from 61 a day earlier.

May 1, 2022

Number of Covid patients in Czech hospitals drops to 625

The Czech Republic reported 602 new Covid cases on Saturday, about 300 fewer than last week, according to the latest data shared by the Czech Health Ministry. The number of patients with Covid in Czech hospitals has dropped to 625, a week-on-week drop of about 200, and the fewest since last October.

The Czech Republic's Covid incidence rate is now 94 cases per 100,000 people over the past week, down from 129 cases last weekend. The incidence rate is currently highest in Prague at 160 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days, and lowest in Liberec at 61 cases per 100,000 people.

Under 100 vaccine doses applied

Interest in the vaccination continues to fall. On Sunday, medical professionals applied 90 Covid vaccine doses, including 77 booster doses and nine people completing vaccination. Last week, 140 doses were applied. Some 78 of the doses applied yesterday were Comirnaty from Pfizer / BioNtech and four were protein-based Nuvaxovid.

April 30, 2022

Daily number of new Covid cases continues to decline

The Czech Republic reported 1,436 new Covid cases on Friday, according to the latest data posted by the Czech Health Ministry this morning. The number represents about 700 less cases than last Friday, and the lowest daily increase on a workday since last October.

The number of patients with Covid in Czech hospitals has also been in steady decline, and has dropped below 800. The Czech Republic's Covid incidence rate has fallen to 97 Covid cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days, with the highest rate in Prague (164 cases) and lowest rate in Liberec (64 cases).

April 29, 2022

Covid spread lowest for a weekday since mid October

There were 1,561 new Covid cases on Thursday, compared to 2,159 a week earlier It was the lowest weekday number since mid-October. The number of suspected reinfections has decreased by about one-third to 305. Testing, however, is now also very low. The number of people hospitalized with Covid has fallen to 809 with 33 in serious condition. It is the lowest number since the end of October. Last week, there were 1,065 patients and 56 serious cases. Some 2,692 people got Covid vaccines, including 2,256 boosters and 270 people completing vaccination.  

Seven-day incidence now just over 100

The reproduction number R is 0.80. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people fell to 104 from 109 a day earlier. The COVID incidence rate has been falling, with a few exceptions, since March 19, when it stood at 509. Prague has the highest incidence at 176. It is the lowest in the Liberec region at 65.

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April 28, 2022

State of alert may end in Czechia on May 3

The Czech cabinet has proposed ending the state of pandemic alert on May 3 due to the recession of Covid cases, Health Minister Vlastimil Válek said on Twitter. "The figures of the infected and hospitalized are more and more favorable and so it is not necessary to further remain in this state," Valek said. The Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Czech parliament, has to approve the end of the pandemic alert. The state of pandemic alert was introduced by the pandemic law in February 2021. Due to it, some measures aimed at curbing the pandemic could be adopted without the declaration of a state of emergency.

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Health Ministry preparing for autumn Covid wave

Health Minister Vlastimil Válek told a press conference after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting that there will certainly be an autumn Covid wave. "We are preparing for it and will have enough vaccines and drugs for the autumn. The question is what mutation or what combination of mutations [the virus] will be," he said. He said the government entrusted him with launching negotiations within the EU about the purchase of further drugs and vaccines.

New infections drop significantly

The coronavirus epidemic continues to weaken. On Wednesday, the laboratory detected 1,645 infected people, compared to 3,435 a week earlier. The number of suspected re-infections also dropped by half in the week-on-week comparison, with 308. There are also fewer Covid patient in hospitals, some 857 with 33 in serious condition. Last week there were 1,121 patients and 60 serious cases. A preliminary three deaths were reported. The seven-day toll is 61 and the toll for April is 401.

Incidence lowest since Oct. 18

The reproduction number R is 0.84. The number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 109, down from 126 a day earlier. That is the lowest since Oct.18, 2021. Prague has the highest incidence rate at 188 followed by Central Bohemia at 129 cases. Liberec is lowest at 73 followed by the Karlovy Vary region at 75.

Date for end to last respirator rules to be announced in May

Health Minister Vlastimil Válek said he would announce the date when the duty to wear respirators would be completely lifted in the second week of May. He said a working group of his ministry is considering the possibility that respirators would be worn in places like doctor’s offices and emergency rooms in hospitals during flu epidemics in future. Currently, people are obliged to wear respirators only in healthcare facilities and social facilities such as homes for the elderly.

April 27, 2022

New cases, hospitalizations drop again

There were 2,035 new Covid cases on Tuesday, compared to 3,585 a week ago. On Tuesday, tests also revealed 381 suspected reinfections, while last week, it was about 300 more. The number of those hospitalized with Covid dropped to 886 with 42 serious cases, compared to 1,193 patients and 66 serious cases a week ago. Four deaths were reported, and the seven day toll is 70 and for the month of April so far it is 393.

Total infected now tops 3.9 million

Since the epidemic outbreak in March 2020, some 3,900,444 million people have gotten infected with the novel coronavirus in the Czech Republic, which has 10.5 million people. Most of them have recovered and 40,114 have died. Altogether, statisticians also registered over 260,500 suspected COVID-19 reinfections.

Incidence under 100 in three regions

The reproduction number R is at 1.03, down from 1.05 a day earlier. The number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 126, down from 141 a day earlier. The highest incidence rate remains the Prague, 211, down from 229 a day earlier. Three regions are under 100, with Karlovy Vary at 94, Plzeň at 95, and Moravia-Silesia at 99.

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Vaccinations continue to drop

On Tuesday, medical professionals applied 1,760 Covid vaccine doses including 1,383 booster shots and 240 people completing vaccination. Last week there were 2,215 doses applied. Some 1,348 people got the Comirnaty vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech and 64 got the protein-based Nuvavovid vaccine. In total, almost 6.87 million people have seen their vaccination against COVID-19 completed in the Czech Republic and over 4.14 million of them have got the booster dose.  

April 27, 2022

April 26, 2022

State Audit Office: Babiš's government mishandled pandemic IT

A report by the State Audit Office (NKÚ) criticized the chaotic implementation of IT systems to fight the Covid pandemic during the government of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The NKÚ said that the Heath Ministry knew since 2017 that Regional Hygiene Stations were lacking workstations and laptops, and had no coordinated communication system. A system was supposed to have been developed by 2019 but was postponed.

Smart Quarantine, which became a new information support service for managing the epidemic and for which the ministry spent CZK 387 million, was burdened during its development by a high degree of improvisation, the NKÚ stated in a press release. In practice, it was not capable of tracing the contacts of the majority of infected people. The NKÚ also stated that the Health Ministry's lack of preparation was largely offset by the involvement of military personnel. 

Over 2,250 new Covid cases

There were 2,257 new Covid cases added on Monday, compared to 880 last week but that was a state holiday. Hospitals have 863 Covid patients, up slightly from a day earlier, with 39 in serious condition. There were 438 suspected recurrences, almost 300 more than on Easter Monday. Hospitals have 863 patients, up slightly from the day before, and 39 serious cases. A week ago there were 995 patients and 60 serious cases. Three deaths were reported and yesterday’s figure of zero was revised to four. The seven day toll is 71 and the toll for April is 381.

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Pandemic expanding again

The reproduction number R is at 1.05, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days was 141, up from 128 a day earlier. In Prague, the incidence number is 229, up from 218 a day earlier. In all regions, this value is currently over 100. It is lowest in the Liberec region, at 107.

Vaccinations continue to drop

Some 2,023 vaccine doses were administered, including 1,715 booster shots and 186 people completing vaccination. Last Monday, only 27 people were vaccinated. Of those vaccinated yesterday, 69 received the protein-based Nuvaxovid vaccine and 1,702 had Comirnaty from Pfizer / BioNTech.

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April 25, 2022

Fewest new Covid cases since early October

Tests on Sunday confirmed 594 new Covid cases, the least since Oct. 10. Last week, which was Easter Sunday, there were 751 cases. Laboratories also detected 114 suspected cases of recurring infection in the past day, which was similar to a week ago. Hospitals have 727 patients, the fewest in six months. There are 42 serious cases. Last week, there were 963 patients and 60 serious cases. The number of hospitalized has been falling since Tuesday, when there were 1,183 Covid patients with 65 serious cases.

No deaths reported

No deaths were reported for Sunday, though the figure is likely to be revised as reporting can lag. The last time there were no deaths (after updating) was Sept. 27, 2021. The daily toll has been under 10 three times in the past 10 days. The cumulative toll since the start of the pandemic is 40,083. The seven-day toll is 74 and the toll for April is 364.

Incidence number drops

The reproduction number R is 0.96, just under the break-even point. The seven-day incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people is 128, down from 129 a day earlier. The relatively worst situation is in Prague, at 218, the same as a day earlier. The lowest incidence is in the Liberec region, at 96, also steady from the previous day.

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Week-on-week rise in vaccination, but interest still low

Some 138 people were vaccinated against covid on Sunday, up from 51 last week on Easter Sunday. Of those jabbed yesterday, 124 had booster shots and nine completed vaccination. Only three people had the protein-based Nuvaxovid vaccine, while 113 had Comirnaty from Pfizer / BioNTech.  

April 24, 2022

Czech Republic reports 911 new Covid cases Saturday

The Czech Republic reported 911 new Covid cases on Saturday, according to the latest data posted by the Czech Health Ministry. The number represents a week-on-week decline of about 170 cases as the daily number of new cases continues a downward trend.

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The number of patients with Covid in Czech hospitals is also on the downswing. There are currently 801 Covid patients in hospitals, with 43 in serious condition, down from around 1,200 patients on Tuesday.

The Czech Republic's Covid incidence rate is currently 129 cases per 100,000 people over the past week, with the highest incidence rate in Prague (218 cases per 100,000 people) and the lowest in Liberec (96 cases).

April 23, 2022

Daily number of Covid-19 cases continues to decline

The Czech Republic reported 2,117 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, about 50 fewer than the previous day and the fewest on a workday since last October, according to the latest data posted by the Czech Health Ministry this morning. The number of patients in Czech hospitals with Covid has once again dropped below 1,000.

On Friday, hospitals treated 925 patients with Covid-19, 47 of whom were in serious condition. A week ago, hospitals treated 1,000 patients, 67 of whom were in serious condition.

The Covid incidence rate in the Czech Republic is now 131 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, slightly up over last week as more cases were reported yesterday than the previous Friday, which was a national holiday.

April 22, 2022

Fewest new cases on a workday since Oct. 15

Tests on Thursday confirmed 2,164 new Covid cases, the fewest on a working day since Oct. 15. Last week, there were 3,330 cases. The number of suspected recurrences also decreased by about a third in the week-on-week comparison to 403. Hospitals have 1,005 Covid patients with 50 in serious condition, compared to 1,244 patients and 79 a week ago. Eight deaths were reported. The seven-day toll is 61 and the toll so far for April is 341. In the last 10 days, the number of Covid deaths has been under 10 five times. The last time the death figures were so low was in October.

Incidence lowest since Oct. 19

The reproduction number R is 0.68. The number of new Covid cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 123, down from 133 a day earlier. It is the lowest since Oct. 19. The incidence has fallen compared to Wednesday in all regions. In half of the regions, it is below 100. Prague is still the worst at 217. The Karlovy Vary region is lowest, at 90.  

Another drop in vaccinations

On Thursday the medics distributed 2,880 doses, including 2,285 booster shots and 408 people completing vaccination. A week ago over 4,315 doses were applied. Of the doses applied yesterday, 124 were Nuvaxovid, bringing the total to 5,735 since the start of March. The Comirnaty vaccine from Pfizer remains most popular, accounting for 2,256 of yesterday's doses.

April 21, 2022

Decline in new cases slows

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The decline of the coronavirus epidemic slowed on Wednesday. Laboratories detected 3,440 new Covid cases of the infection, compared to 3.463 a week earlier. The suspicion of recurrent infection was 634, which was a slight increase. The numbers of newly infected have been declining since the beginning of February when compared week on week, but usually by hundreds or thousands. Hospitals have 1,042 coronavirus patients, with 49 in serious condition. One week ago, 1,322 were hospitalized with 77 serious cases.

R number stays the same

The reproduction number R is 0.70. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days stayed the same at 134. Prague is still the worst, with an incidence of 233, down from 236 a day earlier. The lowest remains in the Liberec region, at 97, and the Moravia-Silesia region at 99.  

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Vaccination continues to drop

Some 2,937 Covid vaccine doses were administered, including 2,368 boosters and 375 people completing vaccination. Last week, some 3,668 total doses were given. The Nuvaxovid vaccine was given to 88 people, and a total of 5,610 since it was introduced at the start of March.

April 20, 2022

Covid death toll tops 40,000

 Over 40,000 people have died with Covid since the beginning of the epidemic in March 2020. Currently, there are 40,022 victims. Revised figures now show that there were 40,001 deaths as of April 17. The first deaths with Covid were reported on March 22, 2020. Over 500 deaths occurred half a year after the first death. The number of deaths then began to rise significantly from October 2020 and again last March. The highest toll was 261 on Nov. 3, 2020.

The epidemic has been slowing steadily in the past two months. The daily toll has been under 20 for 11 days in a row and under 10 four times. Over the past seven days, 72 people have died, and the toll for April so far is 307. There are an average of 16 deaths each day in April. In March, the average was 29 deaths per day, and in February more than 51 deaths per day.

New cases fall but hospitalizations rise

There were 3,584 confirmed new Covid cases on Tuesday, compared to 4,031 a week ago. Laboratories also detected 686 suspected recurrences, which is also a decline. On the contrary, the number of hospitalized increased. After four days, there are again more than 1,000 patients in hospitals with covid. Currently, there are 1,076 patients with 60 serious cases. This is still a drop from last week when there were 1,415 patients and 75 serious cases.

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Incidence rises in six regions

The reproduction number R is at 0.61. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 134, down from 138 a day earlier. However, the incidence number has increased in six regions since Tuesday. The R number in Prague is 0.66 and the incidence is 236, down from 251 a day earlier but still the highest in the country. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 77. The incidence is also below the 100 in the Zlín and Moravia-Silesia regions.  

Vaccinations still dropping

Some 2,123 people were vaccinated against coronavirus on Tuesday, compared to 2,376 a week ago. Of those vaccinated, 1,683 had booster shots, and 325 completed vaccination. Interest in vaccination has been declining for some time. The protein-based Nuvaxovid vaccine was given to 128 people. Since the start of vaccination in December 2020, over 17.5 million doses have been vaccinated in the Czech Republic. Nearly 6.9 million people were fully vaccinated and more than 4.1 million have booster shots.

April 19, 2022

Death toll expected to cross 40,000 today

There were 880 newly confirmed Covid cases on Monday, the second-lowest daily figure this year, after Sunday’s 750, and a sharp decrease compared to last Monday, which had 4,736 cases. There were also 143 suspected reinfections. Testing over the holiday weekend was also very low. Hospitals have 748 Covid patients, including 52 in serious condition. One week ago, there were 1,466 patients and 76 serious cases. Some 39,997 people have died with Covid since the epidemic started in March 2020. A preliminary four deaths were reported for Monday. The seven-day toll is 57 and the toll for April is 282.  

Incidence falling in all regions

The reproduction number R is at 0.59. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 over the past seven days is 138, down from 174 a day earlier. The incidence is falling in all regions. In Prague, the R number is 0.66 and the incidence is 251, the highest in the country. It is lowest in the Liberec region at 76 and also below 100 in the Karlovy Vary and Moravia-Silesia regions.  

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Only seven vaccine doses applied, all Nuvaxovid

Only seven people were vaccinated on Monday, the lowest number this year. All seven were completions of vaccination, and none were booster shots. The seven shots were also all protein-based Nuvaxovid, the most recently approved vaccine. Since it was introduced in March, a total of 5,384 doses have been applied.

April 17, 2022

The Czech Republic reported 1,084 new Covid cases on Saturday, according to the latest data released by the Czech Health Ministry. The number of new cases is roughly half of what it was last Saturday, but the number of tests conducted was also down by around 50 percent.

The Czech Republic's Covid incidence rate is now 180 cases per 100,000 people over the past week. Prague continues to have the highest incidence rate, at 336 cases per 100,000 people, while Liberec boasts the lowest incidence rate at 110 cases per 100,000 people over the past week.

Studies of Prague's wastewater, however, reveal that the prevalence of coronavirus in the local population remains higher than the recent decline in new cases may indicate. According to Jan Bartáček, from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, the quantity of the virus in Prague's wastewater is currently about the same as it was last November, when the country recorded around 13,500 new Covid cases per day.

April 16, 2022

Friday sees lowest daily rise in Covid cases this year

The Czech Republic recorded 1,249 new cases of the coronavirus infection on Friday, the lowest daily increase since the start of the year, according to the latest data provided by the Health Ministry. Since Friday was a holiday, however, the number of tests performed was also unusually low.

The daily number of new Covid cases has been falling since early February, when it reached more than 57,000 cases a day. The number of tests performed has also been steadily decreasing over the past month.

There were about 4,900 PCR tests and 2,100 antigen tests performed on Friday, less than last Saturday or Sunday. The percentage of positive tests rose from a weekly average of 13.8 percent last Friday to 15.1 percent yesterday.

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April 14, 2022

Majority of poll respondents intend to wear respirators

As of today, people no longer have to wear respirators in public transport across the Czech Republic. Some health experts urge people to exercise caution and still wear mouth and nose coverings in public transit and in other situations with large crowds, especially in Prague where the pandemic is worse than in the rest of the country. Respirators also reduce the risk of other diseases, such as flu. A straw poll by Expats.cz found that 58 percent of readers intend to still use respirators.  

Due to the favorable epidemic situation, the state has already repealed almost all measures against the spread of the virus. Nose and mouth covering remains mandatory only in health care and inpatient social care facilities. In other public interiors, such as shops or offices, the obligation to wear respirators or masks ended in mid-March.

All Covid indicators continue to fall

Tests on Wednesday revealed 3,464 new cases of coronavirus, compared to 5,287 a week earlier, and once again the least on a weekday since the beginning of this year. In the week-on-week comparison, the suspicion of recurrent infection has decreased, with laboratories registering 606 in the past day. The amount of testing has also fallen. According to expert estimates, the actual numbers of those who cannot be tested or do not have symptoms can be two to three times higher. Hospitals had 1,311 Covid patients with 71 in serious condition. A week ago there were 1,711 patents and 99 serious cases. A preliminary four deaths were reported. The seven-day toll is 102 and for April so far is 232.

Incidence number below 400 in all regions

The reproduction number R is 0.78. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 233, down from 251 a day earlier. It was last this low in October. The R number in Prague is 0.83. The incidence number in Prague is 381, down from 403 a day earlier. The best situation is in the Liberec at 149 and Karlovy Vary at 153.

Vaccinations rise slightly week on week

On Wednesday, paramedics administered less than 3,472 doses, compared to 3,293 a week earlier. Some 2,942 people had booster shots and 325 completed vaccination. Some 87 people received the protein-based Nuvaxovid vaccine, and a total of 5,145 doses have been administered since the start of March. The Comirnaty vaccine from Pfizer remains most popular.

April 13, 2022

Fewest new cases on a weekday this year again

There were another 4,034 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the smallest number on a workday this year. Last week there were 6.701 cases. There were also fewer reinfections, at 782. The number of tests is also falling. Hospitals had 1,362 Covid patients, with 69 serious cases. A week ago there were 1,810 patients and 117 serious cases. The Covid-related death toll is now 39,933. Only three deaths were reported for Tuesday. There were 118 deaths in the past seven days and 221 so far in April.  

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Incidence rate below 300 except for Prague

The reproduction number R is 0.79. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 251, down from 275 a day before. The R number in Prague is 0.84. The highest incidence rate is still in Prague at 403, followed by Central Bohemia at 289 cases and South Moravia at 258. The best situation is in the Liberec region at 163 and the Karlovy Vary region at 165.

Vaccinations rise slightly week on week

Almost 6.9 million Czechs have completed vaccination and almost 4.13 million got the booster dose. Vaccinations increased week on week. On Tuesday, another 2,169 people were inoculated, while a week ago, it was 2,010. Some 1,709 had booster shots and 267 completed vaccination. Some 125 people received the protein-based Nuvaxovid vaccine, and a total of 5,063 doses of that vaccine have been given out since the start of March.

Positive antigen test, symptoms newly proof of Covid infection

A positive Covid-19 antigen test will be evidence that a person with symptoms has been infected with coronavirus. The Health Ministry has canceled the requirement to confirm a positive result of an antigen test by a PCR test. The confirmation had been obligatory since March 2021. The change is based on a European Commission regulation issued in February that recognizes a positive result of an antigen test as a document showing that a person with Covid symptoms caught the disease. The ministry said the testing kit must be one of those whose use in the EU has been approved.

Respirator duty ending in public transport as of midnight

The duty to wear respirators in public transport ends at midnight. Health Minister Vlastimil Válek announced the change on Czech TV over the weekend. Respirators are still required in health and social care facilities. Válek, though, urges people to keep wearing respirators in public spaces with unknown people also due to other respiratory diseases.

April 12, 2022

Covid continues to recede

There were another 4,745 coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic on Monday, down from 6,553 a week earlier. There were also fewer suspected reinfections, at 954. Testing has also fallen significantly. There were 1,365 Covid patients in hospitals. This was 80 more than on Sunday, but 477 fewer than a week ago. Some 70 are in serious condition, 40 fewer than a week ago.

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Incidence now lowest in Liberec region

The reproduction number R is at 0.84. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 276, down from 292 a day earlier. The R number in Prague is 0.87. The highest incidence rate is still in Prague with 431, followed by the Central Bohemia Region with 317 cases and the South Moravia Region with 281. The best situation is in the Liberec region, with an incidence rate of 189.

Just over 2,000 vaccine doses administered

Almost 6.9 million Czechs have completed vaccination and 4.12 million have a booster dose. On Monday, another 2,079 people were inoculated, compared to 2,249 a week earlier. Some 1,718 had booster shots and 211 completed vaccination. Some 80 people received the protein-based Nuvaxovid vaccine, and a total of 4,928 doses have been administered since the start of March.

No compensation claims for side effects met so far

The Health Ministry has received 63 claims for compensation of Covid vaccination side efects worth almost CZK 1 billion, has decided on 19 of them so far and met none, ministry spokesman Ondřej Jakob said. The ministry is now dealing with 44 compensation claims worth some CZK 618 million, Jakob said. The claims range from CZK 18,269 to CZK 100 million. People have reported over 12,000 cases of suspected undesirable effects of the vaccine to the State Drug Control Institute (SÚKL). SÚKL is also checking 174 cases of suspected deaths related to the vaccination.

April 11, 2022

Commuters no longer need to prove infectivity for travel to Austria, tourists still do

Those who regularly commute to Austria for work, study, or family do not have to prove infectivity from today, which means proof of vaccination against Covid, illness in the last six months, or a negative PCR test. These rules, referred to as 3G, remain in place for tourists, the Czech Foreign Ministry said today on Twitter. While the border between the two countries is freely passable for normal traffic, the ministry warned on its website that passengers might encounter random checks directly at the borders and in the Austrian interior. Those checked who do not have one of the three required proofs of infectivity, must take a test in Austria and remain in quarantine until a negative result is confirmed. They must also register in advance. Austria has abolished the obligation to show proof of vaccination, illness, or test when using services such as restaurants from March 5 with the exception of Vienna.

Second-lowest new Covid cases this year

On Sunday, there were 1,395 new Covid cases, the second-lowest number of people infected this year. A week ago, there were 1,657 cases. Laboratories found 210 suspected reinfections, also down from last week. The number of hospitalized people was 1,146, the fewest since the end of last October, and 116 were in serious condition. Some 132 people were vaccinated on Sunday, including 112 booster doses.

Seven-day incidence below 200 in Karlovy Vary region

The reproduction number R is at 0.84. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days fell to 292 from 295 a day earlier. In Prague, the R number is 0.88 and the incidence is 444, down from 449 a day earlier. The incidence is below 350 in all other regions. The lowest is in the Karlovy Vary region, at 198. 

Optician: Covid led to increase in vision problems

People who underwent Covid complain that they saw before and now “do not see,” Václav Antonín, chairman of the board of the Association of Czech Opticians and Optometrists told ČTK. People complain of blurred vision, headaches, tearing, or dry eyes. “If the covid attacks the nervous system, it also attacks vision," Antonín said. According to him, people who work intensively with a computer all day and need to concentrate a lot are most often confronted with problems. Covid not only affected people's eyesight, but also because a large number of people began to use computer or tablet monitors more intensively, both at work and at school, and at entertainment, and had more tired eyes than before.

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April 10, 2022

Respirators no longer required on public transport as of Thursday

The requirement to wear a face mask on public transport in the Czech Republic will be lifted as of Thursday, April 14, Health Minister Vlastimil Válek stated this morning on Czech Television. At the same time, he recommended that people wear masks while in public spaces to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, not only Covid-19.

"In Japan, face masks have never been mandated, yet every intelligent Japanese person wears a mask whenever there is a threatening risk of getting infected," he added. "The National Institute for Pandemic Management has agreed on this, though not fully unanimously," he added.

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"We can afford this since the Covid incidence is declining in our country. The situation in hospitals continues to gradually improve, but above all, the number of positive tests has been falling," Válek noted.

The Health Minister also said he would like to lift the requirement to wear a mask in health and social care facilities at the end of April or beginning of May. "We are still waiting, as the situation is not yet fully ideal [...] We will see how it will develop," he added.

Number of new Covid cases hits 2022 weekend low

The Czech Republic reported 2,251 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, about 340 fewer cases than a week ago and the lowest Saturday figure this year, according to the latest data published by the Health Ministry this morning. The number of suspected reinfections also continues to decrease, with 397 reported yesterday.

The Covid incidence rate has dropped to 295 infections per 100,000 people over the past seven days, the lowest it has been since the end of last October.

The number patients hospitalized with Covid also continues to drop, and fell to 1,258 on Saturday. Of those patients, 80 are in serious condition, about 20 fewer than last weekend.

The daily number of new infections has been gradually dropping in the Czech Republic since early February, when a record high of over 57,000 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in a single day.

April 9, 2022

Czech Republic sees lowest number of weekday Covid cases this year

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The Czech Republic reported 4,150 new Covid cases yesterday, according to the latest data shared by the Czech Health Ministry. The number represents about 1,800 fewer cases than last Friday, and the lowest weekday total this year. The number of suspected reinfections also declined on Friday, down about 300 from the previous week to 797.

The Czech Republic's incidence rate has fallen to 298 Covid cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days.

The number of patients with Covid has also continued to fall, and is now the lowest since last October. There were 1,439 patients with Covid in Czech hospitals as of yesterday, about 340 fewer than a week ago. Among those patients, 91 are in serious condition.

April 8, 2022

Czechia lifting all Covid restrictions for arrivals from abroad

All Covid-19 restrictions for people entering Czechia after a previous stay abroad will be canceled as of Saturday, the Foreign Ministry announced on its website today, the step follows the Health Ministry's lifting of restrictions. Since mid-March, restrictions have been lifted only for arrivals from EU countries and other select countries. As of Saturday, travelers will no longer have to fill in the passenger locator form or submit a certificate with their negative test for coronavirus, a past infection, or complete vaccination.

New, more contagious Covid variant detected

The National Public Health Institute (SZÚ) on Thursday confirmed the presence of the XE variant of coronavirus in the Czech Republic. XE, a combination of the Omicron variants BA.1 and BA.2, is 10 percent more contagious than the original Omicron. The recombinant virus was confirmed by whole-genome sequencing. “Recombinant variants arise when one person becomes infected with two or more variants of the virus at the same time. This transmits and mixes genetic information between variants of the virus in the host body. During the pandemic, such mutations have occurred several times, it is basically not unusual,” National Reference Laboratory head Helena Jiřincová. The positive sample came from a woman in Prague.

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The SZÚ says there is not enough information to assess whether XE can become a new dominant strain. Clinical practice also does not yet report that XE has any more serious symptoms for the patient. The XE variant has also been detected in Britain, the U.S., and Ireland. According to the current National Reference Laboratory report, omicron BA.2 is still the dominant variant in the Czech Republic. Delta is practically non-existent.

New cases under 5,000 for first time on a workday this year

Laboratories confirmed 4,982 new Covid cases on Thursday, compared to 6,484 a week ago. It was below 5,000 for the first time on a workday this year. There were also 913 suspected reinfections, a one-quarter decline week-on-week. This week has seen a total of 23,522 newly confirmed cases so far, compared with almost 31,600 in the first four days of last week. There were 1,539 Covid patients in hospitals on Thursday, with 92 in serious condition. A week ago there were 1,843 patients and 102 serious cases.

Incidence continues to fall, Prague still highest

The reproduction number R is 0.80. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 315, down from 329 a day earlier. It has been steadily declining in all 14 regions. In Prague, the R number is 0.87 and the incidence number is 480. The incidence is below 400 in all other regions. It is lowest in the Karlovy Vary region at 212.

Vaccinations slowly declining

Only 3,227 people were vaccinated against Covid on Thursday, down from 4,056 a week earlier. Most people, some 2,674, had booster shots and 351 completed vaccination. Some 155 doses administered were the protein-based Nuvaxovid vaccine from Novavax, the most recently approved vaccine. In total, 4,416 Nuvaxovid doses have been administered since the beginning of March when it was introduced.

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April 7, 2022

The obligation to wear a respirator in public transport to curb the Covid-19 spread may be lifted in the Czech Republic as of Easter, but respirators will remain mandatory at healthcare facilities, Health Minister Vlastimil Válek told reporters today. The need to wear respirators or nano masks inside public places, with the exception of public transport and health and social care facilities, ended on March 14.

"It's going to get warm after the weekend and as soon as I get the (Covid-spread) data for Monday and Tuesday, I don't see why respirators should be still mandatory in public transport," Válek said.

According to experts, the spread of respiratory infections is generally connected with the weather, with the virus being more transmitted from autumn until spring because people tend to spend more time outdoors.

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Currently, passengers must have their mouths and noses covered in mass transport means, including trains, coaches, and planes as well as on all municipal public transport.

Fewest new cases on a workday this year again

There were 5,287 new confirmed coronavirus cases, the lowest figure on a workday this year. A week ago there were 7,390 new cases. Laboratories revealed 1,080 suspected re-infections, also the lowest workday number. The pandemic has been slowing down in the country for about two months. The daily number of new infections has been gradually dropping since early February. There are 1,600 Covid patients in hospitals, with 96 in serious condition. A week ago there were 1,909 patients and 97 serious cases.  

Incidence continues to drop in all regions

The reproduction number R is at 0.81. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 329, down from 349 a day earlier. The incidence declined in all regions. In Prague, the R number is 0.88 and the incidence number is 495, the highest in the country. It is the lowest in the Karlovy Vary region, at 229.

Vaccinations stagnating

On Wednesday, 3,154 people were vaccinated against Covid, the highest daily number this week, but lower than last week’s 3,566. Some 2,619 people had booster shots and 332 completed vaccination. Of the vaccine doses administered, 80 were the protein-based Nuvaxovid vaccine from Novavax, the most recently approved vaccine. In total, 4,259 Nuvaxovid have been administered since the beginning of March when it was introduced.

April 6, 2022

New Covid cases drop again week on week

There were 6,708 new Covid cases, compared to 8,910 a week ago. The number of suspected reinfections was 1,253, also less than a week ago. The daily numbers of newly confirmed cases have been gradually declining since about the beginning of February. There are currently 1,656 Covid patients in hospitals with 109 serious cases, compared to 2,018 patients and 106 serious cases a week ago.  

Incidence below 400 in all regions but Prague

The reproduction number R is at 0.83. In Prague, the R number is 0.88. The incidence number fell again across the country. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over sever days is 349, down from 370 a day earlier. The highest is in Prague, at 502, down from 527 a day earlier. It is below 400 in all other regions. The Liberec region is lowest, at 243 and the Karlovy Vary region is second at 255.

Fewest weekday vaccinations this year

Some 1,892 people were vaccinated against covid on Tuesday, the least on weekdays this year. Boosters accounted for 1,516 shots, and 213 people completed vaccination. Of the doses administered on Tuesday, 131 were the protein-based Nuvaxovid vaccine from Novavax, the most recently approved vaccine. In total, 4,179 Nuvaxovid have been administered since the beginning of March when it was introduced.

Vaccination may come to dentists' offices and pharmacies

Covid vaccination will probably become also available in dentists' offices and pharmacies later this year, based on the government-sponsored bill which the Chamber of Deputies has already approved in the first reading. Health Minister Vlastimil Válek said another wave of coronavirus may emerge in the autumn. "If the need were to vaccinate more people in the period to come, the task will be feasible," he said.

April 5, 2022

11:30 Entrepreneurs can apply for help from Covid 2022 program

Entrepreneurs from selected sectors affected by anti-epidemic measures can now apply for a contribution of CZK 500 per employee per day from the Covid 2022 program. Entrepreneurs and companies whose turnover fell at least 50 percent period compared to the same months of 2019 or the turn of 2019 and 2020 can apply online to the Ministry of Industry and Trade until May 12. The program has CZK 1.75 billion in aid.

Entrepreneurs in catering services, including catering, short-term and recreational accommodation, laundries, travel agencies, and agencies, can apply for compensation for the period from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 last year. One applicant can receive a maximum of CZK 1.5 million crowns. Organizers of sports, cultural, conferences, trade fairs, and other events as well as companies from related technical services are covered by the period from 1 Nov. 1 last year to Feb. 28 this year. Each applicant may draw a maximum of CZK 3 million. The allowance can be obtained for employees, cooperating persons, and executives.

New cases continue to drop week on week

The Covid pandemic is slowing down as there were 6,553 new cases of the infection on Monday, compared to 8,809 a week ago. There were 1,275 cases of suspected reinfections, also fewer than last week. There are 1,641 patients hospitalized with Covid, and 92 serious cases. This was 119 more than on Sunday, but 477 fewer than the previous Monday. There were also 18 fewer serious cases week on week. A preliminary eight deaths were reported for Monday. The seven-day toll is 82 and the toll for April is 52.

Incidence rate dropping in all regions

The reproduction number R is at 0.87. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 370, down from 391 a day earlier. The incidence rate decreased in all regions of the Czech Republic. In Prague, the R number is 0.95. The incidence rate is still highest in Prague, at 527, down from 553 a day earlier. It is the lowest in the Liberec region, at 250. It has also under 300 in the Karlovy Vary and newly also Moravia-Silesia regions.

Interest in vaccination continues to fall

Roughly 2,100 people were inoculated, about one-fourth less than a week ago. Some 1,711 received a booster dose and 254 completed vaccination. In total 4,048 doses of the protein-based Nuvaxovid vaccine from Novavax, the most recently approved vaccine, have been administered since the start of March.  

April 4, 2022

Slovakia canceling compulsory quarantine

Slovakia will cancel the compulsory quarantine for all travelers entering its borders as of Wednesday, the country's public health officials told reporters today. Currently, those inoculated against Covid, those who have already had the disease as well as selected professions and groups are exempt from the quarantine requirement. As of Wednesday, with the exception of mass events, the obligation to wear respirators outdoors will be canceled but will remain in public transport and buildings. Wearing a respirator in internal spaces and the quarantine for those with a confirmed Covid will still be valid. Along with the cancellation of the usual five-day quarantine when coming to Slovakia, which can now be shortened by undergoing a negative PCR test, Bratislava will no longer demand electronic registration when crossing the Slovak border. In practice, this should ease the conditions for tourists' entry into Slovakia.

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Lowest number of new cases since Jan. 1

Laboratories confirmed 1,658 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the lowest daily figure this year except for New Year’s Day. Last week, there were 2,245 cases. The number of suspended reinfections was 313, also lower than last week. Last week, laboratories revealed 41,811 new infection cases, or roughly 8,000 fewer than the previous week. The daily number of new confirmed infections has been falling since early February when it peaked at above 57,000. Czech hospitals treated 1,414 coronavirus patients, the lowest number since last October, with 89 in serious condition. Last week, there were 1,801 patients with 100 serious cases.

Pandemic still worst in Prague

The reproduction number R is at 0.90. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 391, down from 396 a day earlier. In Prague, the R number is 0.97 and the incidence number is 553, up from 552 a day earlier and the highest in the country. The lowest incidence is in the Liberec region at 262.

Fewer than 200 vaccine doses administered

People’s interest in the vaccination has been falling and they mostly receive the booster dose. On Sunday, only 191 people got inoculated, with 151 getting boosters and 28 completing vaccination. In total 3,922 doses of the protein-based Nuvaxovid vaccine from Novavax were administered since the start of March. More than 6.86 million people have completed Covid vaccination and 4.1 million of them have a booster dose.

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