Covid pandemic starts to recede again in Czechia after surging in June and July

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 08.08.2022) Reading time: 97 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 07.08.2022: +279

Active cases: 16 490

Currently hospitalized: 899

Tests yesterday: 761

Vaccinations yesterday: 153

Confirmed cases total: 3 999 651

Recovered total: 3 942 595

Vaccinated total: 6 969 859

Tests total: 22 073 756

Deaths total: 40 566

COVID 19 - New cases for last
Data valid as of 17:28:01 08.08.2022
Source: https://onemocneni-aktualne.mzcr.cz

Aug. 8, 2022

Hospitalizations back below 1,000

Czechia saw 279 new Covid cases confirmed on Sunday, compared to 323 a week earlier. There were also 84 suspected reinfections. Figures for Sundays tend to be the lowest in the week due to low testing. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 906 and the number of patients in severe condition was 32. Last week there were 1,151 patients and 46 serious cases, according to revised figures. Two people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to five. The seven-day toll is 61.

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Weekly incidence drops to 136

The reproduction number R is 0.92, meaning the pandemic is slightly receding. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 136, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 179, the same as a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 148, down from 149 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Plzeň region, at 106.

Aug. 6, 2022

Week-on-week Covid numbers continue to fall

The Czech Republic reported 2,407 new Covid cases on Friday, according to the latest data provided by the Czech Health Ministry this morning. At 386 fewer cases than last Friday, the week-on-week number of cases continued a steady week-long decline following nearly two months of consistent rises.

There are currently 1,109 with Covid in Czech hospital, 30 of which are in intensive care units. Over the past seven days, the Czech Republic has reported 137 Covid cases per 100,000 people, with the highest numbers reported in Prague at about 181 cases per 100,000 people.

Aug. 5, 2022

Epidemic slowed down this week for the first time since June

In the last seven days, there were 15,094 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic, down from 16,910 a week earlier. The epidemic slowed down for the first time since the beginning of June when cases are compared week on week. Hospitalizations and the incidence number also continue to decrease, according to data from the Ministry of Health. The coronavirus epidemic began to grow in the Czech Republic in the first week of June after it had been declining since the beginning of March.

Recently, the number of deaths from the coronavirus has increased. There were more of them in July than in June and May combined. There were 20 victims on Sunday, which was the highest number of deaths in one day since the first half of April.

Interest in vaccination against the coronavirus is declining. In the past week, 31,963 people came for the vaccine, which was a week-on-week decrease of about 7,400. Most people now go for booster doses, especially the second one. Almost 23,300 applicants received it in the last seven days. About 6.89 million people in the Czech Republic were fully vaccinated against Covid, and about 4.27 million people received a booster dose of the vaccine.

New cases drop for eight days in a row

Czechia saw 2,149 new Covid cases confirmed on Thursday, compared to 2,551 a week earlier. There were also 847 suspected reinfections. New infections have fallen for the ninth day in a row compared to the previous week. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 1,159 and the number of patients in severe condition was 35. Last week there were 1,291 patients and 46 serious cases, according to revised figures. Five people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to nine. The seven-day toll is 82.

Weekly incidence drops to 141

The reproduction number R is 0.91, meaning the pandemic is slightly receding. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 141, down from 145 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 186, down from 195 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 157, down from 160 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 100.

Aug. 4, 2022

New cases drop for eight days in a row

Czechia saw 2,669 new Covid cases confirmed on Wednesday, compared to 2,977 a week earlier. There were also 956 suspected reinfections. New infections have fallen for the eighth day in a row compared to the previous week. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 1,179 and the number of patients in severe condition was 32. Last week there were 1,264 patients and 45 serious cases, according to revised figures. Four people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to 14. The seven-day toll is 86.

Weekly incidence drops to 145

The reproduction number R is 0.92, meaning the pandemic is slightly receding. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 145, down from 148 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 195, down from 201 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 160, down from 166 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 100.

Aug. 3, 2022

New cases drop for seven days in a row

Czechia saw 3,079 new Covid cases confirmed on Tuesday, compared to 3,434 a week earlier. There were also 1,145 suspected reinfections. New infections have fallen for the seventh day in a row compared to the previous week. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 1,212 and the number of patients in severe condition was 31. Last week there were 1,259 patients and 43 serious cases, according to revised figures. Five people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to 13. The seven-day toll is 85.

Pandemic continues to recede

The reproduction number R is 0.93, meaning the pandemic is slightly receding. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 148, down from 151 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 200, down from 212 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 166, down from 170 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 95.

Aug. 2, 2022

New cases drop for six days in a row

Czechia saw 3,441 new Covid cases confirmed on Monday, compared to 3,786 a week earlier. There were also 1,282 suspected reinfections. New infections have fallen for the sixth day in a row compared to the previous week. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 1,145 and the number of patients in severe condition was 37. Last week there were 1,166 patients and 39 serious cases, according to revised figures. Six people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to 18. The seven-day toll is 82.

R number stays under 1.0

The reproduction number R is 0.95, meaning the pandemic is slightly receding. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 151, down from 154 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 212, down from 220 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 170, up from 168 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 94.

Aug. 1, 2022

Sunday's new cases drop week on week

Czechia saw 324 new Covid cases confirmed on Sunday, compared to 345 a week earlier. There were also 92 suspected reinfections. The Sunday figures are typically the lowest for the week due to low testing. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 970 and the number of patients in severe condition was 40. Last week there were 934 patients and 37 serious cases, according to revised figures. Six people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to three. The seven-day toll is 70.

R number drops under 1.0

The reproduction number R is 0.98, meaning the pandemic is slightly receding. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 154, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 220, down from 222 a day earlier. The next highest is South Moravia at 169, the same as a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 93.

July 31, 2022

Czech Republic sees more Covid deaths in July than May and June combined

The Czech Republic has reported 146 Covid-related deaths in July, according to the latest stats released by the Health Ministry this weekend. The number of Covid-related deaths in July has exceeded the totals for May and June combined, with the biggest increase seen over the past week; 78 people with Covid died over the past eight days.

Still, the number of deaths during the summer wave is significantly fewer than in previous waves. Last March, for example, the Czech Republic saw more than 200 Covid-related deaths every day.

Week-on-week number of Covid cases continues to decline

The Czech Republic reported 635 new Covid cases on Saturday, a significant dropoff from last week's 954 cases, according to the latest data released by the Czech Health Ministry this morning. Over the past three days, the week-on-week number of Covid cases has decreased each day.

There are currently about 21,000 active Covid cases in the Czech Republic, and 1,049 patients with Covid in Czech hospitals. In total, the country has now seen nearly four million Covid cases since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

July 30, 2022

Czech Republic reports slight drop in week-on-week number of Covid cases

The Czech Republic reported 2,795 new Covid cases on Friday, a week-on-week drop of about 100 cases, according to the latest data published by the Czech Health Ministry this morning. Yesterday was the second day in a row that the country reported a week-on-week drop following nearly two months of consistent rises.

There are now 157 confirmed Covid cases per 100,000 people in the Czech Republic over the past seven days, and 1,221 people with Covid in Czech hospitals. Experts previously predicted that the summer Covid rise would peak at the end of July.

July 29, 2022

New cases drop week on week

Czechia saw 2,558 new Covid cases confirmed on Thursday, compared to 2,697 a week earlier. There were also 888 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 1,170 and the number of patients in severe condition was 38. Last week there were 832 patients and 32 serious cases, according to revised figures. Seven people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to 10. The seven-day toll is 65.

Weekly incidence numbers falling

The reproduction number R is 1.07, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 158, down from 159 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 233, down from 241 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 175, down from 176 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 93.

July 28, 2022

Czechia sees 2,979 new cases

Czechia saw 2,979 new Covid cases confirmed on Wednesday, compared to 2,759 a week earlier. There were also 1,050 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 1,158 and the number of patients in severe condition was 40. Last week there were 768 patients and 26 serious cases, according to revised figures. Four people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to 13. The seven-day toll is 56.

Weekly incidence reaches 159

The reproduction number R is 1.11, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 159, up from 157 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 241, down from 242 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 176, up from 175 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 93.

July 27, 2022

Covid hospitalizations top 1,000

Czechia saw 3,473 new Covid cases confirmed on Tuesday, compared to 3,235 a week earlier. There were also 1,178 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 1,086 and the number of patients in severe condition was 41. Yesterday’s figure was also revised to over 1,000. Hospitalizations had been below 1,000 since May 22. Last week there were 708 patients and 26 serious cases, according to revised figures. Seven people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to nine. The seven-day toll is 49.

Weekly incidence reaches 157

The reproduction number R is 1.14, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 157, up from 155 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 242, down from 246 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 175, down from 181 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 90.

July 26, 2022

Most new cases since early April

Czechia saw 3,771 new Covid cases confirmed on Monday, compared to 2,892 a week earlier. This was the most new cases since April 12. There were also 1,281 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 992, and the number of patients in severe condition was 36. Last week there were 659 patients and 22 serious cases, according to revised figures. Two people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to four. The toll for July 23 was revised to 10, the first time it was in double digits since May 5. The seven-day toll is 38.

Weekly incidence reaches 155

The reproduction number R is 1.21, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 155, up from 147 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 246, up from 234 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 181, up from 171 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 87.

July 25, 2022

Sunday’s new cases at 342

Czechia saw 342 new Covid cases confirmed on Sunday, compared to 260 a week earlier. There were also 103 suspected reinfections. Sunday typically has the lowest case numbers of the week. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 762, and the number of patients in severe condition was 25. Last week there were 543 patients and 15 serious cases, according to revised figures. Two people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to three. The seven-day toll is 28.

Weekly incidence reaches 147

The reproduction number R is 1.22, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 147, up from 146 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 234, the same as a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 171, up from 169 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 82.

July 24, 2022

Czech Republic sees nearly 1,000 new cases on Saturday

There were 953 new Covid cases in the Czech Republic yesterday, according to the latest data published by the Czech Health Ministry this morning. Yesterday's total represents a week-on-week increase of about 400 cases. The number of patients with Covid in Czech hospitals is now 706, up from about 500 last weekend. Of those patients, 28 are in serious condition.

The Czech Republic's incidence rate, or the number of cases per 100,000 people over the past week, is now 146. Prague has the highest rate at 234 new cases per 100,000 people, while Liberec boasts the lowest rate at 82 cases per 100,000 people.

July 23, 2022

Czech Covid cases, hospitalizations continue to rise

The Czech Republic recorded 2,886 new Covid cases on Friday, according to the latest data published by the Health Ministry this morning. There are currently 820 people with Covid in Czech hospitals, including 27 in serious condition, an increase of about 30 percent over last weekend.

There are now 143 Covid cases per 100,000 people over the past week in the Czech Republic, up from around 100 cases per 100,000 people last weekend. Prague has the highest incidence rate, with 228 cases per 100,00 people, while Liberec has the lowest rate at 82 cases per 100,000 people.

July 22

Pandemic surges again this week

The summer Covid wave has been surging in Czechia, with 14,710 new infections registered in the past seven days, roughly 4,500 more than the week before. This week, the highest daily number of new infections, 3,235, was registered on Tuesday. Hospitals now have 725 Covid patients, one-third more than at the end of last week, according to Health Ministry data. The number of Covid hospitalizations is the highest since the end of April.

The more contagious BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the Omicron variant are behind this wave. Experts expect the current wave to culminate at the end of July, but the decline is to be gradual and the number of infections may stay quite high. Due to low testing, the real number of the infected is estimated to be much higher than the revealed cases.  

Interest in vaccination increases

Interest in vaccination has been rising in the past weeks. People have been able to receive the second booster dose since Monday, and so far, 12,500 have done so. Almost 6.9 million inhabitants have completed vaccination against Covid in the country and 4.26 million have got the booster jab.

Health minister urges people to wear respirators on public transit

There are no blanket anti-epidemic measures against the coronavirus spread valid in the Czech Republic now. However, some hospitals and social care facilities have already ordered respirators. Health Minister Vlastimil Válek has recommended wearing nose and mouth covers on public transport means. He said the government would not like to impose restrictions and relied on people's responsibility and voluntary observance of safety principles.

Over 700 hospitalized

Czechia saw 2,701 new Covid cases confirmed on Thursday, compared to 1,711 a week earlier. There were also 926 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 726, and the number of patients in severe condition was 29. Last week there were 475 patients and 14 serious cases, according to revised figures. Four people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to six. The seven-day toll is 30.

Weekly incidence reaches 138

The reproduction number R is 1.36, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 138, up from 128 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 227, up from 214 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 158, up from 151 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 83.

July 21

New cases drop back under 3,000

Czechia saw 2,757 new Covid cases confirmed on Wednesday, compared to 1,979 a week earlier. There were also 1,016 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 664, and the number of patients in severe condition was 27. Last week there were 426 patients and 16 serious cases, according to revised figures. Two people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to three. The seven-day toll is 23.

Weekly incidence reaches 128

The reproduction number R is 1.28, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 128, up from 121 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 214, up from 208 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 151, up from 144 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 77.

July 20, 2022

New cases hit 3,240

Czechia saw 3,240 new Covid cases confirmed on Tuesday, compared to 1,979 a week earlier. It is the highest daily number since April 20. There were also 1,092 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 590, but the number of patients in severe condition was 21. Last week there were 434 patients and 15 serious cases, according to revised figures. Two people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to two. The seven-day toll is 20.

Weekly incidence reaches 121

The reproduction number R is 1.26, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 121, up from 109 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 208, up from 188 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 142, up from 123 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 75.

July 19, 2022

New Covid variant confirmed in Czechia

Czechia has seen the first case of a new coronavirus subvariant BA.2.76, which is closely related to the BA.2.75 subvariant, also called Centaur, and a previous coronavirus infection probably does not protect against it, the National Institute of Public Health (SZÚ) said. The Centaur subvariant has not yet been confirmed in the Czech Republic. Currently, 96 percent of the positive tests are made up of the more infectious subvariants of the Omicron , BA.5 and BA.4.

"The BA.2.76 subvariant as well as the Centaur subvariant marked BA.2.75, belong to a group of mutations that we think should be monitored. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has already listed Centaur as a variant of interest," Helena Jiřincová, head of the National Reference Laboratory for Flu and Non-Flu Diseases of the SZÚ, said.

The accessible foreign data show that the BA.2.76 subvariant is resistant to antibodies gained by the previous Covid disease. Jiřincová noted that not even the immunity gained from the Omicron infection, especially BA.1 variant, is sufficiently effective either.

Hospitalizations over 500

Czechia saw 2,895 new Covid cases confirmed on Monday, compared to 2,032 a week earlier. It is the highest daily number since April 20. There were also 965 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 524, but the number of patients in severe condition was 17. Last week there were 369 patients and 16 serious cases, according to revised figures. No people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to four. The seven-day toll is 18.

Weekly incidence reaches 109

The reproduction number R is 1.15, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 109, up from 101 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 188, down from 190 a day earlier. The next highest is the Karlovy Vary at 132, up from 121 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 69.

July 18, 2022

Second booster now available

People over the age of 18, who have been more than four months since their re-vaccination against Covid, can come for another booster dose as of today. They can get it at vaccination sites without registration in hospitals and at general practitioners. The registration system will start working from Aug. 15. Revaccination is now recommended by the ministry, especially for high-risk patients and people over 60 years of age.

Hospitalizations over 400

Czechia saw 260 new Covid cases confirmed on Sunday, compared to 246 a week earlier. Sunday typically has the lowest figure of the week due to low testing. There were also 67 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 401, but the number of patients in severe condition was 14. Last week there were 281 patients and 19 serious cases, according to revised figures. One person died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to three. The seven-day toll is 16.

Weekly incidence over 100

The reproduction number R is 1.30, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 101, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 190, up from 189 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 119, down from 120 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Olomouc region, at 64.

July 16, 2022

Number of cases hits three-month high as summer wave continues

The Czech Republic reported 2,295 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number since mid-April, according to the latest data released by the Czech Health Ministry. The number of new cases reported daily has steadily risen since late May.

There are now 455 people with Covid in Czech hospitals, a number that has more than doubled over the past two weeks.

July 15, 2022

Revaccination to start in Czechia next week

Revaccination against Covid with another booster dose will start in Czechia as of next week, following approval by the State Drug Control Institute (SÚKL) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Health Minister Vlastimil Válek said. The first places to start applying the vaccine would be the vaccination points where the patients do not have to register in advance. Furthermore, general practitioners may start ordering vaccines and offering revaccination.

A system of reservations for slots at other vaccination points should start operating in late August, Válek said. According to information on the ministry's website, 356 vaccination points currently operate in Czechia. Out of them, 56, mostly in hospitals, do not require a previous booking of a vaccine slot by the applicants.

He wants to make vaccination possible for those, who travel to risk destinations, are elderly or are afraid, or come from a region with a higher coronavirus incidence rate, typically Prague. He said, nevertheless that there would be no mistake on the part of those who would put off their revaccination closer to the autumn months. Válek said the revaccination is recommended for people over 60 and adults with other chronic diseases.

Hospitalizations over 300

Czechia saw 1,711 new Covid cases confirmed on Thursday, compared to 1,547 a week earlier. Testing is low, and experts estimate the real number is several times higher. There were also 633 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 413, and the number of patients in severe condition was 15. Last week there were 315 patients and 17 serious cases, according to revised figures. Two people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll remained at zero. The seven-day toll is nine

Weekly incidence reaches 96

The reproduction number R is 1.69, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 96, up from 94 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 188, up from 185 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 116, the same as a day earlier. The lowest is in the Olomouc region, at 57.

July 14, 2022

ÚZIS director: Summer wave will soon reach its peak

The summer Covid wave is reaching its peak. It will accelerate over the next week to 10 days followed by a gradual drop. Numbers may still remain rather high, the Institute for Health Information and Statistics (ÚZIS) director Ladislav Dušek told Czech Radio. In the past three days, the daily numbers of new confirmed infections were around 2,000. Dušek stated that the real numbers of infected people may be up to five times higher. He says that despite the rapid start of the current wave at the beginning of June, the drop will be rather slow. It does not have to drop to the low numbers detected in May when there were only a few hundred cases per day. Currently, the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Omicron now make up more than 89 percent of cases in Czechia.

In the fall, experts expect the health impacts of the next wave to be more severe, and a new variant is expected to previal. The Health Ministry wants to launch the possibility of getting a second booster against Covid at the beginning of August. People who have already been vaccinated three times should get a booster in September or October so that they have the highest protection for the following winter months. Revaccination is especially important for people over 80 and chronically ill people over 60.

New cases reach 1,984

Czechia saw 1,984 new Covid cases confirmed on Wednesday, compared to 218 a week earlier. Last week was a holiday, and testing was low. There were also 643 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 369, and the number of patients in severe condition was 11. Last week there were 260 patients and 12 serious cases, according to revised figures. No people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to three. The seven-day toll is 10.

Weekly incidence reaches 94

The reproduction number R is 1.70, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 94, up from 78 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 185, up from 155 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 116, up from 97 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Olomouc region, at 53.

July 13, 2022

Health Ministry plans vaccination campaign

The Czech Health Ministry is to choose the firm to prepare a strategy and media space for a campaign to promote further Covid-19 vaccination after Aug. 12 only when the deadline for submitting bids in this public tender expires, the ministry has announced. The contract value is put at CZK 8 million without VAT for the strategy preparation and its implementation and CZK 30 million are to be spent on media space purchases.

In June, the Health Ministry chose the McCann-Erikson advertising agency, which won a contract for the creative form of the campaign. It designed video and radio spots. Currently, the ministry is selecting a firm to prepare the basic draft of communication tools, including an analysis of target groups and strategies as well as visual advertisements, commercial texts, and content for social media, along with recommendations of financial means for particular campaign parts.

The vaccination campaign is expected to help change the behavior of inhabitants of the Czech Republic, resulting in an increased application of vaccines against Covid, the ministry writes in its documentation on the public contract. The aim is to increase the interest in the first vaccination by 5 percent. In the case of the first re-vaccination, the aim is to raise it by 20 percent.

New cases back under 2,000

Czechia saw 1,980 new Covid cases confirmed on Tuesday, compared to 538 a week earlier. Last week was a holiday, and testing was low. There were also 639 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations reached 364, but the number of patients in severe condition was 15. Last week there were 262 patients and 14 serious cases, according to revised figures. Two people died from Covid, and the previous day’s toll was revised to three. The seven-day toll is 10.

Weekly incidence rises to 78

The reproduction number R is 1.54, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 78, up from 64 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 155, up from 137 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 97, up from 85 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Olomouc region, at 42.

July 12, 2022

New Covid cases exceed 2,000 for first time since April

Czechia saw 2,031 new Covid cases confirmed on Monday, compared to 1,296 a week earlier. The daily figure exceeded 2,000 for the first time since April 26, according to the Health Ministry. There were also 673 suspected reinfections. The number of Covid hospitalizations crossed 300 on Monday to reach 305, but the number of patients in severe condition was 15. Last week there were 286 patients and 14 serious cases, according to revised figures. One person died from Covid, following two days with no deaths. The seven-day toll is seven.

The Health Ministry expects the number of infections in Czechia to rise for several more weeks. The ministry does not plan any restrictive measures in this connection because no increased burden is faced by hospitals, mainly intensive care units.

Weekly incidence rises to 64

The reproduction number R is 1.42, meaning the pandemic is spreading. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 64, up from 58 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 137, up from 124 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 85, up from 75 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Olomouc region, at 33.

July 11, 2022

Sunday saw 235 new cases

There were 245 new Covid cases on Sunday, compared to 157 last week. Tests also uncovered 54 suspected reinfections. Weekend cases tend to be lower than on weekdays. Hospitals treated 222 Covid patients including 14 serious cases. Last week there were 227 patients and 13 serious cases, according to revised figures. No deaths were reported for two days in a row. The seven-day toll is seven. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Weekly incidence over 30 in all regions

The reproduction number R is 1.06, meaning the pandemic is spreading slightly. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 58, up from 57 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 123, up from 122 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 75, up from 73 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Olomouc region, at 31.

July 9, 2022

Number of new cases on Friday highest since April

The Czech Republic reported 1,840 new Covid cases on Friday, the highest daily number since April 26, according to the latest data released by the Czech Health Ministry this morning.

A total of 4,851 tests were performed yesterday, resulting in a positivity rate of nearly 38 percent. The number of patients with Covid in Czech hospitals has risen by nearly fifty percent over the past week, and now sits at 272.

July 8, 2022

Most new cases since the start of May

There were 1,549 new Covid cases on Thursday, compared to 1,002 last week. It is the highest daily number since the start of May. Numbers are also increasing again after the drop due to the midweek holiday. Tests also uncovered 481 suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 262 Covid patients including 13 serious cases. Last week there were 213 patients and nine serious cases, according to revised figures.  The Health Ministry does not plan measures against the spread of the disease because hospitals and especially intensive care units are not full.  Three deaths were reported, following none on the previous day. The seven-day toll is eight. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Weekly incidence back above 50

The reproduction number R is 0.85, meaning the pandemic has stopped increasing. This, though, may be an effect of the mid-week holidays. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 51, up from 45 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 114, up from 111 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 68, up from 58 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Olomouc region, at 25.

July 7, 2022

New cases on Wednesday hit 219

There were 219 new Covid cases on Wednesday, compared to 1,115 last week. Wednesday was a holiday, so testing was low. Tests also uncovered 59 suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 202 Covid patients including 12 serious cases. Last week there were 211 patients and eight serious cases, according to revised figures. No deaths were reported, following one on the previous day. The seven-day toll is eight. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Pandemic shows signs of slowing

The reproduction number R is 0.78, meaning the pandemic has stopped increasing. This, though, may be an effect of the mid-week holidays. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 45, down from 54 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 111, down from 131 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 58, down from 69 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec and Olomouc regions, at 22.

July 6, 2022

538 new cases reported on Tuesday's national holiday

The Czech Republic saw 538 new Covid cases on Tuesday, according to the latest data released by the Czech Health Ministry this morning. While the number of new cases reported is less than half of the previous Tuesday, July 5 was a public holiday and considerably fewer tests were conducted.

A total of 1,228 tests were performed on Tuesday, meaning that more than forty percent came back positive. The number of patients in hospitalized with Covid remained over 200 yesterday, with 13 of those patients in serious condition.

July 5, 2022

Daily number of new cases continues to rise

The Czech Republic reported 1,297 new Covid cases on Monday, 56 more than a week ago, according to the latest data published by the Czech Health Ministry. The number of the patients with Covid in Czech hospitals has once again surpassed 200, and 13 of those patients are in serious condition.

On Monday, the number of tests performed was lower than usual, with about 6,200 antigen and PCR tests conducted. Roughly twenty percent of those tests came back positive.

Over the past week, there have been 60 new Covid cases per 100,000 people in the Czech Republic. The incidence rate is highest in Prague at 143 cases per 100,000 people, and lowest in the Vysočina region at 32 cases per 100,000 people.

July 4, 2022

New cases on Sunday hit 157

There were 157 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 116 last week. Sunday is typically the lowest day of the week. Tests also uncovered 31 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 191 Covid patients including eight serious cases. Last week there were 131 patients and six serious cases. No deaths were reported, following one on the previous day. The seven-day toll is eight. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Weekly incidence hits 60

The reproduction number R is 1.29, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 60, up from 59 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 149, up from 148 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 76, the same as a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at 30.

July 2, 2022

Mask obligations on public transport could be restored in Czechia

The daily increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic reached 1,300 on Friday for the first time since the beginning of May. This is three quarters more than a week ago. Suspected re-infections also increased, almost doubling to 360 in a week-on-week comparison, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.

According to the ministry, the number of infected people will continue to increase for several more weeks, but so far hospitals and especially intensive care units are not filling up significantly. On Friday, 216 people were hospitalized with covid, seven of them in serious condition.

Chief hygienist Pavla Svrčinová told reporters yesterday that Czechia is prepared for the continuation of the pandemic. She also said that there is a possibility that the obligation to wear masks on public transport would be restored but said that this is the only mandatory measure on the horizon and the numbers do not yet support this step.

July 1, 2022

Summer Coivd wave increasing, may reach 20,000 cases per day

The coronavirus epidemic has accelerated significantly in the Czech Republic in the past week. Labs detected 5,680 new cases, some 2,400 more than last week. Over 1,000 cases have been added each weekday so far this week. The last time that happened was in early May. The number of hospitalized patients increased by about a third in a week to almost 200 patients. However, the number of people in serious condition is not significantly increasing, on Thursday there were seven of them in hospitals.

Institute of Health Information and Statistics (ÚZIS) director Ladislav Dušek said that only people with more serious symptoms are currently being tested, and there are actually many more infected people.

Health Minister Vlastimil Válek expects that the current increase may peak below 20,000 cases per day in the second half of July, he told Czech Radio (ČRo) on Thursday. He added that the wave began a little later than expected. According to the National Institute of Public Health (SZÚ), the current increase is due to the more contagious BA.4 or BA.5 subvariants of Omicron. According to findings so far, they do not have a worse course of the disease, but they are more than 10 times more contagious than the original version.

According to Dušek, vaccination or recovery from Covid is less effective against becoming infected with the BA.5 subvariant, but vaccines continue to work against death or the need for hospitalization with a serious course. That is why the Ministry of Health recommends people over 65 and chronically ill get revaccinated before autumn.

New cases over 1,000 for fourth day

There were 1,011 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 755 last week. It is over 1,000 for the fourth day in a row. Tests also uncovered 296 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 192 Covid patients including seven serious cases. Last week there were 136 patients and five serious cases. Two deaths were reported, following zero on the previous day. The seven-day toll is five. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Weekly incidence hits 53

The reproduction number R is 1.53, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 53, up from 51 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 131, up from 125 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 66, up from 64 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Vysočina, Liberec and Moravia-Silesia regions, at 28.

June 30, 2022

New cases over 1,000 for third day

There were 1,156 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 681 last week. It is over 1,000 for the third day in a row. Tests also uncovered 321 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 179 Covid patients including seven serious cases. Last week there were 122 patients and four serious cases. No deaths were reported, following two the previous day. The seven-day toll is four. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Prague’s weekly incidence hits 113

The reproduction number R is 1.52, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 51, up from 46 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 125, up from 113 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 64, up from 58 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Vysočina region, at 22.

June 29, 2022

New cases over 1,000 for second day

There were 1,181 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 608 last week. It is over 1,000 for the second day in a row. Tests also uncovered 334 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 148 Covid patients including seven serious cases. Last week there were 117 patients and three serious cases. Two deaths were reported, following one death the previous day. The seven-day toll is four. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Prague’s weekly incidence hits 113

The reproduction number R is 1.51, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 46, up from 41 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 113, up from 100 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 58, up from 50 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Vysočina region, at 19.

June 28, 2022

Highly contagious Omicron subvariants prevailing

The more contagious subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 of the Omicron coronavirus made up 75 percent of the samples with a positive test in Czechia last week, while a week ago, it was just one-half, the State Health Institute (SZÚ) told journalists. The number of coronavirus cases has started increasing again in the Czech Republic. Last week, there were another 3,740 of them, one-half more than in the preceding week. The number of the COVID hospitalized has risen as well. Discriminatory testing has attributed the growth to the L452R mutation, which occurs in the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants. In order to detect them accurately, there full genome sequencing. Compared with the original variant it is over 10 times more contagious. Experts say defense after the disease and vaccination is less efficient. Experts agree that people over 60 and chronically ill should undergo the vaccination by the fourth dose before the autumn wave.

Sunday’s new cases at 1,240

There were 1,241 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 608 last week. It was the most new cases since May 4. Tests also uncovered 340 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 115 Covid patients including five serious cases. Last week there were 115 patients and one serious case. One death was reported, following three days in a row with no deaths. The seven-day toll is three. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Prague’s weekly incidence hits 100

The reproduction number R is 1.51, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 41, up from 35 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 100, up from 82 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 50, up from 41 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Vysočina region, at 19.

June 27, 2022

Sunday’s new cases at 116

There were 116 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 67 last week. Tests also uncovered 115 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 103 Covid patients including three serious cases. Last week there were 100 patients and four serious cases. No deaths were reported for three days in a row. The seven-day toll is two. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Prague’s weekly incidence hits 82

The reproduction number R is 1.43, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 35, up from 34 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 82, up from 81 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 41, the same as a day earlier. The lowest is in the Vysočina region, at 14.

June 26, 2022

Week-on-week rise in new cases continues upward trend

The Czech Republic reported 237 new Covid cases on Saturday, nearly double the number of cases compared to the previous Saturday's 123 cases, according to the latest data posted by the Czech Health Ministry this morning. Throughout this past week, the number of new daily cases has been rising at a consistent rate and roughly doubling compared to the previous week.

June 24, 2022

Covid increasing for third week due to new variant

The number of cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic is growing for the third week in a row, the growth rate is accelerating. In the past seven days, the Health Ministry statistics record almost 3,300 new Covid cases, about 1,100 more than in the previous week. The incidence number thus increased for the third week in a row, there are now 31 infected per 100,000 inhabitants, a week ago it was 20. The number of hospitalized patients is also growing. The increase in the number of new cases, according to Institute of Health Information and Statistics (ÚZIS) director Ladislav Dušek, is a more contagious variant of BA.5, which is gradually displacing Omicron. Compared to the original Alpha variant, it is 10 times more contagious.

No cases more than double week on week

There were 757 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 370 last week.  The last time the Ministry registered more positives in one day was on May 9. Tests also uncovered 188 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 120 Covid patients including three serious cases. Last week there were 112 patients and five serious cases. No deaths were reported for two days in a row. The seven-day toll is two. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

R number rises to 1.42

The reproduction number R is 1.42, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 31, up from 27 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 75, up from 66 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 38, up from 33 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Vysočina region, at 13.

June 23, 2022

No deaths for three days in a row

There were 638 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 409 last week. Tests also uncovered 165 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 111 Covid patients including two serious cases. Last week there were 104 patients and five serious cases. No deaths were reported for three days in a row. The seven-day toll is three. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Prague weekly incidence at 66

The reproduction number R is 1.27, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for over two weeks. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 27, up from 24 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 66, up from 62 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 33, up from 30 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Vysočina region, at 13.

June 22, 2022

New cases over 600 for second day

There were 605 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 448 last week. Tests also uncovered 150 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 108 Covid patients including three serious cases. No deaths were reported for two days in a row. The seven-day toll is three. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Pandemic expanding for two weeks

The reproduction number R is 1.21, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for over two weeks. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 24, up from 23 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 62, up from 57 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 30, the same as a day earlier. The lowest is in the Vysočina and Olomouc regions, at 12.

June 21, 2022

Over half of new cases are Omicron subvariants

Over half of the Covid-19 cases (53 percent) that were revealed in Czechia last week are the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, the National Health Institute (SZÚ) said in a press release. It can be expected that the increase in the number of new Covid cases that began three weeks ago will continue, the SZÚ said. It seems that especially BA.5 is behind the spread of the infection. Last week, about 400 people per day tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease. In the week before, only 8 percent of the revealed COVID cases were the new Omicron subvariants. All the new subvariants of covid-19 Omicron are more contagious than Delta and previous variants, but they only cause a milder course of the illness. Coronavirus incidence was falling in Czechia from early March and started rising again at the end of May.

Monday’s new cases hit 610

There were 610 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 458 last week. Tests also uncovered 135 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 89 Covid patients including one serious case. This is down from last week’s 104 patients and four serious cases. No deaths were reported and the previous day’s toll remained at one. The seven-day toll is three. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Pandemic expanding for two weeks

The reproduction number R is 1.19, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for two weeks. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 23, up from 22 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 57, the same as a day earlier. The next highest is Plzeň at 28, up from 27 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Vysočina region, at 11.

June 20, 2022

Sunday’s new cases at 67

There were 67 new Covid cases on Sunday, compared to 61 last week. Tests also uncovered 17 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 63 Covid patients including two serious cases. This is down from last week’s 95 patients and four serious cases. One death was reported after two days with no deaths. The seven-day toll is three. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Weekly incidence in Prague at 57

The reproduction number R is 1.12, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for 13 days in a row. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 22, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 57, up from 56 a day earlier. The next highest is Plzeň at 27, down from 29 a day earlier. The lowest are in the Vysočina, Zlín, Moravia-Silesia, and Ústí nad Labem regions, at 13.

June 19, 2022

Slight upward trend in number of Covid cases continues

For the third consecutive week, the daily number of Covid cases has seen a slight but consistent week-on-week increase on almost every day. There were 122 new Covid cases reported in the country on Saturday, following 89 cases last Saturday, 81 cases the previous Saturday, and 58 cases on Saturday, May 28. There are currently 1,733 known active Covid cases in the Czech Republic.

June 17, 2022

New and recurring cases rising

There were 370 new Covid cases on Thursday, compared to 285 last week. Tests also uncovered 265 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 94 Covid patients including four serious cases. This is down from last week’s 107 patients and six serious cases. Two deaths were reported after four days with no deaths. The seven-day toll is five. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Incidence in all regions over 10

The reproduction number R is 1.17, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for 10 days in a row. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 20, up from 19 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 51, the same as a day earlier. The next highest is Plzeň at 28, up from 24 a day earlier. The lowest are in the Vysočina and Zlín regions, at 11.

June 16, 2022

No deaths for four days in a row

There were 409 new Covid cases on Wednesday, compared to 401 last week. Tests also uncovered 111 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 98 Covid patients including three serious cases. This is down from last week’s 104 patients and eight serious cases. No deaths were reported for four days in a row. The seven-day toll is three. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Prague’s weekly incidence back over 50

The reproduction number R is 1.13, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for nine days in a row. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 19, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 51, up from 49 a day earlier. The next highest is Plzeň at 24, up from 22 a day earlier. The lowest are in the Vysočina, and Liberec regions, at 10.

June 15, 2022

No deaths for three days in a row

There were 450 new Covid cases on Tuesday, compared to 313 last week. Tests also uncovered 130 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 98 Covid patients including four serious cases. This is down from last week’s 108 patients and seven serious cases. No deaths were reported for three days in a row. The seven-day toll is five. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

Weekly incidence 10 or higher in all regions

The reproduction number R is 1.15, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for nine days in a row. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 19, up from 18 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 49, up from 45 a day earlier. The next highest is Plzeň at 22, up from 20 a day earlier. The lowest are in the Vysočina, and Liberec regions, at 10.

June 14, 2022

New cases rise compared to last week

There were 459 new Covid cases on Monday, compared to 403 last week. Tests also uncovered 117 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 92 Covid patients including three serious cases, the lowest since September. This is down from last week’s 111 patients and nine serious cases. No deaths were reported for two days in a row. The seven-day toll is six. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.  

Weekly incidence stays at 18

The reproduction number R is 1.14, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for eight days in a row. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 18, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 45, up from 42 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 21, up from 20 a day earlier. The lowest are in the Zlín, Vysočina, and Liberec regions, at nine.

June 13, 2022

New cases double compared to last week

There were 61 new Covid cases on Sunday, compared to 29 last week. Tests also uncovered 30 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 72 Covid patients including two serious cases, the lowest since September. This is down from last week’s 95 patients and eight serious cases. No deaths were reported for Sunday, and one was reported for Saturday. The seven-day toll is seven. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.  

Weekly incidence at 18

The reproduction number R is 1.23, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for seven days in a row. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 18, up from 17 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 42, up from 41 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 20. The lowest are in the Ústí nad Labem and Zlín regions, at nine, followed by Liberec at 10. 

June 12, 2022

Number of new Covid cases continues slight upward trend

The Czech Republic reported 89 new Covid cases on Saturday, about ten percent more than last Saturday's 81 new cases. The week-on-week number of new Covid cases in the country increased every day over the past week. The number of patients with Covid in Czech hospitals continues to remain under 100, however, with 83 patients with Covid currently hospitalized as of Sunday morning.

June 10, 2022

Covid pandemic spreading again

There were another 1,804 COVID cases last week, almost 500 more than the week before, and after a fall lasting several months, the epidemic may have resumed spreading in the Czech Republic, according to the data the Health Ministry released. In the previous week, the daily number of newly infected never reached 400, but in the past seven days, this occurred twice. In the weekly comparison, the number of confirmed cases was rising or stagnating on all days. Experts are saying the current growth in positive tests is not dramatic and the situation will improve at the start of the summer holidays. They are warning of the need to be prepared for the more serious, autumn wave of the epidemic.

New cases increasing, but hospitalizations drop

There were 291 new Covid cases on Thursday, compared to 177 last week. Tests also uncovered 67 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 90 Covid patients including six serious cases, the lowest since September. This is down from last week’s 105 patients and eight serious cases. No deaths were reported for Thursday, and Wednesday’s figure was raised to two. The seven-day toll is five. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.  

Weekly incidence rising

The reproduction number R is 1.27, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for four days in a row. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 17, up from 16 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 41, up from 37 a day earlier. The next highest is Central Bohemia at 20. The lowest is in the Ústí nad Labem region, at eight, up from six a day earlier.  It is the only region now that has an incidence below 10.

June 9, 2022

New cases increase up substantially week on week

There were 407 new Covid cases, compared to 235 last week. Tests also uncovered 127 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 94 Covid patients including five serious cases. This is down from last week’s 127 patients and nine serious cases. One death was reported for Wednesday, and Tuesday’s figure was raised to one. The seven-day toll is six. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6.

R number over 1.0 for third day

The reproduction number R is 1.22, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for three days in a row The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 16, up from a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 37, up from 31 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Ústí nad Labem region, at six.  

June 8, 2022

New cases increase compared to last week

There were 314 new Covid cases, compared to 286 last week. Tests also uncovered 20 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 98 Covid patients including five serious cases. This is down from last week’s 127 patients and 10 serious cases. No deaths were reported for Tuesday, but Monday’s figure was raised to one. The seven-day toll is four. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 1,003 vaccine doses were applied including 806 boosters and 140 people completed vaccination.

R number stays over 1.0

The reproduction number R is 1.13, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. It has been above 1.0 for two days in a row The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 14, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 31, up from 30 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Ústí nad Labem region, at six.  

June 7, 2022

Health Minister: Covid revaccination will be free in the autumn

Re-vaccination against Covid-19 will be covered by the public health insurance in the Czech Republic at least this autumn, while the most suitable time for a booster dose is from the end of August until mid-October, Health Minister Vlastimil Válek said. The Health Ministry is negotiating the purchase of further vaccines that might be bought jointly for the entire EU and would like to agree on it by July, he added. The vaccination must start at the end of August or the beginning of September, as the most dangerous period is from end-October to February, so the risk groups should be fully vaccinated by mid-October, Válek said. Mainly the groups threatened with a serious course of the disease, such as the chronically ill and in general all over 55, should be re-vaccinated, he said. He noted that some big vaccination centers, in which people can be vaccinated without making reservations in advance, might be reopened.

No deaths for three days in a row

There were 403 new Covid cases, compared to 407 last week. Tests also uncovered 90 suspected reinfections. Testing remains low. Hospitals treated 81 Covid patients including six serious cases. This is down from last week’s 125 patients and 10 serious cases. No deaths were reported for three days in a row. The seven-day toll is four. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 1,237 vaccine doses were applied including 1,051 boosters and 126 people completed vaccination.

R number back over 1.0

The reproduction number R is 1.06, meaning the pandemic is spreading again. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 14, up from 13 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 30, up from 27 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Ústí nad Labem region, at six.  

June 6. 2022

Just 29 new cases on Sunday

There were 29 new Covid cases, the same as last Sunday. Tests also uncovered six suspected reinfections. Figures for Sunday tend to be the lowest of the week due do low testing. Hospitals treated 77 Covid patients including five serious cases. This is down from last week’s 109 patients and 10 serious cases. No deaths were reported for Sunday, and Saturday’s figure stayed at zero. The seven-day toll is five. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 113 vaccine doses were applied including 99 boosters and six people completed vaccination.

Weekly incidence stays at 13

The reproduction number R is 0.92. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 13, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 27, the same as a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec and South Bohemia regions, both at seven.  

June 5, 2022

Week-on-week number of cases rises for second straight day

After around three months of consistent week-on-week drops in the number of Covid cases reported in the Czech Republic, the number of cases rose yesterday for the second consecutive day. According to the latest data from the Health Ministry, there were 81 Covid cases reported in the Czech Republic yesterday, up from 58 last Saturday.

Two new Omicron variants found in Czech Republic

The incidence of two new strains of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, BA.4 and BA.5, have been found in the Czech Republic, the National Institute of Public Health announced during its weekly report on the epidemiological situation in the country.

Both variants have resulted in a rise in the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa and Portugal in recent weeks. For the past two months, the numbers of Covid cases in the Czech Republic have been consistently falling.

June 4, 2022

Week-on-week number of Covid cases rises Friday

The Czech Republic reported 287 new Covid cases on Friday, a slight rise from last Friday's 251 cases, according to the latest data posted by the Health Ministry this morning. After months of steady declines, yesterday's tally represents a rare uptick in the number of reported cases.

The number of Covid patients in Czech hospitals dropped to 96 yesterday, the first time that number dropped below 100 since last September.

June 3, 2022

Numbers continue to drop

There were 176 new Covid cases, down from 244 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 27 suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 117 Covid patients including eight serious cases. This is down from last week’s 101 patients and six serious cases. One death were reported for Thursday, and Wednesday’s figure stayed at zero. The seven-day toll is seven. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 1,491 vaccine doses were applied including 1,165 boosters and 205 people completed vaccination.

Weekly incidence stays at 13

The reproduction number R is 0.86. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 13, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 25, down from 27 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at six, while the South Bohemia and Ústí nad Labem regions are at seven.  

June 2, 2022

New cases drop again

There were 251 new Covid cases, down from 358 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 57 suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 117 Covid patients including eight serious cases. This is down from last week’s 164 patients and eight serious cases. No deaths were reported for Wednesday, and Tuesday’s figure stayed at one. The seven-day toll is six. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 1,665 vaccine doses were applied including 1,348 boosters and 218 people completed vaccination.

Weekly incidence below 10 in six regions

The reproduction number R is 0.89. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 13, down from 14 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 27, down from 30 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region, at six. The incidence is at 10 or below in six regions.

June 1, 2022

New cases increase week on week

There were 293 new Covid cases, up from 198 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 48 suspected reinfections. Testing is very low and last week’s figure was an anomaly. Hospitals treated 112 Covid patients including seven serious cases. This is down from last week’s 164 patients and 11 serious cases. One death was reported for Tuesday, and Monday’s figure was revised to two. The seven-day toll is five. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 1,435 vaccine doses were applied including 1,158 boosters and 175 people completed vaccination.

R number slowly rising

The reproduction number R is 0.92. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 14, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 31, up from 28 a day earlier. The Liberec, Moravia-Silesia, South Bohemia, and Ústí nad Labem regions are all tied for lowest at nine.

May 31, 2022

Seven day death toll at five

There were 316 new Covid cases, compared to 407 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 64 suspected reinfections. Testing, however, is very low. Hospitals treated 106 Covid patients including eight serious cases. This is down from last week’s 183 patients and 11 serious cases. No death was reported for Monday, but Sunday’s figure was revised to one. The seven-day toll is five. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 1,211 vaccine doses were applied including 1,002 boosters and 142 people completed vaccination.

Weekly incidence at nine of below in five regions

The reproduction number R is 0.81. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 14, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 28, down from 30 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Moravia-Silesia region at eight, down from 10 a day earlier. The Plzeň, Liberec, Soith Bohemia and Ústí nad Labem regions are all at nine.

May 30, 2022

New Covid cases lowest since May 2020

There were 29 new Covid cases, compared to 63 a week earlier. This is the fewest cases since May 17, 2020. Tests also uncovered four suspected reinfections. Testing, however, is very low. Hospitals treated 96 Covid patients including nine serious cases. This is down from last week’s 164 patients and six serious cases. No deaths were reported for two days in a row. The seven-day toll is eight. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 120 vaccine doses were applied including 107 boosters and four people completed vaccination.

Weekly incidence 10 or below in five regions

The reproduction number R is 0.86. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 14, down from 15 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 30, the same as a day earlier. The lowest is in the Plzeň region at eight, the same as a day earlier. Five regions as at 10 or below.

May 28, 2022

Week-on-week number of Covid cases continues steady decline

The Czech Republic reported 256 new Covid cases on Friday, a week-on-week decrease of 70 cases, according to the latest data released by the Czech Health Ministry today. The week-on-week number of cases continues to steadily decline, despite a slight rise in cases on Wednesday; an unusually low number of cases reported for Tuesday may have led to additional cases reported the following day.

May 27, 2022

New cases drop again week on week

There were 245 new Covid cases, compared to 359 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 51 suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 138 Covid patients including eight serious cases. This is down from last week’s 203 patients and six serious cases. No deaths were reported, and Wednesday’s figure remained at one. The seven-day toll is 13. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 1,847 vaccine doses were applied including 1,489 boosters and 217 people completing vaccination.

Weekly incidence drops to eight in Plzeň region

The reproduction number R is 0.76. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 16, down from 17 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 30, down from 33 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Plzeň region at eight, down from 10 a day earlier.

May 26, 2022

New Covid cases rise compared to last week

There were 359 new Covid cases, compared to 356 a week earlier. This is the first week-on-week increase in several months. Tests also uncovered 63 suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 135 Covid patients including nine serious cases. This is down from last week’s 208 patients and eight serious cases. One death was reported, and Tuesday’s figure remained at two. The seven-day toll is 13. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 2,574 vaccine doses were applied including 2,195 boosters and 228 people completing vaccination.

Weekly incidence stays at 17

The reproduction number R is 0.80. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 17, the same as a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 33, up from 32 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Plzeň region at 10, down from 11 a day earlier.

May 25, 2022

New cases fall by over half

There were 198 new Covid cases, compared to 488 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 42 suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 147 Covid patients including nine serious cases. This is down from last week’s 214 patients and eight serious cases. Two deaths were reported, but Monday’s figure was revised to four. The seven-day toll is 14. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 1,406 vaccine doses were applied including 1,149 boosters and 154 people completing vaccination.

Weekly incidence hits 10 in South Bohemia

The reproduction number R is 0.75. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 17, down from 19 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 32, down from 40 a day earlier. The lowest is in the South Bohemia region at 10, down from 12 a day earlier.

May 24, 2022

New cases continue to drop

There were 408 new Covid cases, compared to 517 a week earlier. Tests also uncovered 70 suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 144 Covid patients including seven serious cases. This is down from last week’s 231 patients and nine serious cases. One death was reported, but Sunday’s figure stayed at zero. The seven-day toll is 11. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 1.432 vaccine doses were applied including 1182 boosters and 149 people completing vaccination.

Weekly incidence at 12 in three regions

The reproduction number R is 0.78. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 19, down from 21 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 40, the same as a day earlier. The lowest is in the Karlovy Vary, South Bohemia, and Olomouc regions, all at 12.  

May 23, 2022

New cases lowest since June 27

There were 62 new Covid cases, compared to 69 a week earlier. It is the fewest cases since June 27, 2021. Tests also uncovered eight suspected reinfections. Hospitals treated 145 Covid patients including six serious cases. This is down from last week’s 207 patients and nine serious cases. No deaths were reported, and Saturday’s figure was revised to one. The seven-day toll is seven. Deaths have been below 10 per day since May 6. Some 145 vaccine doses were applied including 132 boosters and five people completing vaccination.

Weekly incidence down to 20

The reproduction number R is 0.78. The incidence number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days is 20, down from 21 a day earlier. It is highest in Prague, at 40, down from 41 a day earlier. The lowest is in the Liberec region at 12, the same as a day earlier.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.  

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.

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.  

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

"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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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