Czech Republic coronavirus updates, August 6: 244 new cases, few Czechs bringing COVID back from abroad

Authorities have found that only a small percentage of those getting tested caught the disease abroad

Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro Published on 06.08.2020 08:50:45 (updated on 06.08.2020) Reading time: 2 minutes

The Czech Republic reported 244 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infected people to a record 5,232, according to the latest statistics released by the Czech Health Ministry this morning.

Despite the high number of people known to be infected with coronavirus, there are just 121 people hospitalized due to the virus. It’s crucial for experts that the number of the hospitalized and those in need of intensive care does not changing dramatically. Of those hospitalized, only around 19 are in serious condition, according to officials.

So far, there have been 388 COVID-19-related deaths; more than 11,900 people have recovered from the virus as well, according to the Czech Health Ministry.

During the week, officials continue to conduct more COVID-19 tests. A total of 8,040 people were tested for the virus on Wednesday, a similar number to last week.

The most affected region continues to be the Frýdek-Místek district, where there have been 78 positive cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days, a number that has grown as the week progresses.

Part of that increase comes from an outbreak in the region at a choir returning home from Poland, where more than 40 members of the choir and their relatives became infected with the virus. In addition, there was an outbreak at a sanitary facility in Jablunkov and several people came down with coronavirus and an outbreak at a Convent of the Elizabethan Sisters infected more than 60 people.

Other affected regions include the Karvina region, where 24 people tested positive per 100,000; the Prachatice region, which registered 21 new infections per 100,000 people; Tabor, where there are 11 positive cases per 100,000 people; and Prague and Prague West, which each have over 15 new cases per 100,000.

In travel news, Czech Republic and Slovakia were added to Ukraine’s list of “red zone” countries, as were more than 120 additional countries, due to the local coronavirus situation. Upon arrival to Ukraine, it is necessary for travelers from those countries to present a negative coronavirus test or enter quarantine.

Earlier in the year, one major concern when borders opened was the spread of coronavirus. However, authorities are finding a small percentage of those getting tested caught the disease abroad: just 52 of 1,754 Czechs tested in the past week, according to Renata Povolna from the Czech Health Ministry.

Czech chief sanitary official Jarmila Razova said this week that the infection is brought to the Czech Republic from abroad only in a very small number of cases. Povolna said that five people got infected in Austria, four in Serbia, three in Slovakia and three in Spain in the past seven days. Twenty four caught the virus in Croatia.

In addition, face masks may soon be introduced indoors across Prague, Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said after a City Council meeting on Monday.

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