Czech Republic coronavirus updates, June 12: 62 new cases Thursday, most regions "virtually COVID-19 free"

"We do not have a general problem, but there are local outbreaks," says Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamáček

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 12.06.2020 09:24:09 (updated on 12.06.2020) Reading time: 2 minutes

There were 62 new coronavirus cases recorded in the Czech Republic on Friday, according to the latest figures from the Czech Health Ministry published this morning.

The daily rise falls right in line with numbers reported throughout the week, following 61 new cases on Sunday, 69 on Monday, 54 on Tuesday, and 73 on Wednesday.

While the new cases of COVID-19 being reported daily are not declining, they remain consistently low, with the number rising above 100 only once since the beginning of May. At the height of the coronavirus crisis in the Czech Republic in late April and early May, the country was routinely reporting more than 300 new cases daily.

“The situation in the Czech Republic is consistent, it is not deteriorating,” Interior Minister Jan Hamáček told reporters at a press conference yesterday.

“We don’t have a surface problem. Most regions are virtually free of COVID-19. We do not have a general problem, but there are local outbreaks.”

A total of 3,546 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Thursday, giving a ratio of positive results to tests conducted of 1.75%. The number of daily tests conducted has been steadily decreasing over the past weeks, following highs of around 8,000 during the height of the pandemic.

Prague remains the region of the Czech Republic with the highest number of total coronavirus cases since the beginning of the outbreak, with 2,269; after a recent breakout at the Darkov mine that has seen about 470 employees and family members test positive for COVID-19, the Moravian-Silesian region has recorded the second-highest total, at 1,802.

Three recoveries have been reported for Thursday so far, following 29 on Wednesday and 19 on Tuesday. The total number of recoveries now stands at 7,170, accounting for the vast majority of total COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic.

One new death was reported on Thursday, bringing the total to 329.

There are currently 2,388 known active COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic, with 111 of them currently being hospitalized.

As the COVID-19 situation improves throughout the EU, most European states are planning to open their borders to restriction-free travel in the coming weeks, if they have not already done so.

Travel between the Czech Republic and Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary is already (generally) possible without restrictions including the need to produce a negative COVID-19 test.

Germany and Poland, meanwhile, have announced that they will be opening their borders with the Czech Republic from next week.


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