Czech Republic coronavirus updates, Nov. 19: Fewer in hospital, possible lifting of restrictions ahead

Number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 the lowest since October 26, first and second graders return to school.

ČTK

Written by ČTK
Published on 19.11.2020 08:07 (updated on 19.11.2020)

According to the latest figures from the Czech Health Ministry, the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients dropped by more than 500 in the country to 6,322 last night, but the death toll rose to 6,740.

There were 5,515 new Covid-19 cases confirmed yesterday, up by 1,269 from the day before.

Since the pandemic outbreak in the country in March, 475,284 people have tested positive for the disease, more than 367,574 of whom have recovered. There are over 100,970 active cases now. Most of the infected have only mild symptoms of the disease.

The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 is now the lowest since October 26. For the first time since then, those in serious condition dropped under 1,000, to 961.

However, the number of Covid-19-related deaths continues to rise. Since October 19 the daily number of deaths has been in the triple-digits.

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Testing facilities conducted 17,100 coronavirus tests on Tuesday, which was a national holiday, about 9,000 fewer than on previous day. However, the number of tests at weekends and on holidays is usually lower than on workdays.

The share of the positive tests rose to 24.8 percent on Tuesday, bringing the seven-day average to 24 percent.

The PES risk assessment index currently stands at 62 today.

The Health Ministry said last week that if the value remained under 75 by Wednesday, it would recommend to the government that lockdown measures be loosened, most likely as early as next Monday.

Health Minister Jan Blatny (ANO) told Czech TV last night that the Czech Republic may reach level three (medium) on the PES risk assessment index system by Christmas. Today, he will assess the data and possibly move the assessment level to four, making way for the loosening of restrictions.

The virus is currently spreading the fastest in the Havlickuv Brod district with almost 700 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days, followed by the Chrudim district, in east Bohemia, with 577 cases and the Pelhrimov district, south Bohemia, with 575 cases per 100,000.

Yesterday, first and second grade elementary school students, as well as students from special schools for the disabled, returned to school. The majority of the students attended the first day back yesterday, according to the Czech Pedagogic Chamber professional association.

Latest pandemic totals in the Czech Republic:

  • Number of confirmed deaths: 6,740
  • Number of current cases: 100,970
  • Number currently hospitalized: 6,322
  • Number of people recovered: 367,574
  • Total number of confirmed cases: 475,284
  • Number of tests: 2,830,004