Czech Republic coronavirus updates, September 9: record-breaking 1,164 new coronavirus cases

COVID-19 has been spreading quickly in several parts of the Czech Republic, including Prague

Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro Published on 09.09.2020 08:38:25 (updated on 09.09.2020) Reading time: 2 minutes

A record-breaking 1,164 new coronavirus cases were reported in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, blowing the previous highest daily increase out of the water, according to the latest data published by the Czech Health Ministry this morning.

It’s the seventh time since the start of the epidemic that the daily rise has been more than 500 new cases, and the sixth time in the past seven days.

The number of tests being conducted is also reaching new highs, exceeding 10,000 for four straight days last week and hitting 13,261 on Friday, when 508 new cases were reported. The number of tests performed on Tuesday will be updated later today.

There have now been 29,877 COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic since the start of the epidemic in March, 20,164 recoveries, and 441 COVID-19-related deaths. Currently, there are 9,272  known active cases in the country.

Most patients have only mild symptoms or no symptoms of the disease. However, the number of hospitalized patients has doubled over the past two weeks. A total of 234 patients have been hospitalized, 62 of which are in serious condition. That’s the highest number since April 29.

The situation is the worst in the capital city of Prague, which is the only one of the country’s 76 districts to be marked yellow on the national “traffic light” COVID-19 risk map. The other districts are either green (low risk) or white (no risk or negligible risk).

Starting today, face masks will become mandatory at additional locations in Prague, including all shops and shopping centers and in the common areas of schools.

Additionally, bars and clubs in the Czech capital will be required to close from midnight until 6 a.m. to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Prague has reported a high of about 88 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, but another locale has surpassed this rate in recent days.

Pelhřimov has reached about 102 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents after a recent outbreak; the Vysočina region has requested military assistance to help handle the situation at a Pelhřimov senior home where at least two dozen residents and 18 employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Třebíč, Svitavy, Hodonín, Plzeň-South, Tábor, Kladno, Prague-East, Prague-West, Tabor and Beroun have all reported more than 60 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past week.

Meanwhile, a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Czech scientists has been successfully tested on rodents, ending the first stage of development.

Czech researchers have also developed a rapid COVID-19 test that produces results in an hour. 

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