Released: 17.10.2020, 19:13
Prague – The daily increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic exceeded 10,000 for the first time since the beginning of the epidemic; on Friday, laboratories found 11,105 infected. In addition, the number of hospitalized and deceased people with proven covid-19 disease continues to rise in the Czech Republic. The number of deaths has increased by 55 since the morning data to a total of 1,338 deaths. Half of the deaths fall in October, and 21 people have died so far today. According to data from the Ministry of Health, 3,415 people were hospitalized on Friday, 295 more than on Thursday, 596 of them were in serious condition, 45 more.
Since March, 164,422 people have been shown to have been infected with coronavirus in the Czech Republic, and in October alone more than 93,000 cases were added. The Czech Republic has had higher daily increments since the beginning of the month than much larger Germany, this week they crossed the 9000 mark for the first time. less than at the same time on record Friday. At the weekend, however, it is usually less tested.
On Friday, laboratories in the Czech Republic evaluated a record 37,825 tests, the current maximum from Wednesday was about 3,000 lower. There were 29.36 percent positive tests on Friday. Minister of Health Roman Prymula (for YES) said at a press conference on Friday that the limit to which the Czech Republic needs to reach is a share below ten percent positive of all daily tests.
According to Prymula, infections will increase for another ten days to two weeks. Experts say that about three to four percent of those infected will enter hospitals, of which about 20 percent will be in serious condition. The time from diagnosis to severe symptoms that require hospitalization is between a week and ten days. The intensive care coordinator in the country, Vladimír Černý, said on Friday that the coming weeks will be extremely difficult for the Czech healthcare system, very demanding, especially for healthcare professionals, but there is no danger of the system collapsing.
“That next week will still be relatively calm, but the next 14 days will be, the critical ones will be,” Prymula said in a video on twitter. However, according to him, we managed to significantly increase the capacity of beds in the normal mode, from 5,000 to 10,000, and also ventilated beds from 1,000 to almost 1,500. “So I think we should stop this phase without any major problems. The bottleneck is the staff, we do everything to have enough staff, “he added.
The number of deaths doubled in October. The Minister of Health today noted that if the government allowed the epidemic to take place without measures, there could be around 30,000 deaths. “If we take the number of deaths from the flu, we get somewhere at 1900 per year, whether we take any action or not,” he said why there is no need to take restrictive measures because of the flu. “That’s the main problem. That’s why we’re taking the measures, and it’s logical that if we made them very hard in the first wave, there were only a few hundred dead. We’ll be worse off at the moment, but it’s still significantly lower, than if we did nothing, “he said in another post on twitter.
Due to the unfavorable development of the coronavirus epidemic, stricter anti-epidemic measures have been in force throughout the Czech Republic since Wednesday. All schools from primary to tertiary have switched to distance learning, except for classes for children with special needs. Restaurants, bars, clubs are closed, cultural and sports events are prohibited. A maximum of six people can gather. No further action will be taken in the coming days, Prymula said on Friday.