Czech Republic coronavirus updates, August 14: 330 new cases, most since April 3

The number of new cases yesterday was the third-highest since the beginning of the outbreak in March

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky
Published on 14.08.2020 09:33 (updated on 14.08.2020)

There were 330 new COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic yesterday, according to the latest figures posted by the Czech Health Ministry this morning.

The daily rise yesterday of new COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic was the highest in more than four months, since 334 new cases were confirmed on April 3, and the third-highest tally since the beginning of the outbreak in mid-March.

In total, there have now been 19,401 reported COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic since March. About 70% of those cases (13,574) have been confirmed recovered, and there have been 391 COVID-19-related deaths, leaving a record-high 5,436 known active cases in the country.

Since Tuesday, no new COVID-19-related deaths have been reported. The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Czech Republic has remained at 131, with 24 considered to be in serious condition.

The low number of hospitalized patients, contrasted with a recent increase in new COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic, has led some local experts to claim that the virus is weakening.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, the highest daily tally of COVID-19 cases has been 377, reported on March 27. The rise has exceeded 300 just six times over the past five months, but now twice in the past week, following 323 new cases reported last Friday.

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Prague has seen a notable increase in new cases this week, and now reports just under 30 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days.

The capital is the second most-affected area of the Czech Republic at the moment, following Frýdek-Místek (42 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week). However, Frýdek-Místek has seen a large drop in new cases over the past few days.

Klatovy (23 cases), Havlíčkův Brod (23 cases), Příbram (21 cases), and Prague-East (21 cases) have also reported more than 20 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past week.

On Monday, the Czech Health Ministry released an updated regional map identifying Prague and Frýdek-Místek as the only two areas in the Czech Republic with increased risk of COVID-19 transmission. Should this week’s trends continue to next Monday, Prague might be the only risky locality on the Health Ministry’s next map.

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