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Czech Republic coronavirus updates, August 4: 210 new cases, masks likely to become mandatory next month

While there are nearly 5,000 known active COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic, the number of hospitalized patients has hit a new low of 94

The Czech Republic reported 210 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, according to the latest statistics released by the Czech Health Ministry this morning.

While an increase over the weekend numbers, considerably fewer tests are conducted over the weekend. The daily rise in new COVID-19 yesterday is roughly consistent with numbers reported throughout the last two weeks, and lower than highs in the 270s posted last week.

The country has now crossed 17,000 total COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic in March, standing at 17,008.

There have been a total of 386 COVID-19 related deaths in that span, and 11,708 reported recoveries.

The number of known active COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic is 4,914, the highest number since the beginning of the outbreak, but the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to drop, now standing at 94. Nineteen of those patients are considered to be in serious condition.

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The ratio of hospitalized patients to known active cases is the lowest since the start of the outbreak in mid-March.

Numbers in Prague have been on a slight decline over the past week, and now stand at just under 21 cases per 100,000 residents over the past week. That number was in the high twenties last week following continued cases traced back to an outbreak at the Techtle Mechtle club in mid-July.

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While previously on the decline, there has been a resurgence of cases in North Moravia; the Frýdek-Místek district has now reported about 47 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, the highest number in the country.

Prachatice has seen 43 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, while Tábor has reported 27 cases per 100,000 residents over that timeframe.

Yesterday, the Czech Health Ministry published the first regional risk map of the Czech Republic, which assesses risk by district on a green-yellow-red traffic light system.

Prague, Prague-East, Prague-West, Brno, Ostrava, Frýdek-Místek, Karviná, Tábor, and Prachatice have all been assessed the green lowest-level warning, suggesting occurrence of COVID-19 without community transmission. No other Czech district has warranted a warning level; the map will be updated each week.

According to Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib, the obligation to wear face masks in indoor public spaces is likely to be implemented in Prague once again from September. Currently, face masks are only mandatory in the Prague metro and health facilities, including doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

Following a startling first-hand account of COVID-19 bureaucracy posted by the Prague Police over the weekend, the Czech Health Ministry has refuted claims of procedural mistakes by the regional health office, instead placing blame on general practitioners.

Prague’s Chief of Police, Eduard Šuster, however, continues to battle health officials in local media, claiming they were not interested in the facts of the reported case, only in getting the story removed from social media.

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