Czech Republic coronavirus updates, July 14: 64 new cases Monday, select non-EU tourist travel opened

Tourists from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, and South Korea can now enter the Czech Republic without restrictions

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky
Published on 14.07.2020 09:49 (updated on 14.07.2020)

There were 64 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the Czech Republic yesterday, according to the latest figures posted by the Czech Health Ministry this morning.

The number represents the lowest daily rise in new confirmed cases on a weekday since 63 new cases were reported on Monday, June 22.

Over the weekend, the Czech Republic reported 53 new cases on Saturday and 59 on Sunday, though considerably fewer tests are usually performed over weekends.

The new COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic are still generally confined to three outbreak zones, though the rate of new cases in Karviná has been steadily declining following the end of blanket testing on employees at the OKD coal mine facilities last week.

In Karviná there have now been about 73 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, and in neighboring Frýdek-Místek 35 new cases per 100,000 residents. In Kutná Hora, there have been 30 new cases per 100,00 resident over the past week, and in Jihlava 16 new cases.

In Jihlava, mandatory face mask restrictions have come back into force from today. They are also valid in Karviná, the village of Církvice in Kutná Hora, and in Prague on the metro system.

No other district in the Czech Republic has reported more than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past week, and about half of the country’s districts have reported zero new cases in that span.

In Prague, there have been 5.6 cases per 100,000 residents over the past week, a number that has remained relatively stable for the past month.

As of this morning, here have been 13,238 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic since the beginning of the outbreak in mid-March.

Over that period, there have been a total of 353 COVID-19-related deaths and 8,373 confirmed recoveries, leaving a total of 4,512 known active cases in the country. A total of 132 of those cases are being treated in hospitals, with 15 considered to be in serious condition.

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Yesterday, the Czech Republic announced that tourist travel from six non-EU countries – Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, and South Korea – would now be possible without any restrictions.

Two weeks ago, the Czech Republic added these countries to its list of “green” safe travel destinations, along with Serbia and Montenegro. Those two countries have since been placed back among the Czech Republic’s “red” high-risk destinations, requiring a negative COVID-19 test for all travelers.

Previously, officials had stated that while Czech residents were able to travel back to the Czech Republic from these destinations, they would wait for a reciprocal agreement permitting Czech residents to enter before allowing their residents entry to the Czech Republic.

That reciprocal agreement does not appear to have materialized for any of the countries on the list, leaving restrictions in place for Czech residents entering them, but the Foreign Ministry has nevertheless opened tourist travel for residents of these six countries.

Over the weekend, Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtěch warned of the risk of  travelling abroad, noting an increase in COVID-19 cases among travelers returning to the Czech Republic and specifically noting three popular summer destinations: Croatia, Bulgaria, and Greece.