Empty streets of Ljubljana, Slovenia, during the coronavirus pandemic via iStock / kasto80

Czech Republic coronavirus updates, July 3: 132 new cases, Slovenia removes ČR from safe countries list

Czech residents travelling to Slovenia after July 4 must now undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine

There were 132 new COVID-19 cases reported in the Czech Republic on Thursday, according to the latest data published by the Czech Health Ministry this morning.

The number of new cases reported on Thursday is more than the 89 new cases on Wednesday, but still the second-lowest daily total over the past week.

The majority of new cases being reported continues to be from the blanket testing conducted at the OKD mines in the Karviná.

Yesterday, OKD announced that they were suspending all mining operations in Karviná for the next six months after more than 20% of around 3,400 employees tested were positive for COVID-19.

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While Karviná currently has tighter anti-coronavirus restrictions in place than the rest of the Czech Republic, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch stated yesterday that there were no plans to quarantine the locality.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in mid-March, the Czech Republic has now reported a total of 12,178 COVID-19 cases.

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There have been 7,822 confirmed recoveries, and 351 COVID-19-related deaths; currently, there are 132 COVID-19 patients being treated in Czech hospitals.

The number of known active COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic has crossed 4,000 for the first time since April 20, standing at 4,005 as of this morning.

Still, the vast majority of confirmed active cases are in Karviná and surrounding localities. There have been 279 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in Karviná over the past seven days, 36 in Frýdek-Místek, and 32 in Ostrava.

In Prague over the past week, there have been just under five cases reported per 100,000 residents.

As of this morning, Slovenia has removed the Czech Republic from its list of safe countries, and now requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine for Czech residents coming to the country after July 4. France and Croatia were also removed from Slovenia’s list of safe countries following a rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.

Travel through Slovenia is still permitted as long as travelers have documents showing their route and destination.

For foreigners travelling to Spain or Greece in July, a form must be submitted in advance of travel to allow authorities better means of tracking incoming tourists.

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