Disinfectant dispensers at Prague Airport in March 2020 via iStock / MadKruben

Czech Republic coronavirus updates, July 7: new cases on the decline, ČR back on Slovenia’s safe list

With the exception of those from the Moravian-Silesian region, Czech residents may freely travel to Slovenia once again as of today

The Czech Republic reported its lowest tally of new COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks yesterday, according to the latest data posted by the Czech Health Ministry this morning.

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There were 51 new COVID-19 cases reported on Monday, following totals of 75 on Sunday and 121 on Saturday. As expected, fewer tests were performed in the Czech Republic over the holiday weekend, but the trend of new cases in the country has generally been on the decline over the past seven days.

Last weekend, the daily total of new cases in the Czech Republic peaked at 305, the highest number since April, after blanket testing on OKD employees in the Karviná district revealed an infection rate of more than 20%.

The Czech Republic’s daily increase in new COVID-19 cases has been on the decline since the blanket testing in Karviná ended early last week, but the situation in that area remains a concern.

Over the past seven days, much of that span after the blanket testing, Karviná has reported about 173 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents as family members of OKD employees and others that have come into their contact continue to test positive at high rates.

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Neighboring Ostrava and Frýdek-Místek have reported 27 and 23 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past week, respectively.

The COVID-19 situation in Prague, meanwhile, remains stable. The Czech capital has reported just 4 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past week, a number that hasn’t seen any big swings over the past few weeks.

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There has been a slightly worrying trend in the Kutná Hora district, however, which has reported 25 new COVID-19 cases over the past seven days, the third-highest total in the Czech Republic over that span.

Following the high numbers reported last weekend in the Czech Republic, Slovenia placed the country on their “yellow” list of medium-risk countries, requiring a 14-day quarantine for incoming Czech residents, last Friday.

Following protest by Czech officials including Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, however, who cited low COVID-19 total across the rest of the country save for Karviná and its immediate surroundings, Slovenia has mostly reversed that decision. Travel for most Czech residents to Slovenia is now without restriction, with the exception of those coming from the Moravian-Silesian region, who still face a 14-day quarantine.

All Czech residents will still face quarantine, or the need to provide a negative COVID-19 test, in order to travel to three other EU states: Latvia, Estonia and Cyprus. According to local officials, a turnaround from these countries is not expected in the immediate future.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in mid-March, the Czech Republic has reported a total of 12,566 COVID-19 cases.

There have been 7,873 confirmed recoveries during that span, and 350 COVID-19-related deaths, leaving a total of 4,343 known active cases in the country as of this morning.

 

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