Children and adults wearing face masks on the streets of Prague

Czech Republic coronavirus updates, June 1: less than 40 new cases daily over the weekend

The Czech Republic reported 38 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday following 34 new cases Saturday

The Czech Republic reported 38 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, according to the latest figures provided by the Czech Health Ministry this morning.

Sunday’s number follows 34 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, giving the Czech Republic two consecutive days with under 4o new cases for the first time since May 9-10.

Apart from a high of 111 new cases on May 18 that can be tied to the breakout at the Darkov mine facility, the daily rise in new COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic was below 100 every day in May. At the height of the crisis in late May and early April, the daily rise was routinely 200-300 cases or more.

The Czech Republic conducted a total of 2,105 COVID-19 tests on Sunday, which was also low compared to other days over the past week, though a lower number of tests are usually conducted over the weekend. The ratio of positive results to tests conducted on Sunday was 1.81%.

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In total, the Czech Republic has now conducted 442,866 tests, with 9,273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak in mid-March.

Only 2,390 of those cases are currently active, however, as the country has also reported a total of 6,562 recoveries and 320 deaths.

Over the past month, the daily rise in new COVID-19 cases has remained steady, suggesting that the Czech Republic’s plan for re-opening shops, restaurants, and other facilities has not had a significant impact on the levels of new cases in the country, echoing statements by Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtěch last week.

As of last Monday, May 25, nearly all businesses in the Czech Republic have been allowed to reopen.

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Social distancing measures are still being enforced, however, as well as a requirement to wear masks at indoor locations including shops and restaurants (when not eating or drinking).

While the requirement to wear a mask while outdoors ended as of last Monday, half of Czechs surveyed said that they will continue to wear a face mask outside.

In an interview with Italian TV over the weekend, doctor Alberto Zangrillo stated that the virus was losing its potency and becoming less and less lethal.

“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” he said.

“The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago.”

 

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