Traveler standing above a social distancing sign at Prague Airport via iStock / Chalabala

Czech Republic coronavirus updates, June 26: 93 new cases Thursday, new testing at Prague Airport

The recent rise in cases is largely due to localized outbreaks in the Karviná, Frýdek-Místek, and Liberec regions

There were 93 new COVID-19 cases reported in the Czech Republic on Thursday, according to the latest data provided by the Czech Health Ministry this morning.

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The number roughly falls in line with others reported this week, after 63 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Czech Republic on Monday, 89 new cases Tuesday, and a new two-month high of 127 cases on Wednesday.

The number of tests performed was significantly lower on Thursday, at 2,930. There were 4,576 tests performed Tuesday and 4,182 on Wednesday.

However, the recent rise in cases is largely due to localized outbreaks in the Karviná, Frýdek-Místek, and Liberec regions.

The Karviná district has been an epicenter of COVID-19 cases after hundreds of cases were uncovered at the OKD coal mine facility over the past weeks. Over the past seven days, there have been more than 69 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in Karviná.

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From today and until next Tuesday, blanket testing will continue on OKD employees in Karviná, with more than 3,000 additional tests to be performed.

Incidence of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic is likely to rise along with the increased testing at this localized outbreak, as well as others.

But new COVID-19 cases have been down over recent weeks in most other Czech districts; over the past seven days, there have been less than 6 new cases per 100,000 residents reported in both Prague and Brno.

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In total, there have now been 10,870 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic since the beginning of the outbreak in mid-March, following more than 536,000 tests.

There have now been 345 COVID-19-related deaths reported and 7,633 recoveries, leaving 2,892 known active cases in the country. 125 of those cases are being treated in Czech hospitals.

Today, Prague’s Václav Havel has unveiled new testing centers to serve the public and air travel passengers directly in the Airport.

Both departing passengers who need a negative test for their destination and arriving passengers who need a negative test to enter the Czech Republic are able to purchase a test for 1,750 crowns.

Depending on a traveler’s country of residence and their country of departure, a negative COVID-19 test may still required for entry or re-entry to the Czech Republic.

According to a recent poll, roughly a quarter of Czech residents said they will avoid shopping malls in the near future due to coronavirus concerns, despite the government’s restrictions on shopping being lifted in recent weeks.

At the beginning of June, 42% of Czech residents had limited their use of public transportation, and two-thirds of people actively avoided large crowds of people.

Online shopping saw a huge rise in the Czech Republic during the coronavirus crisis, and 10% of people said they will continue shopping online instead of going to physical shops in the future.

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