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Czech Republic reports 57 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, lowest in three days

Prague, May 8 (CTK) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic rose by 57 on Thursday, the lowest rise in three days, and reached a total of 8,034 according to data from the Health Ministry’s website released at 8:30 today.

A total of 4,372 patients with COVID-19 have recovered and 270 have died so far.

Out of the people tested on Thursday, 0.81 percent tested positive for COVID-19, which is a lower share than on Wednesday and roughly the same as on Tuesday.

On Thursday, 7,071 coronavirus tests were performed, the lowest daily number this week. In total, 293,992 coronavirus tests have been made in the Czech Republic, including the ones repeated in the same person.

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Three people have recovered from COVID-19 since last night, and the death toll increased by one.

At present, there are 3,392 currently ill with COVID-19 in the country. The number of those hospitalized is still decreasing. On Thursday, 258 were in Czech hospitals, including 46 in a serious condition; that number dropped under 50 for the first time since March 27.

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The Thursday daily rise in new cases is lower than on Wednesday (78) and on Tuesday (77). However, on Monday, only 38 new cases were reported. The figures from the past weekend were even lower, but the number of tests was very low, too.

The highest coronavirus incidence is still in the capital of Prague, over 1,800 cases, followed by Moravia-Silesia with 1,139 cases.

On the contrary, the lowest incidence is in the Vysočina and South Bohemia regions with 177 and 179 cases respectively.

The situation in South Bohemia is the best if counted per population as well, since there are under 28 infected per 100,000 inhabitants.

In this respect, the worst situation is in the Karlovy Vary Region with more than 142 infected per 100,000 inhabitants.

Prague has also the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths, 90 since the beginning of the epidemic, while about 40 died in Moravia-Silesia. The lowest death toll, just one fatality, is in the Zlin Region.

The first three coronavirus cases were registered in the Czech Republic on March 1; the first COVID-19-related fatality on March 22.

The preliminary results of the study of collective immunity or the exposure of the population to the infection, released on Wednesday, show a very low COVID-19 incidence in the Czech population, about one per mille. The study tested the inhabitants of the capital of Prague, the second largest city of Brno as well as of Litomerice, a small town in North Bohemia, and the Olomouc Region, central Moravia.

Daily numbers of tests, positive result rise in past week:

Date: Number of tests (Newly confirmed cases of infection)
May 1: 4,343 (55)
May 2: 3,894 (18)
May 3: 3,677 (26)
May 4: 7,545 (38)
May 5: 9,431 (77)
May 6: 8,287 (78)
May 7: 7,071 (57)

Source: Health Ministry

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