EU data reveals how the Czech COVID situation compares to the rest of Europe

On Tuesday, the number of daily new cases crossed 1,000 for the first time ever

Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro
Published on 09.09.2020 11:11 (updated on 09.09.2020)

In the past 14 days, the coronavirus situation in the Czech Republic has worsened significantly. On Tuesday, the number of daily new cases crossed 1,000 for the first time ever.

The situation has gotten so bad that the Czech Republic has become one of the the countries with the worst COVID-19 situations per capita, according to numbers from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Over the past two weeks, only Spain, France, Croatia, Romania and Malta have had higher rates of COVID-19 than the Czech Republic.

Over the past 14 days, the Czech Republic has has 61.4 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. In comparison, Spain has had 255.9 per 100,000 people in the past two weeks; France has had 125.5 per 100,00; Romania has had 85.3 per 100,000; Croatia has had 92.5 per 100,000; and Malta has had 82.9 per 100,000.

The numbers are much lower among Czech neighbors. Germany has had just 21 cumulative cases in the past 14 days per 100,00 people; Poland has had 23.2 per 100,00; Austria has had 48.9 per 100,00 and Slovakia has had 22.2 pr 100,000. Find all the numbers right here. 

The situation is the worst in the capital city of Prague, which is the only one of the country’s 76 districts to be marked yellow on the national “traffic light” COVID-19 risk map. The other districts are either green (low risk) or white (no risk or negligible risk). In addition, the Pelhřimov region has recorded a high number of new cases in the past week. 

Starting today, face masks will become mandatory at additional locations in Prague, including all shops and shopping centers and in the common areas of schools. Additionally, bars and clubs in the Czech capital will be required to close from midnight until 6 a.m. to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš plans to discuss the COVID-19 situation on Wednesday with his counterparts in Slovakia and Austria. The meeting is another meeting of the so-called Austerlitz Format, a cooperation between the three prime ministers in place since 2015.


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Czech residents can travel to nearly every country in the EU without providing a negative COVID-19 test coming home. Only Spain and Romania are marked as red on the EU-wide travel map.