Community transmission of COVID-19 continues in all the regions

Based on an evaluation of the current epidemiological situation, the Czech Ministry of Health has updated the alert levels. All the regions are still classified in the third alert level indicating community transmission of COVID-19 and there is also a rising number of patients who require hospital care.

The Ministry of Health has classified all the regions in the red alert level based on an analysis of the relevant parameters. This concerns, for example, epidemiological criteria, daily increases in patients diagnosed as positive, weekly and fortnightly trends, numbers of hospitalizations and the presence of community transmission in accordance with regional public health station reports.

“In recent days, we have seen the epidemiological situation stabilize. The daily increments in positively diagnosed patients are not rising rapidly, which gives some hope for successfully coping with the epidemic. It is obvious that the implemented measures are having an effect. However, we certainly have not won yet and based on our predictions the number of positively diagnosed patients will remain between 12 to 15 thousand per day. Therefore, we must remain vigilant and thoroughly observe the implemented measures,” Jan Blatný, Minister for Health, described the current situation.

“Based on the available data, it is evident that the epidemiological situation in Prague is improving. Both in terms of detections and in terms of the relative percentage of positive persons. On the contrary, the situation in the South Bohemian region is very high risk,” remarked Jarmila Rážová, Chief Hygienist of the Czech Republic with respect to the situation in the regions.

“The main sources of contagion are still cases where people become infected in the family or at the workplace. Therefore, we appeal to employers to allow their employees to work from home, if permitted by the nature of their work. It must be noted that we are still registering high numbers of patients in the high-risk groups. For this reason, the testing of employees and patients at inpatient social services facilities and weekly care centers has been imposed under an extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health,” added Chief Hygienist of the Czech Republic Ms Rážová.

The numbers of daily increases in persons positively diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease still correlate to the number of tests that sampling centres perform. In some cases their number exceeds 45,000.

“The ratio of the detection rate of the disease to the volume of tests is still high in the Czech Republic. The positive news is that this indicator is stagnating and showing a slight tendency to decline, but current data still suggest a slower deceleration of the epidemic. The situation differs in various regions, with the greatest improvement currently observed in Prague. The reproduction number is also declining, and is currently estimated at 1. However, in order to effectively reduce the burden on the population and especially hospitals, we need to reduce the value to below 1. The risk factor remains the high number of infected seniors and vulnerable population groups,” stated Ladislav Dušek, Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics.

“It still applies that the capacity of intensive care beds and instrument capacity is sufficient to provide care for all those who are admitted to hospital. Beds are continuously being reprofiled, with the aim of increasing the numbers if the number of patients increases. The limiting factor is staff numbers,” said Vladimír Černý, Chairman of the Czech Society for Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Medicine and Head of the COVID Clinical Group, regarding intensive and inpatient care.

With regard to the unfavourable epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic, the Government of the Czech Republic has taken additional across-the-board measures. These include e.g. a night-time curfew or mandatory imposition of home office, if permitted by the nature of the job.

You can find the alert levels and measures resulting from the current epidemiological situation on this interactive map (only in the Czech language).