Community Transmission of COVID-19 in All Regions

Following the latest evaluation of the current epidemiological situation, the Czech Ministry of Health has placed all regions at the third alert level. The community transmission of COVID-19 is associated with this level, as is an increase in the number of sick people that need hospital care.

The classification of individual regions at the red alert level was performed 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.

“It is absolutely clear that the epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic continues to be critical.We have a high number of patients diagnosed as positive, growing numbers of hospitalizations and a certain reach into at-risk groups of the population.The situation did not markedly improve after we introduced some across-the-board measures in recent weeks.It was therefore necessary to further tighten the introduced measures.It is necessary to first slow down the spread of the epidemic and prevent the collapse of hospital capacities,” said Minister of Health Roman Prymula of the situation.

“Based on a comprehensive assessment of all key parameters that could have an impact on the system and the population, we placed all regions at the red alert level.The primary reason is that we are not managing to precisely localize the sources of infection with COVID-19 and the virus is in community transmission across the republic,” clarified Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic Jarmila Rážová.

Numbers of daily increases in positive COVID-19 cases still correlate to the number of tests that sampling centres perform. In some cases their number exceeds 40,000.

 “In order to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, it is very important to reduce the reproduction number R to under 1.The current R value of 1.36 cannot be regarded as favourable given the large quantity of infected persons in the population.The introduction of new measures should also cause a fall in the percentage of positive tests, even though the number of tests should ideally rise,” explained Ladislav Dušek, Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics.

“Inpatient and machine capacities are sufficient at the moment, the burden on healthcare personnel is extreme.In some regions staffing is at the edge of what is sufficient and it is necessary to make fundamental changes to the organisation of work when providing healthcare.No region has yet sent in official information saying that there are situations where care for the sick was not provided in accordance with valid statutory provisions, professional recommendations and the state of expert knowledge.The rising number of infected healthcare workers is significantly influencing the system’s capacity, and therefore all options are being used to strengthen the number of necessary medical staff and get over the period when there are not enough of them, which is currently occurring in connection, in particular, with the COVID-19 infection,” said the chairman of the Czech Society of Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Medicine and Head of the COVID Clinical Group Vladimír Černý with regard to intensive and inpatient care capacities.

With regard to the unfavourable epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic, the Government of the Czech Republic has taken additional across-the-board measures. They cover, for example, restrictions on retail sales, across-the-board wearing of masks in outdoor spaces and restrictions on people’s movement.

You can find alert levels and measures resulting from the current epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic on this interactive map. Extraordinary and protective measures and local orders by public health protection bodies or regional public health stations are available at the coronavirus website.