Community transmission of COVID-19 in five regions

Following the latest evaluation of the current epidemiological situation in connection to COVID-19, the Czech Ministry of Health has updated the alert levels. At present, the Central Bohemian, South Moravian, Zlín and Hradec Králové regions are on the third alert level, indicating community transmission. The city of Prague also remains on this alert level.

There are now 9 regions included in the second, orange alert level, which indicates incipient community transmission. Specifically these are the Vysočina and Karlovy Vary, Ústí, Pardubice, Plzeň, Moravian-Silesian, Liberec, Olomouc and South Bohemian regions.

“The epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic is not good. We are still facing very high increment figures, which are even exponential in nature. We ask all citizens to respect the measures that we have implemented or will be implementing. Compared to last week, the number of regions newly included in the red alert level has increased. Furthermore, we ask all those in the state and private sector to make maximum use of home office,” said Minister for Health Roman Prymula with respect to the current situation.

The incidence of the disease without community transmission, which is indicative of the first green alert level, is not currently effective in any region.

“The spread of the COVID-19 disease occurring within the population is of a community character in five regions. The rise in positively diagnosed persons is closely related to the value of the reproduction number, which is greater than 1. However, the share of vulnerable groups among patients remains low,” says Chief Hygienist of the Czech Republic Jarmila Rážová.

“The increase bears the risk of pressure on the healthcare system. This means the occupancy of available bed care capacity and the related restriction of so-called “non-COVID” planned care, which is already taking place to a certain degree at some hospitals, and which could continue to increase in the course of October. Therefore, it is essential for the progress of the disease in the population to slow down,” said Vladimír Černý, Chairman of the Czech Society for Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Medicine and head of the Clinical Group for COVID, regarding intensive and bed care capacities.

Due to the current epidemiological situation, certain nationwide measures will come into effect today and on Monday, 12 October. These primarily concerns mass events and school attendance.

Alert levels and measures arising from the current epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic are available on this interactive map, extraordinary and protective measures and the local measures of regional health authorities are available on the coronavirus website.