Community transmission of COVID-19 in nine regions

The Ministry of Health has evaluated the current epidemiological situation in relation to the COVID-19 disease and updated the alert levels. There are nine regions on the third level, indicating community transmission.

COVID-19 is spreading through community transmission in Prague and the Karlovy Vary, South Bohemian, Central Bohemian, Hradec Králové, Pardubice, South Moravian, Zlín and Moravian-Silesian regions. These regions are classified in the third level marked as red.

The Plzeň, Ústí nad Labem, Liberec, Vysočina and Olomouc regions are included in the second, orange alert level, which indicates incipient community transmission.

“The number of positively-diagnosed patients registered in recent days is truly alarming. It is obvious that the measures we implemented were absolutely necessary. But it is essential to observe these measures in order to slow the spread of the epidemic. Each individual’s responsibility is fundamental. If possible, please stay home,” statedMinister for Health Roman Prymula, describing the current situation.

No region is currently classified on the green level without community transmission of the disease.

“The disease continues to spread via community transmission in a number of regions. This means that the sources of contagion are not being localized. Nevertheless, the number of positively-diagnosed persons correlates to the number of performed tests, which have reached record numbers in recent days,” notes Jarmila Rážová, Chief Hygienist of the Czech Republic.

“The steep rise in the number of infected persons is related to the reproduction number, which is currently 1.4.  Without implementing adequate measures, these figures would increase even more. The key task is to reduce the reproduction number to below 1. Only thus will we reduce the pressure being placed on the healthcare system,” noted the Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics, Ladislav Dušek.

“The intensive care system is under truly enormous pressure right now. However, the inpatient and intensive care capacity is capable of coping with this pressure and there is no risk of collapse. However, it is necessary to increase this capacity at the expense of temporarily suspending care which can bear delay,” said Vladimír Černý, Chairman of the Czech Society for Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Medicine and head of the Clinical Group for COVID, regarding intensive care and inpatient capacities.

In reaction to the worsened epidemiological situation, the Czech government imposed certain universal measures concerning, for example, the restricted operation of catering facilities, limited school attendance or a limit on assembly to a maximum of 6 people.

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