Community Transmission Persists in Prague – City Now on Red Alert
After the latest evaluation of the current epidemiological situation in relation to Covid-19, the Ministry of Health has placed Prague on the third alert level, indicating growing or persisting community transmission. Orange districts, indicating incipient community transmission, now include Mělník, Nymburk, Prague-West, Příbram and Cheb.
The Beroun, Kladno, Kolín, Prague-East and Uherské Hradiště regions have already been put on orange alert in the past.
The following districts are on green alert, indicating the occurrence of infection without community transmission: Benešov, Kutná Hora, Mladá Boleslav, Rakovník, České Budějovice, Písek, Strakonice, Tábor, Klatovy, Plzeň-City, Plzeň-South, Plzeň-North, Rokycany, Tachov, Karlovy Vary, Sokolov, Děčín, Litoměřice, Louny, Most, Teplice, Ústí nad Labem, Česká Lípa, Jablonec nad Nisou, Liberec, Semily, Hradec Králové, Jičín, Náchod, Trutnov, Chrudim, Pardubice, Svitavy, Ústí nad Orlicí, Havlíčkův Brod, Jihlava, Pelhřimov, Třebíč, Žďár nad Sázavou, Blansko, Brno-City, Brno-County, Břeclav, Hodonín, Vyškov, Znojmo, Olomouc, Prostějov, Přerov, Šumperk, Kroměříž, Zlín, Ostrava-City.
“From the point of view of the epidemiological situation, Prague is still the worst-hit region. After having evaluated the data, the city is being moved to red alert, this being characterised by growing or persisting community transmission. Prague will be adopting further anti-epidemic measures due to this. Starting from today, visits to healthcare and social service facilities are prohibited. Starting from Monday, the public health officers in Prague will be introducing the obligation to wear face masks at outdoor events with more than 100 people and distance learning at universities,” said Jarmila Rážová, Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic, indicating that the Public Health Authority for Prague will be issuing an extraordinary measure (czech only) today.
“It is now absolutely crucial that everyone behaves in a responsible manner. Observing the three basic rules is absolutely essential – wash your hands, observe social distancing and wear face masks. I also recommend that everyone downloads the new version of the eRouška 2.0 app”, added Rážová.
“The total reproduction number calculated for the whole of the Czech population is 1.59 and it looks like it will increase over time. The worst situation is in Prague, which has experienced an average of 410 new patients diagnosed positive over the last week. Around 167 people per 100,000 have tested positive. In relation to Prague, infection is also spreading very quickly in the Central Bohemian Region,” says Ladislav Dušek, Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic, describing the situation.
On a positive note, we can still say that there is no nationwide increase in the number of positive patients in vulnerable population groups: “The share of newly-diagnosed people aged over 65 constitutes approximately 10% of the cases. In the category of people over 75, the figure is in fact even less than 5%, although in absolute numbers, this does concern significant growth even in these age groups,” says Jarmila Rážová, Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic, drawing attention to the figures.
“We are still constantly monitoring and evaluating bed occupancy in hospitals, in particular beds in intensive care where the provision of oxygen is available. If necessary, we are able to flexibly increase the capacity needed for patients with Covid-19, in particular through the transformation of standard beds. The total existing capacity in the Czech Republic is sufficient for the current number of hospitalised people, although the need for close cooperation between hospitals in the given region is a fundamental condition for this,” said Vladimír Černý, Chairman of the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Head of the COVID Clinical Group attached to the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
In regions which are classified as being on orange alert, face masks will also be obligatory at mass indoor events with more than 100 people. The same measure also applies in Prague, which is on red alert. This is also within the power of the respective regional public health authorities, which can introduce extraordinary measures which the epidemiological situation there requires for their region.
The obligatory wearing of face masks in all indoor premises and on public transport was already introduced throughout the whole of the Czech Republic in the past due to the epidemiological situation. The sale of tickets to events with standing room only is also prohibited and catering establishments must remain closed between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. More details here.