New community transmission of COVID-19 in the Uherské Hradiště, Prague-West and Prague-East districts

Following the latest evaluation of the current epidemiological situation in connection to COVID-19, the Czech Ministry of Health has updated the alert levels. The Uherské Hradiště, Prague-West and Prague-East districts have newly been added to the third alert level, indicating community transmission. The city of Prague remains on this alert level.

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There are now 55 districts included in the second, orange alert level, which indicates incipient community transmission. Specifically, these are: Benešov, Kolín, Plzeň-City, Cheb, Sokolov, Chomutov, Chrudim, Brno-City, Hodonín, Olomouc, Zlín, Ostrava-City, Brno-Rural, Příbram, Děčín, Teplice, Jihlava, Vsetín, Ústí nad Orlicí, Kladno, Mělník, Rakovník, Tábor, Klatovy, Plzeň-South, Plzeň-North, Rokycany, Karlovy Vary, Litoměřice, Ústí nad Labem, Hradec Králové, Pardubice, Svitavy, Třebíč, Blansko, Břeclav, Vyškov, Šumperk, Kroměříž, Frýdek-Místek, Opava, Most, Liberec, Náchod, Havlíčkův Brod, Pelhřimov, Znojmo, Prostějov, Přerov, Karviná, Nový Jičín, Mladá Boleslav, Nymburk, Beroun, Kutná Hora.

“We continue to see high numbers of positively diagnosed persons. If we fail to implement adequate measures, the epidemiological burden on the population could escalate in coming weeks. Therefore, I would like to ask every citizen to respect the implemented measures. I also strongly recommend downloading the eRouška application, which will notify you if you have been in close contact with a positively tested person,” notes Minister for Health Roman Prymula.

“The negative trend in COVID-19 contagion continues in Prague. The daily average increment in the past week is 430 cases, i.e. 32 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Nevertheless, it remains a positive factor that most of the cases are in the younger generation. Positive cases are also related primarily to schools and leisure activities related to schools,” Chief Hygienist Jarmila Rážová stated, describing the current situation in Prague.

Incidence of the disease without community transmission, which is indicative of the first green alert level, is effective in 18 districts. These are České Budějovice, Český Krumlov, Jindřichův Hradec, Písek, Prachatice, Strakonice, Domažlice, Jablonec nad Nisou, Semily, Jičín, Trutnov, Žďár nad Sázavou, Jeseník, Bruntál, Tachov, Louny, Česká Lípa and Rychnov nad Kněžnou.

“The good news is that the value of the R number has declined. It is presently at 1.24. This is a major improvement compared to the period when the reproduction number was 1.6. Nevertheless, we continue to focus on reducing the value of the R number to less than 1,” adds Minister for Health Roman Prymula.

“Hospital capacity is currently sufficient and there is no risk of neglecting other care. Furthermore, capacities are being activated that can be reprofiled into beds for patients with COVID-19, should the need arise. Additionally, healthcare facilities are receiving predictions of how many patients may need their care,” Vladimír Černý, Chairman of the Czech Society for Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care and head of the COVID Clinical Group, described the load on the hospital system.

Due to the current epidemiological situation, certain nationwide measures will come into effect on Monday, 5 October. These primarily concerns mass events and school attendance. You can fine them here.

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