Prague Remains at Red Alert, 28 Districts Now at Orange Alert
After the latest evaluation of the current epidemiological situation in relation to Covid-19, the Ministry of Health has placed a total of 28 districts on the second alert level among orange districts indicating incipient community transmission. Prague remains at the third alert level, indicating growing or persisting community transmission.
The following districts had already been previously placed at orange alert: Beroun, Kladno, Kolín, Uherské Hradiště, Prague-East, Prague-West, Mělník, Nymburk, Příbram and Cheb. The following districts were added: Plzeň-City, Ústí nad Labem, Ostrava-City, Děčín, Litoměřice, Teplice, Brno-City, Zlín, Chrudim, Pardubice, Havlíčkův Brod, Brno-Countryside, Benešov, Mladá Boleslav, Svitavy, Hodonín, Kroměříž and Plzeň-South.
The following districts are now at green alert, indicating the occurrence of infection without community transmission: Most, Ústí nad Orlicí, Klatovy, Kutná Hora, České Budějovice, Prachatice, Tábor, Domažlice, Plzeň-North, Rokycany, Karlovy Vary, Louny, Jablonec nad Nisou, Liberec, Semily, Hradec Králové, Jičín, Náchod, Jihlava, Třebíč, Žďár nad Sázavou, Blansko, Znojmo, Olomouc, Prostějov, Šumperk, Bruntál, Nový Jičín, Opava, Rakovník, Jindřichův Hradec, Písek, Chomutov, Česká Lípa, Rychnov nad Kněžnou, Trutnov, Pelhřimov, Břeclav, Vyškov, Jeseník, Přerov, Vsetín, Frýdek-Místek, Karviná, Český Krumlov, Strakonice, Sokolov and Tachov.
“From the point of view of the epidemiological situation, Prague remains the worst-hit region.Community transmission is still occurring in the capital.Prague is also adopting further anti-epidemic measures.From Friday there has been a ban on visits to healthcare and social facilities, from today there is an obligation to wear masks at outdoor events with over 100 people and distance learning is being introduced in universities and will last until 31 October 2020,” said Chief Public Health Officer of the Czech Republic Jarmila Rážová, adding that the number of cases in Prague affecting the younger generation is primarily linked to the start of the school year. The Prague City public health authority has dealt with more than one hundred events in educational facilities; primarily they are cases in the low single digits involving pupils/students or educators, but events with higher numbers are also appearing.
“The fact that we are constantly appealing for citizens to be responsible is quite justified.The rules regarding hand washing, compliance with distancing and wearing masks are precisely the tools that will slow down the spread of the epidemic in the population.The eRouška 2.0 application is also an effective tool.The new version has already been downloaded by 375,000 people.I really recommend it,” added Rážová.
The relevant regional public health authorities can, for their administrative district, introduce extraordinary measures as required by the local epidemiological situation.
The daily detection of positively diagnosed patients with Covid-19 is high across the country and is increasing over time, in particular in the worst-hit regions, such as Prague and the Central Bohemian Region. Average daily detections in the Czech Republic have exceeded 1,700 and the national cumulative increase assessed in the last seven days is 12,412 new cases. Converted to numbers per 100,000 of population, the weekly cumulative increment is higher than 110, and therefore greatly exceeds the medium-risk limit in accordance with the ECDC scale and other international recommendations (25–30/100,000 a week).
The high number of diagnoses corresponds to the large numbers of tests performed and naturally reflects the spread of the disease in the population. The increase in the number of people testing positive relates to the majority of districts in the Czech Republic. This is no longer a limited number of clearly defined clusters or outbreaks of infection. The overall reproduction number calculated for the whole of the Czech population is equal to 1.62.
The generally good news is that vulnerable population groups have not been affected more, e.g. the share of newly diagnosed persons over the age of 65 is less than 10% of the total increment, and less than 5% in the over-75 category. Nevertheless, as a consequence of the rising overall number of positively diagnosed patients, the absolute numbers of positives are rising in this category.
The obligatory wearing of face masks in all indoor premises and on public transport was already introduced throughout the whole of the Czech Republic 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.