The Czech Republic reported 6,274 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, almost doubling in a week as the country struggles to contain a new wave of the pandemic.
Laboratories performed about 105,000 tests on Tuesday, about 34,000 more than a week ago.
The latest number is the highest since April 7 in the country of 10.7 million.
Hospitalisations have risen to 1,146 as of October 26, up from 249 at the start of the month, with 166 people in intensive care, data from the Health Ministry showed.
Despite the rapid growth, cases and hospitalisations are still well below peak levels of early 2021 and the end of last year.
Vaccination has been gathering pace after a slowdown, with 6.06 million people fully vaccinated.
“The epidemic in the Czech Republic has become the epidemic of the unvaccinated because they make up 74 percent of the positively tested and 63 percent of those hospitalised with the coronavirus infection”, Health Minister Adam Vojtech told a press conference yesterday.
“Should the share of the inoculated increase, the anti-epidemic measures may be scrapped next day,” Vojtech added.