The Czech Republic’s new COVID-19 infections accelerated as it reported more than 3,000 cases in a single day for the first time on Friday, a day after the daily tally first exceeded 2,000.
The country has seen one of the biggest spikes in new coronavirus infections in Europe, with daily case numbers topping 1,000 for the first time in September.
According to Health Ministry data released on Friday, the country detected 3,130 new cases on Thursday, up from 2,137 the day before. In total, the country has recorded 44,155 cases.
There are now 20,289 active cases of coronavirus in the country, with 413 people in hospital.
“We have calculated the following developments from several weeks. Certainly, the situation is not good from an epidemiological point of view, on the other hand, we do not see that the mortality rate is increasing. This is good news. Risk groups do not seem to be fundamentally affected in any way,” he added.
“We currently have a test capacity of 22,000 a day. In spring we didn’t get over ten thousand tests a day,” Vojtěch said.
He promised that the ministry still wants to reach the mentioned capacity of 25,000 tests per day.
From midnight today (Friday, September 18), new restrictions will apply to clubs, discos, and bars across the whole country, which will now not be permitted to open between midnight and 6 am.
Indoor events where more than ten people have to stand will be banned. It will not be possible to sell tickets other than for a specific seat. Exceptions have been made for exhibitions, markets, fairs, and similar events.
The maximum allowed capacity of indoor events remains at 500 people.