Prymula: “We Will Announce Stricter Anti-Covid Measures on Friday”

According to the Minister of Health Roman Prymula (ANO), stricter measures against COVID-19 will be announced on Friday.

On Monday, the government will also discuss the possibility of calling medics to help hospitals.

The Czech Republic reported 4,457 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, its highest one-day tally since the pandemic started, Health Ministry data showed on Wednesday.

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“We are in a situation of relatively strong growth. That is why we need tighter measures against the virus. They should flatten the curve because, with such daily increases, we would jeopardize the capacity of the health system within three weeks,” he said.

There are growing concerns about how prepared the healthcare system is as the number of new COVID-19 cases rose by 50% in September, Europe’s second-largest spike in cases.

The government wants to avoid putting too much strain on its hospitals and has said enough beds are still available but further increases in infections could require the reorganization of care and the postponing of non-urgent procedures.

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Milan Kubek, president of the Czech Medical Chamber, said that as of October 5 around 1,200 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 and 280 of them are in a serious condition, which is now putting pressure on hospitals to reallocate already-sparse intensive care beds for coronavirus patients.

The number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 has climbed to 1,387, of which 326 are in intensive care – more than three times the peak seen when the outbreak first hit.

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