In the first six months of 2020, 27% of patients who were included in Covid death statistics died exclusively from the virus.
The Czech Ministry of Health added that based on current evidence, statisticians assume this figure will have grown to 40 percent in the second half of the year.
In many countries around the world – including the Czech Republic, the published statistics of COVID-19-related deaths include people whose deaths had other causes, such as cancer. This happens because, at the time of death, they were also infected with coronavirus.
According to the Health Ministry, the total number of patients who have been killed by coronavirus may reach 9 to 10 thousand by the end of the year.
On average, patients who died with coronavirus on their certificate in the first half of the year were aged between 79 and 80 years old. Most of them (64%) suffered from serious chronic disease.
Following this, the patients suffered from coronary heart disease (39%), diabetes (26%), cardiovascular disease (20%), and cancer (18%).
In all of these cases, it is extremely difficult to determine the exact cause of death. About 10% of patients who were included in the statistics of coronavirus deaths ended up in the hospital for a completely different reason – they arrived for a planned operation or as a result of a serious injury, but in death, they were found to be infected.
The Czech Republic reported 1,074 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. In total, 519,723 cases have been detected since the pandemic started.
There are 67,17 active cases currently. The number of hospitalized patients has dropped to 4,565, well below the peak of more than 8,000 in early November. Deaths have climbed to 8,138.