“From our point of view, this is not the second wave,” said Minister Vojtěch, and continued: “It is not a question of widespread growth within the entire republic.” He pointed out that, for example, the number of cases in Prague is declining. According to him, almost half of Saturday’s cases are from the Karviná region, where measures will be tightened. He also reminded that he is being widely tested in the area.
The proportion of newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in the number of tests approximately tripled to 13.96 percent on Saturday compared to Friday. It is thus the highest since March 10, when the disease began to spread in the Czech Republic. The number of tests performed on Saturday fell by about half compared to Friday’s more than 4,300 tests to 1,862. In contrast, the number of new cases rose by more than half to 260, the largest daily increase since April 8.
Already Friday’s increase of 168 infections exceeded the daily increase in coronavirus cases in more than two months. On Friday, however, hygienists began comprehensive testing of OKD mining company workers at the ČSM-Sever mine in Stonava in the Karviná region, where there is another local outbreak also in the ČSM-Jih mine.
According to the Ministry, the highest share of newly confirmed cases of infection per capita is currently in the Karviná district. There are about 136 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. In the neighboring district of Frýdek-Místek, where the second highest incidence is, there are about 23 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, ie six times less than in the Karviná region.
Up to ten percent of positive tests are based on extensive coronavirus testing at OKD in the Karviná region. So far, however, only a part of the samples has been evaluated, said Petr Kopřivík from the Regional Hygiene Station in Ostrava. Comprehensive testing of mine workers and their relatives is to continue until Tuesday. In total, over 3,000 people are to be tested.
Since March, when the first cases of coronavirus infection appeared in the Czech Republic, 11,306 cases of covid-19 have been reported in the Czech Republic. Most of those infected have already recovered from the disease, there are currently 3277 patients, there are 117 people in the hospital.