Czech Republic sees huge spike in Covid cases

The daily new COVID-19 cases exceeded 10,000 for the first time in the Czech Republic on Friday when 11,105 infections were confirmed, according to latest Health Ministry data on Saturday.

Since the pandemic outbreak in the Czech Republic in March, 160,112 people have got infected, including 92,736 current active cases.

Most of the infected have mild or no symptoms at all. However, the number of the hospitalized has been rising in the past weeks. According to the ministry’s latest data, 3,120 patients are now hospitalized.

Health Minister Roman Prymula said earlier that he expected the number of the infected to keep rising for ten days up to two weeks. To deal with possible shortage of hospital beds in the near future, the government has decided to build temporary or field hospitals like what China had done during the spring outbreak in Wuhan.

Tightened anti-pandemic measures have been adopted in the country this week to curb the rapid spread of the infection.

Public gatherings are limited to six people, all schools except for kindergartens must apply distance learning only. Restaurants, bars and clubs are closed and can only provide take-away sales. Cultural and sports events are suspended and alcohol drinking prohibited in public places.

Prymula said on Friday that no further restrictive measures would be taken in the following few days.