The daily number of newly confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the Czech Republic on Wednesday exceeded 50,000 for the first time during the epidemic.
Compared to the previous Wednesday, it roughly doubled to 54,685. This follows from data on the website of the Ministry of Health. The record of the number of newly infected per day was broken for the third time in a row. Since the beginning of this week alone, the daily increase in the number of newly confirmed cases of the disease has increased by 80 percent.
The record for the increase in the number of new infections fell on Monday, when 30,380 cases were confirmed, and again on Tuesday with an increase of 39,634 cases. The Minister of Health Vlastimil Válek (TOP 09) told Czech Television on Sunday that the coidemic epidemic will culminate this week. However, he expected even higher growth. “If we have about 80,000 on Wednesday, I would be very satisfied,” he said at the time.
A more contagious variant of the coronavirus omicron is currently spreading in the Czech Republic. Recently, this has also increased the number of cases of recurrent infection in people who have previously tested positive, which the ministry does not include in the daily increment of newly infected. On Wednesday, the number of recurrent infections was 4945 cases, about seven percent more than a week ago. In total, over 71,000 recurrent infections have been recorded so far.
The so-called incidence number, ie the number of new cases of covid-19 in the last seven days for every 100,000 inhabitants. To date, it has risen from Wednesday’s 1689 to a record 1957 cases.
The number of people who ended up in hospitals with covid-19 also began to rise again. So far, the number of hospitalizations has been declining, since the beginning of last December, when there were about 7,000 of them, of which more than 1,000 were in serious condition. From Monday, however, according to updated data from the Ministry, hospitalized is increasing compared to the previous week. However, despite the increase in the total number of hospitalized, the number of people in serious condition continues to decline. At the beginning of the previous week, there were almost 300 of them, while now there are about 200.
On Wednesday, the number of those tested increased by about a quarter compared to the previous week. Nearly 135,000 PCR assays and 18,000 antigenic assays were performed. However, despite the increase in the number of tests, the proportions of confirmed cases in the number tested tested to a record.