The Czech authorities reported 1,164 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours, an unprecedented number since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which the World Health Organization (WHO) described as “alarming” for “the country’s situation.
The Ministry of Health estimates that there are around 9,300 active cases in the Czech Republic in which 441 people have already lost their lives due to causes related to COVID-19.
The highest daily number of infections registered as of Wednesday was below 800, but the situation has worsened amid the debate over contact surveillance. The Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis even suggested that screening only be carried out on seriously ill patients.
The use of a mask is mandatory in public transport and, in the capital city of Prague, also required in shops and malls. However, the epidemiologist Roman Prymula, a government adviser, has assured the Pravo newspaper that the results of these measures will only be visible in a few weeks.