LIVE: There is still a community spread of covid, Minister Blatný admitted

The average daily increase for the last week is around five thousand, said the chief hygienist Jarmila Rážová. “We continue to face the fact that a total of about 1134 events are taking place, which are being addressed in social facilities. The risk group is still affected,” she added.

According to her, tracing has very good results. “A lot depends on how people pick up the phones,” says Rážová. However, hygienists call only in 70% of cases.

Minister of Health Jan Blatný (for YES) stated that the percentage of positive tests is declining, but slowly. We are still at about 25 percent. “There is still a community spread of the disease,” he revealed. The reproduction number is currently 0.7.

According to Ladislav Dušek, the director of IHIS Ladislav Dušek, the safe share of positive tests is five percent. The situation is still serious. “There are more than 1,000 more people infected in the age category of 65 and over every day,” Dušek points out. Hundreds of people are hospitalized in hospitals every day for covid. However, their number is declining, which is a more favorable scenario.

Prague is declining the most in the epidemiological burden. If the reproduction number of 0.7 is maintained, it means that the most favorable of all possible scenarios will be fulfilled, says Dušek.

Since last Monday, the value of the index in the PES system has been in the fourth degree. Until now, however, the measures corresponding to the fifth, ie the highest level, still apply. The government will decide on the transfer of the Czech Republic to the fourth degree and the subsequent dismantling at an afternoon meeting.

However, the first disintegration has already begun. Dog salons opened this week, and on Wednesday, Education Minister Robert Plaga (for YES) announced that more pupils would return to school from next week.

The Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (for YES) even calls for the relaxation of measures concerning trade, even though the fourth stage of the PES system does not allow it. However, Blatný refused to support his proposal. “We promised that we would strictly follow the PES system, so let’s follow it. The system is set up adequately to the situation,” he said.

“If everything goes well, the new, third, degree can occur in a week at the earliest,” said Blatný.


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