The Czech Republic, which has a population of 10.7 million, has so far recorded 129,747 cases of COVID-19, of which 59,901 patients have recovered. Compared to the beginning of September, the total number of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 increased fivefold.
The number of deaths caused by the new coronavirus in this country has now risen to 1,106, from 696 on October 1.
The Czech Republic has the strongest increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe in terms of population.
The Czech government has announced the closure of bars, restaurants and clubs from Wednesday to November 3, and most schools will operate remotely to reduce the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases.
Czech Health Minister Roman Prymula announced on Twitter on Monday that public gatherings will also be limited to six people, alcohol consumption in public spaces will be banned, and wearing a mask becomes mandatory in public transport stations.
Germany has registered more than 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, for the first time since April, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control announced on Wednesday, reports dpa.
Figures released by the German agency on Wednesday show that 5,132 new COVID-19 infections were reported, an increase of more than 1,000 cases from Tuesday, when 4,122 infections were reported.
A total of 334,585 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic and 9,677 people have died in Germany after contracting the new coronavirus.
One week ago, German health authorities reported 2,828 new infections.
Currently, the figures have returned to the same level as in mid-April, but below those reached at the peak of the pandemic in late March and early April, when Germany reported more than 6,000 new cases daily.
However, a much larger number of tests are currently being performed than at the beginning of the year – and thus more cases of COVID-19 are detected.
Although the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units has increased considerably in recent days, it remains low overall. According to official data released on Tuesday, about 620 patients with COVID-19 received intensive care, compared to about 450 a week earlier.