ONLINE: Omicron is getting stronger in the Czech Republic. The disease is spreading the fastest in Prague, the number of recurrent infections is increasing iROZHLAS
According to current data, the numbers hospitalized with covid-19 continue to decline. On Wednesday, 1,615 patients with covid required hospital care, 245 of whom were in severe condition. However, the number of hospitalized usually increases with updates in the following days.
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However, according to experts, higher seizures may also occur in hospitals approximately two weeks apart. According to Ladislav Dušek, director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics, the models predict around 6,000 hospitalized in one day, of which about 500 to 700 will need intensive care.
“The number of hospitalized is now stagnating in some regions, still declining in others. Overall, this looks like a decline, “Dušek specified for the iROZHLAS.cz server on Thursday. According to him, when the number of hospitalized starts to increase, it cannot be estimated. “We will see in ten days what we do in terms of health impact,” he added.
The omicron variant is now spreading in the country, which according to experts is more contagious than the previous delta variant, but the course of the disease is easier.
With the spread of omicron variants, there is also an increase in recurrent infections, which are not included in the daily increase of those infected on the ministry’s website. The suspicion of reinfection is about 4,700 on Wednesday. Since the beginning of the epidemic, there have been almost 50,000 such cases, of which about 23,000 fall this year.
Experts point out that the number of recurrent infections will continue to grow with the further spread of the omicron variant in the Czech Republic. Indeed, disease in this variant protects against infection less than in delta and previous coronavirus variants.
Epidemics in the Czech Republic have been gradually intensifying since the beginning of the year, and have been more pronounced in recent days. In the first week of January, the daily average of newly positive people was about 6700, last week over 10 thousand this week the average for three days is almost 25 thousand. According to statistics on the website of the Ministry of Health, 20,291 newly infected came on Monday, 28,490 on Tuesday and 25,989 on Wednesday.
The incidence number, ie the number of new cases of covid-19 in the last seven days per 100 thousand inhabitants, is also growing in the third week. By Thursday, it rose to 1,086, which is more than double the week ago, a day earlier it was 136 lower.
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The highest seven-day incidence is in Prague, where it reached 2,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which is the highest number in any region in the entire pandemic. The least confirmed new infections in seven days per 100,000 inhabitants remain in the Vysočina region – 599, but even there it is twice as much a week ago.
The ministry’s statistics recorded almost 93,000 PCR tests on Wednesday and over 17,000 antigenic tests taken by healthcare professionals. Compared to Tuesday, the number of PCR tests decreased by 17,000, antigenic tests were about 12,000 less. In a week-on-week comparison, the number of PCR tests increased by 27,000, and there were about 2,000 fewer antigenic tests this Wednesday.
Doctors on Tuesday due to a failure of the systems of the State Institute for Drug Control addressed problems in entering the results of testing or vaccination against covid-19.
The daily sampling capacity for PCR tests for covid-19 is currently 160,000 per day in the country and may increase further. Experts believe that the current test capacity will not allow to capture more than 50 thousand infected in one day. According to various models, there may be as many as 200,000 at the peak of the omicron epidemic.
The proportions of confirmed cases in the number of tests performed remain high. The so-called diagnostic indication, when people with symptoms are already being tested, is about 37 percent. The epidemiological indication, in which people are tested for contact with the infected person, for example, has risen to about 26 percent, and in the most preventive and comprehensive tests, almost 16 percent.
Healthcare professionals gave over 16.65 million doses of the vaccine during the entire vaccination period. Almost 6.75 million people were fully vaccinated. About 48 people came on Wednesday for the millennium, which is about 39 thousand less than a week ago. Most vaccinees have recently been fully vaccinated people who receive a booster dose of the vaccine. Altogether, over 3.4 million people have already received a booster dose.
During the entire epidemic in the Czech Republic since the beginning of March 2020, almost 2.68 cases of the disease were recorded, the number of deaths with confirmed disease is approaching 37,000, and the ministry registers 36,972 by Wednesday.
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