Updates: 31.12.2021 14:54
Prague – Today marks the end of the second year, which was marked by the covid-19 epidemic in the Czech Republic and the rest of the world. Country trials have confirmed more than 1.74 million cases of coronavirus in the past 12 months. About 111,000 people were infected by the hospital, and more than 24,000 died. Although the spread of the disease in the country has slowed down over the past month, a more contagious variant of the coronavirus omicron is a cause for concern. Probably in the second half of January, according to the predictions of health statistics, omicron predominates among the detected cases of covid. At that time, there may be up to 7,000 more people being infected in one day, while less than half have been infected today.
The most common cases of covid in November were hospitalized and deaths in March. The disease spread least in the summer months. About eight out of ten infected people were non-covid-19 vaccinated, with similar statistics for hospitalized and deceased people. About 87 percent of covid patients who ended up in the intensive care unit did not have the vaccine, according to information at web Ministry of Health.
More than 80 percent of the people who had to go to the hospital did not have vaccinations. Even higher is the proportion of unvaccinated patients who ended up in intensive care units; about 87 percent of them did not have the vaccine. More than 22,300 hospitalized persons required intensive care throughout the year, almost two-thirds of whom were aged 65 and over. Coronavirus deaths in the Czech Republic increased the fastest in March, when their number exceeded 6,000. Approximately 84 percent of coronavirus deaths did not have the vaccine in the whole year.
Ladislav Dušek, Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (ÚZIS), predicts that due to the spread of the coronavirus variant omicron, up to 7,000 can be infected in hospitals in one day, of which about a thousand in intensive care units. Hospitals will accept up to 900 patients a day, although the risk of hospitalization is half to one-third that of the omicron delta. Currently, the omicron variant makes up ten to 15 percent of cases, probably in the first ten days of the new year it will be 50 percent and completely prevails in the second half of January.
During this year’s spring wave of the epidemic, there were over 9,000 patients with covid in hospitals, and more than 7,000 in the autumn. There are currently about 3,100 patients with the disease in the hospitals, and about 600 of them need intensive care.
According to Dušek, the daily numbers of new cases will grow very sharply and may even exceed the current highs from this autumn. “In addition to high infectivity, the omicron variant has an increased ability to escape vaccination and break immunity after the disease,” he said.
The protective effect of booster vaccination is mainly against the severe course of the disease, against infection about 70 percent. 62 percent of the population in the Czech Republic has completed vaccination one year after the start of vaccination. About 2.4 million people have already come for the booster dose. Applicants from the age of five can be vaccinated.
From the beginning of January, pupils in schools will be tested twice a week, and employees will be tested twice a month, including those who have been vaccinated or have survived in the last six months. This will probably reveal a higher number of asymptomatic cases in people who would not otherwise take the test. Due to the possible high number of people in isolation and their quarantined contacts, which could also have implications for the functioning of the economy, the government is considering shortening them.
The epidemic in the Czech Republic has been slowing down for the last month, with the penultimate day of this year not being an exception. There were 5,749 confirmed cases of covid in the Czech Republic on Thursday, which is 22 percent less than a week ago. However, the number of tests performed was also significantly lower, falling by about half in the week-on-week comparison.
Per 100,000 inhabitants in the Czech Republic, there are now 308 new cases in the last week. This is the lowest value of a seven-day incidence since the end of October. The reproduction number, which indicates how many other people on average one positive test will be infected, has remained below one since the beginning of December. It was 0.78 at the end of the year. Other key indicators remain high risk, such as test positivity.
During the entire epidemic in the Czech Republic since the beginning of last March, about 2.47 million cases of the disease were recorded and 36,129 people with covid-19 died. To date, healthcare professionals have administered 15.4 million doses of covid vaccination. More than 6.6 million people have completed vaccinations.
The October meeting between President Miloš Zeman and the then Speaker of the Chamber Radek Vondráček (for YES) at the Central Military Hospital (ÚVN) had an end today. Neither Vondráček nor some of Zeman’s co-workers wore respirators, for which they were fined 10,000 crowns. The Ministry of Defense decided to impose it today. Jana Fajfrová, the main hygienist of the ministry, dealt with the case as a misdemeanor, because ÚVN falls under the Ministry of Defense. In addition to Vondráček, Chancellor Vratislav Mynář and other Zeman collaborators were among the participants in the meeting at which Zeman signed the convening of the inaugural meeting of the Chamber of Deputies. Zeman, who was in an intensive care unit at the time, is not fined as a patient.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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