ONLINE: Hospitals are curbing operations and closing wards, experts will start investigating the origin of coronavirus

18:18 – Hospital capacities in the Pilsen Region are at the limit value for patients with coronavirus. The number of vacant acute and standard beds is decreasing, the occupancy of beds and staff is worse than at the peak of the autumn wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the regional inpatient care coordinator Jan Beneš told ČTK today.

17:39 – Today, the mobile vaccination team performed the first vaccination in the Dům U Agáty sanitary facility for the elderly in Prague Řeporyje. The mobile team is provided by the capital in cooperation with the Czech Red Cross and the Municipal Polyclinic in Prague. So far, six social facilities have requested the services of the medical team, said Vít Hofman, a spokesman for the Prague City Hall. 53 people underwent vaccination in the Reporyje private home for the elderly, its director Ilona Kněžínková told reporters.

16:57 – In order to protect against coronavirus infection, the vast majority of people in Germany ventilate more often than before and meet fewer relatives and friends. This follows a survey published today by the German Institute for Risk Research (BfR), according to the DPA.

16:25 – 2.4 million doses of covid-19 vaccines have already been administered in the UK. According to Sky News, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this today. He added that the British healthcare system would massively accelerate the pace of vaccination to meet the government’s goal of vaccinating at least 15 million people from the most vulnerable groups by February 15 with the first dose. The prime minister described the current epidemic situation as very serious.

16:03 – Dr. Viktorija Mahnyčová goes around patients in the Carpathians in western Ukraine in a horse-drawn carriage. The country of 42 million has so far recorded more than 1.1 million confirmed coronavirus infections and nearly 20,000 covid-19 deaths. Thirty-year-old Mahnychova now fears that the long holidays, during which Ukrainians went to restaurants and other entertainment venues, attended parties and services in crowded churches, would mean a sharp increase in new coronavirus infections. This will make her work even more difficult, the AP agency wrote.

15:21 – At a time when Sunday’s demonstration against the government’s coronavirus measures in Old Town Square in Prague was non-violent, it would be more risky to try to dissolve it than to have it completed. Interior Minister Jan Hamáček (CSSD) told reporters today. Last October, police cracked down on a similar demonstration because the action turned violent and participants attacked police, arguing a different move this weekend.

14:55 – Since mid-December, firefighters have been helping in both Brno teaching hospitals, also at sampling points. “These are both field firefighters and daily members from various departments of the regional directorate and territorial departments,” the spokesman said. There are 42 firefighters in hospitals and sampling points, but around 60 are involved in permanent activities in connection with the covid.

14:38 – In the South Moravian Region, around 60 firefighters have long been helping to manage the coronavirus pandemic, working in hospitals or collection points, for example. This was stated today by spokesman Jaroslav Mikoška on the website of South Moravian firefighters.

13:54 – The Cheb hospital, which is overloaded due to the coronavirus epidemic, had to temporarily suspend the operation of the maternity ward and the puerperium ward with immediate effect. Childbirth and acute procedures will go to the hospital in Karlovy Vary. There is also a maternity hospital in the region in the Sokolov hospital. This was stated in a press release today by the spokesman of the Karlovy Vary Regional Hospital, Vladislav Podracký.

13:37 – Due to the coronavirus epidemic, hospitals in the Pardubice Region are now focusing only on urgent procedures. They take care of patients with acute injuries and fractures, and in surgical fields also cases of sudden abdominal events that cannot be postponed, Tomáš Gottvald, CEO of the Pardubice Region Hospital, told ČTK today. According to him, in internal medicine, hospitals must immediately deal mainly with gastrointestinal bleeding, myocardial infarction and stroke.

13:25 – The Prague City Hall will reduce the amount earmarked for multi-annual grants in culture by approximately CZK 25.29 million to CZK 227.59 million. The reason is lower incomes caused by the covid-19 pandemic. This follows from a document approved today by Prague councilors. For this year, a total of 86 multi-year grants in the amount of CZK 252.9 million have been approved and contractually bound. The maximum duration of support is four years. The reduction of the amount has yet to be discussed by Prague representatives.

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13:01 – Vaccination of citizens over the age of 55 will begin in Israel on Tuesday. So far, 1.87 million people have been vaccinated against covid-19 in the 9 million country, and another shipment of Moderna vaccines is expected this week. In Israel, vaccination is currently vaccinated mainly with a product developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, and the fastest in the world. Almost 50,000 people received the dose on Sunday.

12:29 – One bottle of the covid-19 vaccine from the Moderna company, which is to arrive in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, the first delivery, contains ten doses of vaccine. It is stored in the cold from minus 15 to minus 25 degrees Celsius. Like a substance from Pfizer and BioNTech, it temporarily has an incorrect US label for the EU, but has been exempted.

11:58 – More than 80 inspectors of the State Office of Labor Inspection (SÚIP) help hygienic stations to trace people who have come into contact with infected covid-19. The number of regional hygienic stations in Ostrava (11 people) and in Prague (ten) strengthened the most. SÚIP spokesman Richard Kolibač told ČTK today.

11:04 – Britain increases the rate of vaccination against covid-19. Seven new vaccination centers have opened in England today, Reuters reported. According to Deputy Health Minister Nadhim Zahawi, the goal is to give the vaccine to 15 million people from the most vulnerable groups by mid-February.

10:38 – In the hospitals in the South Moravian Region, 28 people with covid-19 have increased in the last 24 hours. There are a total of 818 of them, said Renata Ciupek, the director of the anti-epidemic department of the South Moravian Hygiene Station, in a press release today. There were 307 more positive people in the last day, which is at least a week. However, fewer tests are performed on Sundays. There are also two new deaths. The anti-epidemic system (PES) continues to show the fifth, ie the highest degree of alertness for the Czech Republic.

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10:18 – Extraordinary coronavirus remuneration of health professionals should not be considered as extraordinary income according to the Insolvency Act and included in the repayment of debt relief. It is the conclusion of the High Court in Prague that upheld the nurse’s appeal. The Czech Justice server writes about it today. According to the court, it would be amoral to take the medics in debt relief from these extraordinary rewards.

9:52 – There were 467 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Prague on Sunday, the lowest increase since January 1. Compared to last Sunday, this is a decrease of about 380 cases. This follows from the data of the Ministry of Health. Hygienists currently register 17,539 people with the disease in the capital.

9:32 – The overloaded Cheb hospital moves 14 patients with covid-19 to hospitals in Mariánské Lázně, Rakovník or Prague. The transfer of patients, mostly with a mild course of the disease, was organized on Sunday by the regional coordinator Dagmar Uhlíková, Vladislav Podracký, a spokesman for the Karlovy Vary Regional Hospital, told ČTK today. Hospitals in the region are running out of beds for patients with covid, the reason being the lack of qualified staff and the overload of the current one.

9:15 – The increase in the number of cases of covid-19 in the Czech Republic on Sunday fell by a third compared to the previous week to 4,283 infected. The previous Sunday, there were about 6,300 cases. Compared to the previous Sunday, the share of positive cases in the number of tests performed also decreased from about 41 percent to 35.2 percent. This follows from data on the website of the Ministry of Health. On Saturday, on the other hand, the increase in the number of infected, when it reached 8,405 cases, was two thirds higher than on the same day a week ago.

8:39 – According to the government’s decision, the current anti-coronavirus measures, which correspond to the fifth degree of PES, are to apply until at least 22 January. The government is discussing an amendment to the PES measure table, whereby some cultural and sports events or, for example, accommodation would be allowed with a negative covid-19 test. Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček (for YES) said on Sunday on the Czech television program Otázky Václava Moravec that the revised table of measures could be ideally valid from 22 January.

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8:21 – The PES risk score reached the highest level of alert on 18 December 2020. The government then decided to tighten the measures from the fourth to the fifth level from 27 December. Before the end of the year, the index returned briefly to the fourth degree level – only for three days. However, since December 30, it has again been consistently above the 76-point PES level.

7:43 – The risk index of the anti-epidemic system PES, which governs measures against the spread of covid-19, today fell slightly to 84 points per hundred. The previous two days he was at 87 points. This follows from data on the website of the Ministry of Health. The reason for the decrease in the index is the decrease in the so-called reproductive number, which indicates the average number of other infected people from one positive test, from about 1.22 to 1.18. The PES remains at the highest, fifth level of alert.

7:39 – In Germany, there were 12,497 coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infections and 343 covid-19 deaths in the last day, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported today. The day before, RKI had recorded 16,946 new cases of coronavirus infection and 465 deaths. The DPA recalls that weekend data tend to be lower because it is less tested. On Friday, 24,694 infected and 1,083 dead were reported in Germany.

7:30 – Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), which wants to deal with the origin of coronavirus, will arrive in China on Thursday after delays. The Chinese Ministry of Health announced it today. In recent days, Beijing has been delaying the issuance of permits for scientists who were preparing for China in early January. These are experts from ten countries: Denmark, Britain, the Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Vietnam, Germany, the USA, Qatar and Japan.

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