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COVID-19 situation in Czechia is already better than in Germany

Germany is facing a third wave of coronavirus pandemic

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Jitka Zadražilová, Novinky

Czechia remains a “high-risk” area for Germany even though the epidemiological situation has changed radically. On Tuesday, Czechia recorded the lowest increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in almost seven months. In Germany, on the other hand, the number of new patients, as well as the number of Covid-19 deaths, is on the rise.

On Tuesday, tests in the Czech Republic confirmed 3,229 new cases of coronavirus, which was 15 percent less than a week ago. Fewer new cases were added on Sept. 29.

At the same time, the number of hospitalized patients is decreasing. It is at the lowest level since mid-October, according to the Czech Ministry of Health. In the last seven days, there have been 151 newly infected per 100,000 people in the Czech Republic. Although the reproduction number has stagnated in recent days, it has remained at the level of 0.88, which signals the decline of the epidemic.

On the contrary, Germany is facing a third wave of coronavirus. Within 24 hours, there were 22,231 newly confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 and 312 new deaths. The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the seven-day monitoring period was 160.6 on Wednesday. It was 167.6 the day before and 160.1 a week ago.

Czechs can travel to Germany only with PCR test and quarantine

Due to the financial and capacity demands, Germany ended border controls on April 14, but further restrictions remain. If Czechs want to go to Germany and will not just pass through, they must have a negative PCR test with them, register and enter the 10-day quarantine, which will end with another PCR test with a negative result, no earlier than the fifth day of quarantine.

From the Czech point of view, Germany belongs to the group of countries with a high risk of infection. When returning from Germany, Czechs, as well as citizens of other EU countries, must undergo a PCR test no later than five days after arrival and remain in self-isolation until then.

Title image: A young boy undergoes rapid COVID-19 test before entering his class at a kindergarden in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, April 12, 2021. The Czech government has agreed to start easing the tight lockdown in one of the hardest-hit European countries and has given a green light for at least some children to return to schools. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)