The Czech Ministry of Health presented the first COVID-19 “traffic light” system, which uses different colors to indicate the epidemiological situation in individual Czech regions depending on the risk of coronavirus infection.
According to data presented last week, most regions would be white, as the risk of infection in them is quite low. The highest risk level, marked as red, would not apply any part of the country, while the second-highest degree, which is yellow, would apply only to Prague.
The system, based on data from the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (IHIS), will be updated every week.
The green color, which indicates a slightly higher risk of infection, covers nine districts, usually those around Prague and Karviná, where the coronavirus spread among miners.
According to Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib, the rule of mandatory face masks in public spaces could be soon reintroduced in the Czech capital as the epidemiological situation is still unfavorable. Currently, Prague residents have to wear face masks only in the metro.
As of Tuesday morning, Czechia has registered 17,008 coronavirus cases, with 4,914 people currently suffering from COVID-19. From the beginning of July, daily increases in the number of cases have been on the rise after a short period, in which the epidemic seemed to be in retreat. There are currently about 200 new cases every day.
Title image: People gather for a demonstration in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, July 27, 2020. Hundreds of musicians, concert promoters, club owners and other involved in the music industry rallied in Prague’s Old Town Square to protest against government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic that they say ruin their business. ( (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)