Czech COVID-19 cases rapidly rising, Germany likely to label country as ‘high-risk’ next week

The number of Covid-19 cases in the Czechia is growing rapidly

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Czech News Ageny, Seznam Zprávy
People wait in line to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. The Czech Republic has been hit by a steep rise in coronavirus infections that have reached levels unseen since late April. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The Czech Republic will probably get on the German list of epidemically risky countries next week, according to Minister of the Interior Jan Hamáček in comments he made after the meeting of the Central Crisis Staff.

The Czech Republic was on the list of epidemiologically risky countries in Germany from last September to June this year.

“The Czech Republic is likely to be on the German list of high-risk countries from next week, which will mean changes for our citizens traveling to Germany. There will be new responsibilities,” said Hamáček.

Being placed on the list is decided jointly by the German Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, and Health and administered by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s main public health office. RKI announces the updated lists regularly every Friday.

The new epidemic assessment of the Czech Republic will lead to complications, especially for the unvaccinated. However, travel will be also more complicated for the vaccinated if they come to Germany with children under 12 years of age, for whom the vaccine is not yet available.

In the Czech Republic, the number of Covid-19 cases is growing rapidly. There were 321 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. One of the conditions for being included in the German list of high-risk countries is a seven-day incidence of over one hundred cases per 100,000 inhabitants. However, Germany also evaluates the rate of spread of the infection, the extent of testing, the rate of positive tests, and the number of people with Covid-19 in hospitals.

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