The Czech Republic reported 5,059 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases detected since March to 173,885, a rise of over 100,000 in October alone.
Deaths have climbed to 1,422, up from 698 on October 1. The number of hospitalizations has risen to 3,519, and those in intensive care number 587.
There were 660 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Prague on Sunday. It is a decrease compared to the previous five days, but at the same time, the highest Sunday increase since the beginning of the epidemic.
Since March, 31,028 people have been infected in Prague, 14,157 have been cured, and 255 have died. There are currently 16,616 infected in the Czech capital.
“The Czech government will wait at least two weeks before deciding whether to order a full lockdown to stem its epidemic”, Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlicek said on Sunday.
The healthcare system faces a difficult few weeks ahead but is not threatened by collapse, health officials said on Friday. Meanwhile, the Czech Fire Rescue Service said it had sent a formal request through European Union channels for ventilators.
Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally.
There were an average of around 347,000 cases each day over the past week, compared with 292,000 in the first week of October.
The United States, India, and Brazil remain the worst affected countries in the world. COVID-19 cases in North, Central, and South America represent about 47.27% or nearly half of global cases.