The Czech Republic reported a record high 16,329 daily cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
The percentage of positive cases compared to the number of tests is also a new record: 48.5 percent. On Tuesday, the laboratories performed 33,642 tests, about 5,000 more than on Monday.
There are 105,710 active cases currently, the highest since early November. The number of hospitalized patients is at 5,712, the highest since November 20. 826 are in critical condition.
In recent days, the virus has spread the most in the Rychnov region, with 683 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Hradec Králové and Opava also have over 600 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while Karlovy Vary, Pilsen and Vysočina have the lowest PES score.
Nearly a fifth of police officers are in quarantine or infected with COVID-19 but patrolling to enforce a curfew on New Year’s Eve will not be affected.
The index is now nine points higher than on Tuesday, at 80 points out of 100.
The Czech Republic shifted to the highest level of its risk index on Sunday, triggering tighter restrictions that include closing non-essential shops, ski lifts and imposing stricter curfew and gathering rules.