Coronavirus ‘R’ number exceeds 1 in Czech Republic

The Czech Republic reported its second consecutive week-over-week increase in daily new coronavirus cases and the “R” reproduction number rose above 1 for the first time since mid-April, showed Wednesday data from the Ministry of Health.

The ministry said daily cases rose to 160 on Tuesday, from 112 on the same day a week ago.

The numbers are far lower than the roughly 17,000 daily cases reported in January and March, but the “R” number indicating whether the outbreak is rising or falling is now 1.1.

The number of infections over the past week per 100,000 people rose to 7.2 from a low of 6.4 last Friday.

This increase is due to an increase in infections in the capital Prague and in the center of the country.

The government is due to discuss increased testing requirements after health authorities identified 120 cases of the more transmissible variant of the Delta coronavirus, first identified in India.

On Tuesday, the government added Tunisia, a popular tourist destination, and Russia to the list of countries where all non-essential travel is banned.

The Czech Republic has been one of the worst affected in Europe, with four waves of infections and 30,303 deaths.

The country fully immunized 3.19 million people and used 8.12 million doses of the vaccine on Tuesday.

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