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03 Sep 2020 | 10:16 AM UTC

Czech Republic: Over 25,000 COVID-19 cases reported as of September 3 /update 18

Czech Republic News Alert

Authorities confirm over 25,000 COVID-19 cases as of September 3; further spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/10/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Prague). COUNTRY/REGION Czech Republic

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Event

Czech Republic health authorities confirm over 25,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases as of Thursday, September 3. In the last 24 hours, the country has seen its highest number of daily cases since the pandemic started in March of 650. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country stands at 25,773, with 425 associated deaths.

Face masks remain mandatory on public transportation and indoor public spaces. Additional social distancing measures remain in effect. Schools and educational facilities have reopened. 

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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