PRAGUE — Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have been declining for more than a week after rising for over two months to record levels.
The Health Ministry says the day-to-day increase of new confirmed cases reached 7,874 on Thursday, about 5,400 less than the same day a week ago.
The new cases hit a record high of 15,727 last week and has been dropping since. Still, Health Minister Jan Blatny is expected to further extend the state of emergency that enables the government to keep in place its strict restrictive measures.
The country has also seen a decline in hospitalizations to 7,564, about 700 less than a week ago.
But COVID-19 deaths are still on the rise.
The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths has risen from 1.36 deaths per 100,000 people on Oct. 29 to 1.90 deaths per 100,000 on Thursday. Of the country’s 5,755 virus dead, 2,270 of them died in November.