Daily cases in the Czech Republic reached a record 9,544 today after the country’s relative success in the spring gave way to a massive second wave in the autumn
The Czech Republic recorded 66 new deaths today, and unlike in most of Western Europe the daily death rate is higher than during the first wave of the pandemic
* Second wave has caused a record surge in cases and infected 4,000 hospital staff in the Czech Republic
* Czech hospitals are cancelling surgeries and building emergency Covid wards to deal with surging demand
* The country’s current infection rate of 586 new cases per 100,000 people in a week is Europe’s highest
The Czech Republic is facing a medical ‘collapse’ with the army rigging up field hospitals as the country suffers the worst infection rate in Europe.
After escaping the first wave relatively lightly, the Eastern European country has been battered by a resurgence in recent weeks which has infected more than 4,000 hospital workers and forced the closure of schools, bars and restaurants.
Hospitals are treating six times as many virus patients as during the first wave, with other surgeries being cancelled and plans being drawn up for patients to be exported to Germany, Hungary or Poland.