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COVID-19 infections rise to record in Czech Republic | Coronavirus pandemic News

The rise comes amid a slow mass vaccination campaign and as neighboring countries are also experiencing a rise in cases.

The Czech Republic has reported a record number of new daily coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic.

Data released Wednesday from the Ministry of Health showed that there were 22,479 new infections in the past 24 hours.

The daily figure represented a 54 percent increase from a week ago, surpassing a previous record of 17,778 infections in January.

Officials tend to report the highest number of cases on Tuesdays, as more people test after the weekend.

Vaccination rates in the Czech Republic have lagged behind other countries, with 57.6 percent of the population fully vaccinated against an average of 64.9 percent in the European Union, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Hospitals reported 4,425 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, less than half of the record highs in March, and 661 patients in intensive care, health ministry data showed.

The nationwide seven-day incidence – the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days – rose to 813.

The increase is because the number of infections is also increasing in other European countries, including neighboring Austria, Germany and Slovakia.

The Czechs have seen relatively slight restrictions in the latest COVID-19 wave compared to the previous one, with the government pledging not to close school or shutdowns while promoting vaccination.

People must present negative COVID-19 test reports or vaccination certificates to enter restaurants and bars, and they must wear masks inside.

The government has resisted tightening the rules during the transition to a new government expected to take office in a few weeks, but the deteriorating situation in hospitals has led officials to consider tougher restrictions on unvaccinated people.

The cabinet of interim Prime Minister Andrej Babis was due to discuss various options on Thursday.

The country, which is home to 10.7 million people, has now recorded a total of 31,709 COVID-19 deaths, with the daily number mostly above 60 in recent days.