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Covid: in Czechia more than 54,000 new cases in a week

In Slovenia +150% new infections, state of epidemy

21 October, 16:11
(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, 21 OTT - The Czech Republic is currently the country in Central- and Eastern Europe with the highest number of new weekly infections (54820 vs 27769 of a week earlier) - more than Italy (53042) - and one with the most significant increase in deaths last week (357 vs 194), data as of 18 October from the latest weekly epidemiological update of the World Health Organization (WHO) show. WHO also warned about the situation in Slovenia, country that "reported a 150% increase in cases this week (4890), the highest one-week increase the country has experienced so far," forcing the authorities to declare the state of emergency and a night curfew, WHO said.

A total of 269,180 new COVID-19 cases (+53.7% compared to last week) and 2,952 new deaths (+34.1% week-on-week) were reported by the countries in the Balkans and in Central- and Eastern Europe to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the week as of October 18, bringing the cumulative total of cases to 1,750,815 and of deaths to 37,181.

According to WHO data, in the past week the countries across Central- and Eastern Europe that reported more new cases were Czechia (54820), Poland (45592), Germany (39110), Ukraine (39110) and Romania (24065).

The highest number of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the area was registered in Germany (366299), followed by Ukraine (303638), Romania (180388), Poland (175766), Czechia (173885), Belarus (87698), Moldova (67050) and Austria (65557).

Currently, Montenegro remains the country in the region with the highest rate of cumulative cases per 1 million population (25045 against 6851 in Italy), followed by Moldova (16621), Czechia (16237), North Macedonia (11341) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (10400), while the lowest rate is recorded in Latvia (1829).

The countries across the region that reported more new deaths last week were Ukraine (635), Poland (552), Romania (454), Czechia (357), Hungary (188), Germany (162) and Moldova (111).

In Central- and Eastern Europe, the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic were reported in Germany (9789), Romania (5872), Ukraine (5673), Poland (3573), Moldova (1584), Czechia (1422), Hungary (1173), Bulgaria (986) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (984).

Currently, North Macedonia has the highest rate of deaths per 1 million population in the region (400 against 604 in Italy), followed by Moldova (393), Montenegro (376), Kosovo (346), Romania (305) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (300), while the lowest rate was recorded in Slovakia (16).

In Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and in the Western Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania) 392,695 (+50,050) confirmed cases and 11.306 (+767) deaths were registered as of October 18. (ANSA).

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