Covid cases slowly rising with start of new school year

The Czech Republic registered 139 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, which is 58 more than on the same day a week ago, according to Health Ministry data. It is the highest incidence on a Sunday in over two months. There has been a daily increase in Covid numbers for seven days in succession, confirming fears of an accelerated spread of the infection with the start of the new school year and increased mobility among the population. The reproduction number is currently at 1.27. The highest number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants is currently in the Karlovy Vary region, followed by Prague and South Bohemia. Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said September would be indicative of how badly the country might be hit by a fourth wave of the pandemic in the autumn. Close to 6 million Czechs are now fully vaccinated and the Health Ministry is hoping to see 75 percent of the population inoculated by the end of November.