#Czech hospitals in #coronavirus crisis “Each vacated bed fills up immediately”

Medical facilities in Prague are reaching the limit of their capacities – personal and inpatient. According to statistics, 1,171 covid patients were hospitalized in Prague on Wednesday, of which about a quarter are in serious condition.

“Every bed that is vacated is immediately occupied. We accept patients in an acute condition, but we must consider very carefully every free bed that occurs, “said Sulek.

Currently, the hospital is mainly looking for paramedics and general nurses, but they have been in short supply for a long time. “Every free hand fits. The duty to work would help us a lot,” says the spokesman.

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Czech Republic makes #coronavirus testing #compulsory for companies with 50+ employees

From March 12th, all employees at companies with over 250 staff must test negative for coronavirus once a week to continue going into work, and this will apply to all companies with over 50 employees from March 15th. Around 2.1 million employees will be tested in the next two weeks. Photo: Ministers at the press conference after the government meeting on March 1.

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Three cases of South African coronavirus variant B.1.351 confirmed in Czech kindergarten

Elisabeth Pharmacon laboratory in Brno, Czech Republic has detected three cases of the South African mutation of the coronavirus, in samples taken in a local kindergarten. Neuroscientist and molecular biologist Omar Šerý, Director of Elisabeth Pharmacon.

“Elisabeth Pharmacon’s laboratories have just confirmed the South African mutation by sequencing in all three of the flagged samples from the Brno nursery. At the same time, it was confirmed that we have a quick way to detect the South African mutation within two hours by multi-point analysis of suspicious samples,” said Šerý.

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Gorillas and lions infected with #coronavirus in #Prague zoo

A gorilla and two lions have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Prague Zoo, which is closed amid lockdown restrictions in the country.

The animals were mostly likely infected by staff and other animals will be tested, Bobek said. Prague Zoo was in touch with other zoos that have seen COVID-19 cases.

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B.1.258∆, a #SARSCoV2 variant with ∆H69/∆V70 in the Spike protein circulating in the #Czech Republic and #Slovakia

We analyzed SARS-CoV-2 samples collected from various regions of Slovakia between November and December 2020 that were presumed to contain the B.1.1.7 variant due to traveling history of the virus carriers or their contacts. Sequencing of these isolates revealed that although in some cases the samples were indeed confirmed as B.1.1.7, a substantial fraction of isolates contained another ∆H69/∆V70 carrying mutant belonging to the lineage B.1.258, which has been circulating in Central Europe since August 2020, long before the import of B.1.1.7. Phylogenetic analysis shows that the early sublineage of B.1.258 acquired the N439K substitution in the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the Spike protein and, later on, also the deletion ∆H69/∆V70 in the Spike N-terminal domain (NTD). This variant is particularly common in several European countries including Czech Republic and Slovakia, and we propose to name it B.1.258∆.


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Czech #vaccine against #coronavirus nearing completion

Intensive work is continuing on the development of a Czech-produced vaccine against COVID-19, planned for distribution to the public later this year, as confirmed by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček. The vaccine is reported to be almost 90% effective. Novavax CZ, the Prague-based branch of US company Novavax, is expected to produce approximately one billion doses of the vaccine.

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60 million confirmed #coronavirus infections globally, and the rate is still increasing

There have now been more than 60,000,000 confirmed coronavirus infections globally and the infection rate is still increasing.


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EU warns not enough #COVID vaccines for all in Europe until 2022

Only part of the European Union population can be inoculated against the new coronavirus before 2022, EU officials said in an internal meeting, as the vaccines the bloc is securing may not prove effective or may not be manufactured in sufficient doses



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Czech Republic – Shops and Services to Close from Tomorrow

Exceptions include shops selling food, fuels, medicine and hygiene products, small animals and food for animals, tobacco, as well as laundromats, towing and repair services, delivery pick-up facilities, ticket offices, funeral services, flower shops and several others.

Citizens should restrict movement and keep contact with others to a minimum, to go to work or gather basic supplies.



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