strict measures appear to be paying off
As you know if you've followed my recent posts, the Czech Government has enacted strict measures in an attempt to "flatten the curve" (a phrase we are all very familiar with now) of the Coronavirus outbreak here. And I'm happy to say that it appears that it might be paying off.
On Sunday we passed the 1,000 mark in terms of the number of infected people, but so far, we have had NO deaths due to the disease, and 6 people have recovered. That is certainly wonderful news!
Here’s the latest update on the Coronavirus outbreak in the Czech Republic. Things are happening quickly, as they are in the U.S. and other countries around the globe.
Since my last update on March 9th, confirmed cases have gone from 29 to 32 the next day to 94 as of last night (March 11th). This is expected, given how contagious the virus is and, as I mentioned in my last post, the return of so many Czech citizens and residents from Italy, one of the most highly affected areas, over the weekend. As I also mentioned at that time, the government had begun to take measures designed to curb the spread in an attempt to prevent what has happened in Italy.
school closings and other new measures
Since then, more measures have been taken. On Tuesday, it was announced that all schools would close from the following day through the beginning of April, and events with more than 100 attendees were cancelled. Yesterday, the government announced that all museums and galleries would close, followed by an announcement that castles and other historic sites would also close.
I know that most of you who are considering a trip to Prague this year are concerned about the #coronavirus and are not sure what to do. We are all in the same boat, & at the moment the best thing to do is to stay informed, follow healthcare professionals' advice and track government travel warnings and restrictions.
Here in #Prague, we had our first cases confirmed this past Sunday (3 people). All of them had been to Italy just a few days prior, which has been hit very hard with the virus. Since then, another two cases were confirmed today, and both of those people had been either in contact with the previously identified cases or had stayed at the same hotel in Italy.
So far, we do not have community spread or clusters. However, this virus seems to be highly contagious, so my guess is it's just a matter of time before more cases appear, as one of the infected persons was a tourist who had been out and about before becoming ill.
I am an American who has been living in Prague for two decades. After a long career in international finance, I left the business world to pursue other interests. I now works as a writer, mentor and guide to the city.