November 10, 2021, 12:23 PM
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In neighboring Czech Republic, new infections jumped to levels close to record numbers seen during previous waves, authorities said.
PRAGUE — Coronavirus cases soared to a new record high in Slovakia on Wednesday, with some hospitals having to move COVID-19 patients elsewhere in the country because they couldn’t take any more.
By KAREL JANICEK Associated Press
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The Slovak Health Ministry reported that the daily increase of new infections hit 7,055 on Tuesday, surpassing the previous record of 6,805 set last Thursday.
The number of people needing hospital treatment rose to a total of 2,478, with 370 admitted this week, the ministry said.
About 80% of the hospitalized have not been fully vaccinated. Slovakia has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the EU. Only 2.4 million people out of a population of nearly 5.5 million have been fully vaccinated.
Some hospitals in western and eastern Slovakia say they have had to transport patients to other clinics in the country because they were unable to treat more patients in serious condition. “We’re facing a catastrophic development in hospitals,” President Zuzana Caputova said. The vaccinate rate needs to “significantly speed up,” Caputova added.
Government officials were meeting later Wednesday to approve new restrictions such as limits on the movements of those who are unvaccinated. In the Czech Republic, the Health Ministry said the daily tally of new cases reached 14,539 on Tuesday, about 4,500 more than a week ago and the highest number since March 12.
“The situation’s not good,” Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Wednesday. “We again appeal to everyone to get vaccinated.” Almost 6.2 million people in the nation of 10.7 million have been fully vaccinated. That’s below the average among the European Union nations.
The country’s infection rate rose to 558 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, more than double the figure recorded in neighboring Germany. The record daily high of 17,776 was registered on Jan 7.