The Czech Republic currently has the highest per capita dengue infection rate in the European Union, according to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC).
The country recorded 1,448.7 cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days, according to an ECDC report released Wednesday. That surpassed Belgium, which recorded 1,424.2 new infections per 100,000 people.
The Czech Republic still leads the EU in per capita deaths in the last 14 days, with 13.5 Covid-19 deaths per 100,000.
On Wednesday, a public holiday in the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Health recorded 12,977 new cases of the virus. That is down from Tuesday’s record high of 15,663 cases.
As of Wednesday, there were 174,965 active infections in the Czech Republic, including 6,624 patients in hospitals. The death toll was 2,675, according to the health ministry.
New Minister of Health: Czech President Milos Zeman will appoint Jan Blatný, deputy director of the southeastern city of Brno, as his new health minister on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the president. Blatný will be the country’s third health minister in the next six weeks. Earlier this year, Blatný tweeted that Covid-19 was just a “worse flu”.