The Czech Republic on Thursday reported 16,936 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data released by the country’s Health Ministry. 

The number of positive cases among the people tested is nearly 52% in the central European country of 10.7 million.

Some 75 people also died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 11,580.

Around 5,900 people are currently receiving COVID-19 treatment in hospitals while 800 of them are in critical condition.

The number of cases per capita in the Czech Republic is four times higher than in neighboring Germany.

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