June 19, 2020 / 8:17 AM / 23 days ago

Czechs record biggest daily jump in coronavirus cases in two months

FILE PHOTO: People stand on the Vltava river bank amid an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Prague, Czech Republic, April 29, 2020. REUTERS/David W Cerny

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic reported its biggest one-day jump in new coronavirus cases in two months on Friday, with the daily rise exceeding 100 for only the third time since mid-April.

The number of new cases was 118 on Thursday, the Health Ministry said, the largest daily rise since April 21. The central European country has since May been relaxing rules to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The country had reported 10,283 cases as of Friday morning, of which almost three quarters have recovered. Its death toll of 334 is a fraction of those seen it its western neighbours.

With cases waning, the government has started focusing on localised measures rather than nationwide bans to contain the spread of the virus.

According to health officials, the country has two hot spots in Prague and the eastern mining region of Karvina.

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Reporting by Jason Hovet; Editing by Catherine Evans

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