Czech republic reports 5,335 new coronavirus cases, highest one-day tally since pandemic started

A medical staff member wearing a protective suit takes a swab as people are tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a newly opened drive-in sampling station in Prague, Czech Republic, October 7, 2020. REUTERS/David W Cerny

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic reported 5,335 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, its highest one-day tally since the pandemic started, Health Ministry data showed on Thursday.

The rise surpassed a previous record of 4,457 reported the previous day as the country of 10.7 million had Europe’s fastest per-capita spike in cases in the past two weeks. In total, it has recorded 95,360 cases since March, along with 829 deaths.

(The story corrects total number of cases in paragraph 2)

Reporting by Jan Lopatka