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Czechs, once exemplary in combating the virus, are struggling to contain a new outbreak

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

People wait at the sampling point for testing on COVID-19 on the Wenceslas Square in Prague, Czech Republic, September 10, 2020. Photo/Vit Simanek (CTK via AP Images)

The Czech Republic has reported 1,447 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's largest ever spike in cases in one day, according to data released by the health ministry on Saturday.

The Czech Republic has reported 1,447 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's largest ever spike in cases in one day, according to data released by the health ministry on Saturday.

The country has reported a total of 33,860 confirmed cases, and the death toll stands at 460.

As of Saturday, Australia's Victoria State has 19,800 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with Melbourne accounting for 886 of those cases, according to Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services.

India is the second-worst hit country in the world in terms of total coronavirus cases, behind only the United States.

India reported 97,570 new coronavirus cases Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare -- the third day in a row the country has set a global record for daily infections.

The ministry also reported 1,091,251 Covid-19 tests were performed Friday, bringing the country's total number of tests to 55,189,226.

India is the second-worst hit country in terms of total cases, behind only the United States.

Amid rapidly spreading fires across California and other western parts of the United States, several medical professionals are warning unhealthy air quality from wildfire smoke can make people more susceptible to Covid-19 and worsen existing infections.

CNN Medical Analyst and ER physician Dr. Leana Wen also agreed air pollution increases the likelihood of respiratory illnesses -- and those illnesses can make vulnerable populations experience more severe effects from Covid-19.

Wen said there are also legitimate short-term concerns that the smoke-filled air will likely drive more coronavirus-positive people indoors, which could also potentially lead to a rise in the spread of the virus.

Brazil’s health ministry reported 874 new Covid-19 deaths on Friday, raising the country’s death toll to 130,396.

According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, Brazil is the third-worst hit country in the world in terms of cases, behind only India and the United States.

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