Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have surged to record highs, the president of the country has been hit and the appointment of a new prime minister has been postponed
PRAGUE-On Friday, the rate of coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic jumped to a record high. This surge hit the country’s president and delayed the appointment of a new prime minister.
The Ministry of Health stated that the number of new cases per day reached 27,717 the previous day. This is nearly 2,000 higher than the previous record set on Tuesday.
In the past 7 days, the country’s infection rate has risen to a record high of 1,231 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
At the same time, Czech President Milos Zeman will be discharged from the military hospital in Prague on Saturday. A day ago, he was discharged from hospital after more than a month of treatment for an unspecified disease, but was re-admitted only a few hours after testing positive for COVID-19. The hospital said that the president received the monoclonal antibody and has no symptoms of COVID-19.
The president’s office said that after he resigns, Zeman will be sworn in as the country’s new prime minister after winning the election of the leader of the coalition, Petr Fiala. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be held on Friday.
“It is in everyone’s interest to establish a new government as soon as possible,” Fiala said.
The next day after the Czech government declared a 30-day state of emergency and imposed additional coronavirus restrictions in response to the situation, a new record surge was reported.
Among other measures that took effect on Friday, all Christmas markets across the country are banned, as is drinking alcohol in public places.Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, discos and casinos must be closed at 10pm
Participation in cultural and sporting events will be limited to 1,000 people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, while all other public gatherings can have a maximum of 100 visitors, which is less than 1,000.
This country of 10.7 million people has registered 32,643 deaths.
The Czech Republic also bans entry of foreigners who have stayed more than 12 hours in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia in the past two weeks in response to the new variant of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.
Exceptions include EU nationals and long-term Czech residents.
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