Czechia imposes curfew for bars, restaurants

 

The Czech governmenton Thursday ordered bars and clubs to close at 10pm. and banned Christmas markets to prevent one of the highest rates of coronavirus infections in the world.


The new restrictions also include a maximum participation of 1,000 people in cultural and sporting events, stopping before the shutdown in neighboring Austria and Slovakia, where infection rates have even reached higher. Enjoyed this post? Never miss out on future posts by following us.


Just hours after the new restrictions were announced, the presidential office said President Milos Zeman had been taken to the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, although local media reported he did not. symptom.


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It was less than half a day after the 77-year-old leader left the hospital after 46 days of treatment for an unrelated chronic illness.


The Czech Republic recorded more than 25,000 new cases, a record high on Tuesday, and averaged 1,516 daily COVID19 cases per million population over the past week, the third highest in the world after Slovakia and Austria, according to Our World in Data.


Adam Vojtech said daily infections and hospitalizations were likely to rise further, but the government hoped the new measures would prevent the need for tighter restrictions.


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The pub and event restrictions are in addition to previous restrictions that barred people who have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID19 from places like pubs, restaurants, movie theaters, hair salons and gyms.


Many hospitals have canceled elective care to stock up on capacity for coronavirus patients, and some, especially in the southeastern part of the country near the borders with Slovakia and Austria, have reported that they are overflowing. On Thursday, 4,444 helicopters and a special ambulance bus transported 19 patients from the eastern city of Brno to hospitals in Prague, 200 kilometers (120 miles) away.


Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who will hand over the baton to the new administration in a few weeks, said the government supports mandatory vaccinations for those aged over 50 or 60 as well as certain occupations, and that’ it could be approved next week.


The Czech Republic has vaccinated 58.5% of its total population, well below the EU average of 65.8%, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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