Czech infections hit new record high, president on his way home

Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have reached a new record high, hitting the country’s president and delaying the appointment of a new prime minister

Prague – Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic reached a new record high on Friday, a surge that struck the country’s president and delayed the appointment of a new prime minister.

The health ministry said the daily number of new cases stood at 27,717 the previous day. This is nearly 2,000 more than the previous record set on Tuesday.

The country’s infection rate has reached a new record high of 1,231 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days.

Meanwhile, Czech President Milos Zeman will be discharged from the military hospital in Prague on Saturday. A day earlier, he was discharged after over a month of treatment for an unspecified illness but was re-admitted just hours after testing positive for COVID-19. The hospital said the president received monoclonal antibodies and has no symptoms of COVID-19.

The presidential office said that following his discharge, Zeman would swear in Petr Fiala, the leader of the election-winning coalition, as the country’s new prime minister. The ceremony was to be held on Friday.

“It is in everyone’s interest to form a new government soon,” Fiala said.

The new record surge came a day after the Czech government declared a 30-day state of emergency and imposed additional coronavirus restrictions in its effort to combat it.

Among other measures that took effect Friday, all Christmas markets across the country have been banned, such as drinking alcohol in public places. Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, discotheques and casinos to close at 10 pm

Culture and sporting events will limit the number of people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 to 1,000, while all other public gatherings may have 1,000 visitors below 100.

The country of 10.7 million has recorded 32,643 deaths.

The Czech Republic has also banned the entry of foreigners who have spent more than 12 hours in the past two weeks in response to the new coronavirus variant in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia, Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

Exceptions include EU citizens and long-term Czech residents.


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