Corona virus infections set a new record in the Czech Republic

Corona virus infections set a new record in the Czech Republic

Prague – The Czech Ministry of Health said on Wednesday that coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have jumped to a new record, reaching nearly 26,000 cases per day.

The daily tally was 25,864 on Tuesday, nearly 3,000 more than the previous record set on Friday.

The country’s infection rate has risen to 1,061 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, double what it was two weeks ago.

As the number of infections rises, the government is considering mandatory vaccination of certain groups of people, including the elderly, the military, the military and police officers.

Just over 58% of the Czech population has been fully vaccinated.

Another suggestion under consideration is to shorten the time between the second shot and the booster from six to five months.

The government is expected to announce its plan soon, possibly next week.

The latest troop surge has hit the country at a time of political transition after parliamentary elections in October.

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Some of the proposals and measures imposed by the outgoing government headed by Andre Babis are opposed by a five-party coalition that agreed to form a new government.

The new coalition strongly rejects any mandatory vaccination. “It’s not a solution, it just further divides society,” Vlastimil Valek, the new health minister candidate, said on Wednesday.

President Milos Zeman was due to appoint the new coalition leader, Peter Fiala, as prime minister-designate, on Friday, but it is not clear when the president might swear in his cabinet.

Some of the new restrictions targeting non-vaccinators went into effect on Monday. Most unvaccinated people are no longer allowed to show negative coronavirus tests to attend public events, go to bars and restaurants, visit hairdressers, museums and similar facilities, or use hotels. Only people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 will still be eligible.

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The new coalition said it wants to get back to allowing negative tests to be a pass on to those places and activities.

Overall, the country of 10.7 million has recorded more than 2 million cases of COVID-19 and 32,408 deaths.

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