Czech Republic and Slovakia see record issues and research limitations

Czech Republic and Slovakia see record issues and research limitations

Prague – PRAGUE – The Czech Republic and Slovakia reported record daily numbers of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a day before the governments of neighboring European countries plan to approve new restrictions in response to rising infections.

The daily number in the Czech Republic rose to 22,479 new cases, exceeding the previous record set on January 7 by about 5,000 cases and more than 8,000 cases from last week.

The country’s infection rate rose to 813 new cases per 100,000 residents during the past seven days, up from 558 in the previous week.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the government is considering several options, including following neighboring Austria in ordering to shut down unvaccinated residents. Another measure under review is no longer allowing people to attend public events or go to bars and restaurants based on coronavirus test results.

Slovakia reported 8,342 new cases of the virus, surpassing the previous record of 7,244 cases on Friday. The Slovak government plans to impose new restrictions on unvaccinated people as the country’s hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

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Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said his government will vote on Thursday on recommendations from an advisory group of medical experts. Among the proposals, which will be presented for three weeks, are banning unvaccinated individuals from non-essential stores, malls, gyms, swimming pools, hotels and public gatherings.

The Slovak Ministry of Health said that 81% of 2,879 hospitalized patients in the country have not received coronavirus vaccines.

The Czech Republic and Slovakia have lower than average vaccination rates in the 27 European Union countries.

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